Monday, June 11, 2012

Post-op Day 6 + Pics from Vail

It's crazy to think that it's been 6 days since my hip surgery. The time since then has flown by.....yes, partly due to my drug induced state the first few days, but also because, believe it or not, it's been non-stop since I came out of surgery. I've been going to PT 2hrs every morning, 2hrs every afternoon (weekends included) + 40min a day on the spin bike + at home exercises, and this week I'll add two sessions a week of aqua therapy/pool running/swimming. The Rehab in Vail has been amazing and so I decided to stay another 2 weeks to take advantage of getting a good start on the road back to recovery.

Below are some pics from the past incisions 1 day post-op, the 45min drive to check out Leadville on Saturday (altitude recovery at 10, 000ft), and my new friend the spin bike....c'mon, let me add some more resistance! Just joking! ;)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Day 1 Post-Op

Just a short note to say that surgery yesterday went really well and I left the hospital this morning. The last thing I remember after being wheeled into OR yesterday evening was looking at the clock on the wall, seeing that it was 3:30pm and feeling like I had never been so hungry in my life (I had been fasting since midnight the night before). The next thing I remember was being wheeled into recovery, doing a double take at the time on the clock, 9:40pm, and wondering what was for dinner. I'll spare you the details, but it must be true what they say about drugs increasing your appetite!

As for my surgery, I couldn't have asked for a better outcome. I think most surgeons pre-op are cautious in predicting recovery times and until surgery is over, there's a certain amount of apprehension and wishing for the best. I'm happy to say that my surgery went as well as I could have expected. Dr Philippon repaired my labrum, and shaved the excess bone from my acetabulum (socket part of the hip  joint), and also from the head of my femur (the ball part of the joint), thereby eliminating the impingement that had caused the labral tear to develop. He then did a PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection to speed up the healing process.

Immediately after surgery, I was put on a CPM (continuous passive motion) machine that moved my hip and knee for 6hrs last night, and then I was off to Physical Therapy at 7am for a two hour session of exercises, crutch walking and 15min on a spin bike. At 3pm this afternoon, I'll head back for another 2hr PT session, followed this evening by another 4hrs on the CPM machine. I'll repeat this for the next 7 days until I head back to San Diego next Wednesday. I'll also start pool therapy at the beginning of next week and swimming a few days later.

Thank you to all my friends and family, coach and sponsors for your amazing support over the last couple of weeks. I have a busy month of rehab ahead, but I'm looking forward to getting back training on a now stable hip, and finishing the season with a kick.:)