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How to prepare for hip labral tear surgery

  • April 16, 2018
  • By Stephanie, The Roving Fox
How to prepare for hip labral tear surgery

Prepare for hip labral tear surgery: my hip labral tear surgery recovery blog

I had a hip labral tear surgery for a hip labral tear in April 2018. I stressed out so much in advance of the surgery (and afterwards, too). I put a lot of thought into the preparation for the surgery, so I wrote down a few items for you that I found useful to prepare for hip surgery recovery.

More links to more specific articles about my hip labrum surgery and recovery:

-One year surgery update

-Read about my hip labral tear 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

April 15, 2018

Tomorrow is my first surgery at MGH, and I am both looking forward to it and dreading it. I have to be at the surgical center at 5:50am, which means a 4:30am wake up call (ouch!!!!)

To prepare for hip surgery, I’ve tried to compile a list of everything I might need. Here’s a short rundown of everything I’ve prepped in advance of my hip labral tear surgery. I tried to do a lot since Ken and my mom will have to literally have to do everything else for me for the next few weeks.

**Updated 3 weeks after surgery to let you know which items are worth the buy!**

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1. Raised toilet seat

I’ve heard that I can’t really get my legs to 90 degrees for a while, so hopefully this raised toilet seat will help make things easier the first few weeks after surgery.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: This is a must-have. It makes your life so much easier after hip labral tear surgery. I never realized how low regular toilets are! This also makes putting on pants a lot easier since being up higher causes less pain when trying to do things around your feet like pants and socks. My hip labral tear surgery recovery blog post wouldn’t be complete without this seat raiser! HealthSmart Portable Elevated Raised Toilet Seat Riser that fits Most Standard Seats, White: Health & Personal Care

Raised toilet seat, $19.86

2. Sleep mask

I’ll be sleeping in our living room for the first few days to avoid stairs, and it can get pretty bright. I found this pretty silk sleep mask I am excited to try!

**Updated 3 weeks post op: This silk sleep mask is worth it if you’re sleeping in a bright room! Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, Blindfold, Super Smooth Eye Mask (Black): Health & Personal Care

Silk sleeping mask, $14.99

3. Popscicles

Ken picked up some organic popscicles from Whole Foods for me to eat after my arthroscopic hip surgery. I know I will be dehydrated and nauseous after the surgery, so these will be a huge help!

**Updated 3 weeks post op: I was sooooo thirsty and dehydrated for 2-3 days after surgery. I chugged tons of water, Gatorade, and popscicles. Staying hydrated after hip surgery surgery was a must, and eating didn’t feel like an option right away since I was so dry.

4. Crutch covers

I am supposed to be on crutches for 6 weeks, so I also added these cute crutch covers to my cart. Hopefully they will help with some of the bruising under my arms I had last time I used crutches.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: love these teal crutch covers! They are so soft and help the crutch tops not dig into my sides. Plus they match my shoes, so I look super sleek crutching around (in my own mind).

Universal Crutch Underarm Pad Covers - Luxurious Soft Fleece with Sculpted Memory Foam Cores (Teal)

Crutch covers, $14.99

5. Pad for chairs

I also picked up this memory foam seat cushion to make riding in a car or sitting more comfortable. I figured a little extra padding can’t hurt, right? I liked how this one has room for your tailbone to chillax.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: Also a great buy. I find that when I sit, my hip feels ok, but the muscles in my bum get really tight. This pad is also really helpful for hard chairs like at restaurants. : Everlasting Comfort Seat Cushion for Office Chair - Tailbone Cushion - Coccyx Cushion - Sciatica Pillow for Sitting (Black) : Office Products

Memory foam seat cushion, $39.95


You aren’t supposed to shower for 3 days after surgery, so how the h are you supposed to stay clean?! WIPES. For your bum and face. Get into it.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: I was able to wash my face just fine, so I didn’t use too many face wipes. But the other wipes were great since you can’t shower for several days following surgery.

Cottonelle FreshCare Flushable Wipes, 42 Count (Pack of 8) (Packaging May Vary)

Cottonelle wipes, 8 pack, $29.97

7. Bandaids

I am also supposed to keep my incisions dry while showering, so I picked up a variety of Band Aids and other random items. I’ve been super interested in the healing properties of Manuka honey, and was excited to find these special bandaids!

