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Hip Labrum Surgery: 6 Month Update After Hip Labral Tear Surgery

  • October 14, 2018
  • By Stephanie, The Roving Fox
Hip Labrum Surgery: 6 Month Update After Hip Labral Tear Surgery

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Hip Labrum Surgery 6 Month Update:

If you’ve been following my hip labrum surgery progress, you’ll remember that I had my right hip labrum repaired with arthroscopic hip surgery in April 2018. I had the surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital outpatient center in Waltham, MA.

Here are a few previous posts about my hip labrum surgery and recovery:

My diagnosis

How I prepared for surgery and a list of items that helped during recovery

Day 1 after surgery and semi-gross before and after pics of the labrum

Helpful Items for Hip Surgery

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6 Month Hip Labrum Surgery Update

This week will mark 6 months since the surgery, and I have mixed feelings about it, to be honest.

One of my main symptoms was the sheer amount of tightness in my hip flexor, glute, and piriformis muscles. Because the joint was unstable, the muscles were super tight. In order to release them I’d have to “foam roll” with a hard PVC pipe. It was literally the only thing that could break up the tightness.

Other than the muscle tightness, I had back pain. But I was not experiencing too much sharp joint pain.

During the surgery, the surgeon found out that my labrum was not only torn, but the torn flap had folded up in on itself (barf), and he also shaved down the bone to make sure it was smooth.

The recovery itself was mostly fine. I was on crutches for 6 weeks, and had a few scares when I would trip, but I did not experience much pain during the recovery.

I’ve also been in physical therapy since before the surgery, so it’s probably been almost a year that I’ve been in PT! I love the MGH Sports Therapy team, and my PT has been fantastic in listening to me and making sure that I am progressing at an appropriate rate.

That all being said, as I am incorporating more strength and running into my recovery program, I actually am noticing that the muscles in the hip are getting tight in the exact same way as before the hip labrum surgery. I actually had to roll on the PVC pipe the other day. That is concerning to me. I am just hoping that the muscles are getting used to their new activity and will start to adapt.

I’ve also noticed sharp pains happening in the hip. Sometimes it makes sense, like if I am stretching maybe too far, or after a running interval. But sometimes it hurts when I am just standing around. It’s weird. I especially notice it if I’ve been sitting for long periods of time. The doctor thinks it’s stemming from tight muscles. So I am curious to see how it progresses.

But in good news, my back pain is so much better. I am able to stand for longer without discomfort, which is awesome! I can also walk for a long time. Like recently in Paris, I was walking up to 18,000 steps PER DAY. And it was 90% comfortable!

But now the question is: do I get the hip labrum surgery on the left side? Yes, my left hip labrum is also torn!

The main symptom I was having on the left side was sciatica. The piriformis would tighten from activity and clamp down on the nerve, causing numbness and tingling on the left side. Since I’ve been doing less activity in general, the muscles haven’t really been tight enough to cause sciatica in the last several months. I can feel some clicking in the hip, but no pain or discomfort.

I am conflicted about whether to go through with the hip labrum surgery on the left. Especially since I am experiencing tightness and sharp pains on the right side! If I am not having pain on the left now, it’s hard to want to go through months of recovery. And then what if it ends up hurting more than now? Ugh.

Both the surgeon and the other surgeon I went to said it’s up to me if I want the surgery. They don’t think it will contribute to early arthritis or more wear, as long as I don’t go crazy with exercise (and to be honest, those crazy days are behind me at this point!).

I’d love to hear pros and cons from anyone who has had both sides done, or not. Thanks for following my hip labrum surgery journey!

More about my hip labrum journey:

How to prepare for hip surgery

Read about my diagnosis

Day 1 after hip labrum surgery

Day 5 after hip labrum surgery

One month update after hip labrum surgery

Six month update after hip labrum surgery

Hip labral tear surgery one year later: is it worth it?

Are Oofos shoes the perfect recovery shoes? An Oofos review

By Stephanie, The Roving Fox, October 14, 2018
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  • Amy Beth Strong
    April 4, 2019

    I had hip labral repair in March of ’18. Left side. If my right side were to tear, I don’t believe I would go thru the surgery and rehab again. It’s been a year and 3 weeks and anything over 3 miles gives me pain in the left side. I knew I would never run another marathon but was hoping for another slow half, but I just don’t see it. I’m thankful for my 3 miles and will make myself content with that. I’m 47, which I think is still young. But I gained 20 lbs in the last year or so and it’s harder and harder to get back off. These are my thoughts. Best of luck!!

    • Stephanie
      April 11, 2019

      Thank you, Amy Beth! I just posted a one year update, and I think I feel the same way about “fixing” my left side, which is also torn. It has been a long journey with pros and cons, but there are a few things that give me pause about the whole thing. Mainly, the very long recovery, continuing tightness on the right side, and sharp pains I’ve been getting in my right hip.

  • Mike K.
    June 6, 2019

    I had surgery on my right hip on December 10th 2018. It’s now six months later and I’m very frustrated. I play basketball, football, and softball, but after six months I still can’t run. I can do lunges and lift weights and my lateral movement is good but when I put extra weight on my hip it literally kills me. Do you know of anyone else that had this surgery and still can’t run after six months.

    • Stephanie
      June 6, 2019

      Hi Mike – I wrote you an email, but you should check out the FB group called “Hip Labral Tear Recovery /Private Group.” It’s a great resource for other hip-sters to ask each other questions and get advice!

  • Emily
    June 22, 2019

    Hi Stephanie,
    I’m 4 years post op on my left side and in hindsight I probably wouldn’t have gotten the surgery if I knew how I would be feeling even after so long. I still get the same symptoms I used to get, albeit less frequently, and actually ended up with limited mobility in my inner thigh/groin area. I’m so disappointed but I guess we never know how something will turn out! That being said, I wouldn’t do surgery on the other side if I was you, especially if you feel like you can function well and it’s not impacting your day to day activity. Just my thoughts!

    • Stephanie
      June 24, 2019

      Hi Emily – I feel the same way now! The right (surgical) hip still gets tight with sharp pains. The left isn’t acting up, so I don’t feel the need to operate on it right now. If the situation changes, I’d reconsider, but right now everything seems to be “good enough” for now. Thank you for your comment!

  • Jen Fitzpatrick
    August 15, 2019

    I wanted to give you the perspective of someone that has now had both sides done! I had my left hip repaired back in Sept of 2015. That tear, and the one in my right, occurred when I did a side split down the side of a mountain ( I do not recommend it! 🙂 ) Anyway, the recovery of the left one was quite bad, but within seven months, I was hiking with my son’s Boy Scout Troop and camping. The right side was not bothering me too much, so my doctor and I decided to leave it be until I knew it was time to do something about it. The goal was to never need it, but everything went downhill back at the end of January when I was out snowshoeing. Ended up having the surgery the end of February and while I was recovering slowly at first, lately I am slowly going backwards. MRI isn’t helping, so they are taking me in for exploratory surgery the beginning of September. They have a few ideas of what could be happening, but won’t know until they get in there. Guess what I am trying to say is that every repair is different and while you think you know what to expect, things could go differently than what you are thinking. I thought the right side would be a piece of cake and it is anything but….

    • Stephanie
      August 19, 2019

      That is so true, Jen! Each side can be totally different in terms of symptoms and recovery. I am hoping my left side will hold out, but I know that can change in an instant. Good luck with your surgery this fall. I hope whatever they find is not too serious or problematic!

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