If you also have FAI pincer type they then get out the black and decker and 'TRIM' (what a illusionary nice word,) away acetabular rim until it recedes enough, that on re-test bone no longer hits bone and the impingement is gone. Or if you have the cam version or bony abnormalities they shave those down, so as to no longer impinge. Stitch you back up and bob's yer uncle! IF ONLY!
Here's how I imagine mine will go, with the scary bits they don't tell you! What is it like to have a hip arthroscopy??? So few people know..
From my point of view, as I steer towards 10th July 2009, I veer all over the place trying to google answers...hence why I am writing this, as no doubt there will be someone a few steps behind me.. you poor thing you!
I know this much, its the stuff that will happen whilst I am still awake that will get me! I will turn up shakily to hospital on the 10th July and beg for a pre-med (else risk bolting out!)
I believe I will then be led to theatre, terrified and intimidated by all the shiny technology and sterile green surgical uniforms. I will feel vulnerable wearing bugger all below my ridiculous bum flashing gown. I will be positioned on the bed, possibly with a hideous post between my legs, which they will later use to dislocate my hip (ok I shouldn't be thinking in this much detail I'm starting to breath too fast again, pass me a paper bag someone!) Then they will hack away for a good 5 mins as they try to get a needle into my hand or arm. I only have one available vein for that, which they never believe and insist of trying more convenient veins. They will persist and roll their eyes at each other before then relenting and using the advised vein in my right arm.
Then I know I will panic and say to my surgeon "Seriously please try keep the labrum, don't remove it, cos I've read the recovery isn't nearly as successful if debrided." Followed by a few more pleas to make me better after 6 years of suffering! Then I'll plead with the anesthetist to pay attention to keeping me alive and reel off that I might have a heart attack, or forget to breath and finally I'll say please make sure I'm ok, cos I really love been a mummy or some ridiculous statement, hopefully followed swiftly by 10, 9 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
And I prey when I wake (or that I do wake!) that I am not in too much pain, or too freaked out.
I came round from a sedation a few months ago, after a steroid procedure, well I didn't come round exactly, because they couldn't knock me out, as I was so wired! But as I 'came round' I could hear people groaning and really distressed in the recovery room, coming round from anesthetics... scary stuff..
I asked the nurse tending me for any tips re anesthetics and he said 'REALLY TRY to fall asleep with nice thoughts and feelings as you tend to wake in the same way you go to sleep'. I thought great! I'll probably wake screaming, sit bolt upright and try make a dash for it ending up flat on my face forgetting I can't walk after surgery!
hmmm normally I feel better after writing this, like I've off-loaded, but this time I feel all wound up!
BUT the other thing is in the states, you know where its 'really' 2009 as opposed to the UK where technology filters so slow its more 1989, the have ALL SORTS for rehab. They have pressure inflating leg wraps to avoid DVT, here its "can you just wiggle your toes regularly please".
They have you on CPM machine 6 hrs a day or so for passive motion, to keep the joint moving and boots to wear in bed to force your legs straight....here, NOTHING ...and that worries me!
I asked what was my aftercare and was told I'd be given a folder of exercises to keep me REALLY busy and see a physio intensively, twice a week? I call that casual!
SO, the aftercare looks a bit patchy here in jolly old bloody blighty!
Let me tell you this, I don't yet know how bad or good the surgery is, nor the long, long, long rehab, but I can tell you the actual waiting for the op is utter torture. If you're 'slightly' scared of hospitals and all they mean, like me its got to be the worst part, hasn't it??!