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Hip Arthroscopic Surgery to fix Labral Tear

Hip arthroscopic surgery to repair the torn cartilage in my hip socket...

Date:   9/2/2012 7:22:38 AM   ( 8 y ) ... viewed 4352 times

Tuesday, 20 August 2012, my husband and I went to see my orthopedic surgeon. After reviewing my pain level and healing progress, we decided to perform surgery to repair the torn cartilage around my hip socket.

Friday, 31 August 2012, I went for the Arthroscopic Procedure. I was in early (about 08h00) and out the same afternoon (about 16h00). The surgery lasted about 3 hours. Beforehand, the orthopedic surgeon briefly spoke to me and then the anathesisyst came to speak to me. Being the lengthiest conversation I have ever had with an anaesthetist, he kind of managed to slightly ease my nerves, explaining that I will receive a general anaesthetic (inducing unconsciousness) and local anaesthetic in my hip and leg (causing numbness and lameness in those areas). My leg would be put in traction, as to slightly dislocate my hip socket, in order to reach the area which was to be repaired. He warned that I will feel cold upon waking, due to to cold fluid they will use to continuously 'wash' the area being worked on. He also mentioned that my throat might feel scratchy due to the ventilator pipe which will be inserted to help me breathe.

I had to sighn some consent forms... I really should have read through it, but alas, I didnt, but it had something to do with the hospital having the right to incinerate all material taken from my body. My husband did peer over my shoulder, and I hope he was in more of a thinking, lucid state than I was. So he would have said something was off.

I was given a tablet 'to calm me'. After a while I was wheeled into the theatre 'servery' (!?) and parked in a nook of the room, next to a young woman. She complained of hunger and I affirmed. A nurse came and moved my bed to unblock the fridge, saying jokingly that she needs a beer. When I said I would like one too, she answered:'No, you are getting the good drugs soon!"

So, in they wheeled my bed to the theatre, where I beheld something that looked like a med-evil torture instrument - obviously to strap my feet into and pull the hip out of socket. I chose not to look at it for too long. I was given some oxygen and a drip. The anaesthetist warned that the drug will sting, and just as I wanted to confirm the burning in my hand, I was off.

When I woke up, the first thing I said was:'I had a dream' - someone asked me what had I dreamt, and I said I couldn't remember.

The surgeon came to see me in the ward, and told me that he had a surprise when he went into my hip. Initially on the MRI he saw a tear between the hip socket and the labrum about 5mm wide, but when he looked inside he saw that there is a radial tear as well. He said that it caused him difficulty securing the anchor to fix the tear at the site of the bone, because each time the stitch would slip into the radial tear. My husband wondered how he could have missed the radial tear with such an expensive scan as the MRI...so do I. But anyway, the surgeon said he was pleased with the outcome. I have to go and see him in ten days time.

I was very cold and shivering when I came to again in the ward. The general anaesthetic wore off quite quickly, leaving my head clear. No dipping in and out of consciousness. I stayed in the ward until about 16h00 and then discharged myself.

I have managed to keep the pain under control with a whole assortment of painkillers prescribed to me. I am not to happy about having to take it, but when the painkillers wears off, I can feel my hip, and it is not pleasant. So, I will comply to the request of the doctor, and manage my pain. A couple of Myrrh resin lumps sorted out my scratchy throat quick quick. My husband referred to the condition as "Pipe Throat" :-)

Early days, still a lot of pain. But hopefully my healing curve will be steeper this time, having me walking on both my feet without a crutch in about six weeks time.

I am still taking all my supplements: MSM, Glucosamine and chondroitin, one tablespoon gelatine per day, Boswellia and Commifora tincture, wheatgrass(just for good measure), multi-vitamins and Collagen Capsules. I managed to get a gel to apply locally, containing boswellia, devils claw, cape-chamomile, helichysum and DMSO. This gel is amazing. Soothing like mothers love. It just makes the pain go away, and lasts about six hours.

I am not eating solids for now, keeping my strength up with Ensure (meal replacement). I am not particularly hungry, but have to get something in my tummy before taking all those painkillers. I mix the gelatine with the ensure and it makes a kind of vanilla mouse. Yum. Pudding all day long.


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