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I am 13 weeks post-op. I had femoroacetabular Impingement in both hips with a torn labrum and bursitis in the right hip. After doing some research I thought I'd be better than I currently am, but it seems that what is written or reported by doctors online is not quite accurate as far as the pain and recovery time goes. Some said you'd be n on crutches for maybe 2 weeks then be able to go back to work. I call bs on that, but my experience may be different from yours. My dr thinks I'm actually ahead of what he expected, which is good to hear. Ok, so pain...the first week is very difficult. Walking with crutches Is hard if you don't have good upper body strength. The pain is bad, I'm not going to lie to you. Take your meds on time, don't skip a dose, even at night. I slept in a recliner for about 2 weeks. It offered more support and our bedroom upstairs, which is difficult to navigate at first. The second week the pain is better. You should be able to sleep through the night and you generally start feeling better rested. Now, because of my impingements, my femur head was also reshaped and the bursa sac was removed. My movements were restricted because of that. I don't know how long you've been in pain, but when you have hip or lower back issues, you tend to be very guarded, meaning your muscles get tight, anticipating a movement that may hurt, so that changes your gait too. I was not allowed to rotate my leg outward for almost 10 weeks and because of that the muscles around my pelvis are super tight. I was not aloud to even start pt until 6 weeks post op. Alot of my physical therapy has been to stretch and strengthen those muscles. That takes time. More Time than I thought. I was out of work for 4 weeks. By the 3rd week you may still have some pain, but resting often helps. You just don't have the stamina to go back to work after a couple of weeks. This kind of surgery is nothing like a total hip replacement. I had a friend 20 yrs older than me have a replacement done 2 days before my surgery and she was up almost immediately and in physical therapy right away. People think that's a worse surgery but it's not, it's a completely different kind of procedure. The healing of soft tissure, the labrum and such takes alot more time. I have about 3 more weeksof physical therapy and my dr said it's not uncommon for it to take 6 months to a year before I feel lIke myself again. But again, everyone is different. You may recover much quicker. I'm glad I had the surgery and I do think I will be better than before, I just have to be patient. I hope I haven't scared you. The first person to be completely honest with me was the anesthesiologist. He said hip surgery is a really hard surgery and a painful one and he wasn't lying. If you have any questions please feel free to ask





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