**Updated 3 weeks post op: I bought too many bandaids! Oh well – I still have to get the hip labral tear surgery done on my left side so they will get used. I just started using the Manuka honey cream a few days ago and really notice it’s keeping the incisions soft. I am a big fan of Manuka honey for its healing properties and wanted to share these bandaids on my hip labral tear surgery recovery blog.

**Update as of May 2020–the Manuka bandages are sold out online! You can use a Manuka cream like the one linked here and below. First Honey Wound Healing Ointment 0.5 oz | 100% Active Leptospermum | Fast Relief & Skin Repair | Manuka Honey from New Zealand Antibiotic Free Burn Care, Scar Gel, Dressing Aid:

Manuka Honey Cream, $17.50

8. A grabber

Other people who have a hip labral tear surgery recovery blog have said these little grabbers are invaluable for picking up things you drop. We already had one at the house, but this one looks pretty sturdy.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: I didn’t use this at all, actually.

Ettore Grip'n Grab: Multi-Purpose Reach Tool with Rotating Rubber Grip Head

Grabber, $18.38

9. Slip on shoes like Oofos sneakers

I won’t be tying shoes any time soon, but I wanted to pick up a lightweight shoe that could slip on with comfort. These Oofos shoes are made with shock absorbent foam, which is perfect for recovering from hip surgery. Slip on shoes are going to be best so I don’t have to bend over to tie shoes, too.

**Updated 3 weeks post op: Definitely buy easy slip on shoes! These Oofos sneakers are so easy to take on and off, especially if you have a long shoe horn. They provide a lot of support and are really lightweight, which is great when your leg feels so heavy after surgery and your hip flexor is weak. They also absorb shock really well and make you feel like you’re walking on a cloud.

Oofos sneakers Oofos shoes

10. A tall chair

A tall chair or drafting chair will come in super handy for sitting down and getting up from a higher place than a regular chair. Just make sure if you buy one with rollers, so make sure it’s stable each time you get up and down. Or place a rug underneath it to help with the stability of it. Boss Office Products Ergonomic Works Drafting Chair with Adjustable Arms in Black: Furniture & Decor

Tall chair, $100.67

Wash everything and try not to panic

I’ve done tons and tons of laundry and picked up the house since I won’t be able to do that for a while. We scooped the cat box, took out the trash, prepped the fridge and freezer, cleaned the bathrooms, and made sure we are as ready as possible.

Now to set the alarm and wait for the surgery!!

I hope this list helps you prepare for hip surgery, too!

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?

By Stephanie, The Roving Fox, April 16, 2018
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  • Katie
    October 20, 2020

    THANK YOU for posting this! Oddly enough, I have my surgery scheduled at Waltham too for early December. Was your Surgeon Dr. Martin by chance?

    A few questions for you: I only have a tub, do you think it will be hard to get my leg over the lip post surgery when trying to shower?

    How long did you take off from work prior to working from home?

    Was sitting painful? Like in a car for example?

    • Stephanie
      October 20, 2020

      Hi Katie, yes I had Dr. Martin! The surgical center is really nice and the nurses were so friendly, good luck! I also have a tub. If yours is like a soaker tub you might have some problems. But if it’s a normal tub you will be ok. You might need someone to help you the first few showers so you don’t lose balance, but then you will be able to balance and pivot using a crutch. I have been working from home for a few years so I actually didn’t take much time “off.” I kept working from bed basically the day after the surgery. Sitting was uncomfortable, but I had a memory foam pillow I carried around with me to sit on. Good luck and stay in touch!

  • Krystyn
    April 15, 2021

    So glad I found this and your other posts on hib labrum surgery. I need to have it done this year, trying to put it off until the Fall to enjoy the summer/running weather…pain is worsening though so we’ll see how that goes. Thanks for the tips I found here…helpful, but I’m also quite worried about the long recovery.

  • Corinne
    October 21, 2021

    I had hip labrum surgery on my left hip four years ago when I was 64. I had/have been a runner, but the pain got so bad that I could hardly walk; it was more like a hobble. After the surgery, I used crutches and a walker, and one of those tub seats to use in the shower. I wasn’t in terrible pain afterwards, and I healed well. I think I had to use the crutches for six weeks. I definitely feel that the surgery was worth it. Oh, and I was retired so I didn’t have to worry about work. But I think I could have gone back to work within a week.

  • Monique
    October 21, 2021

    Stephanie, Thank you so much for sharing you story! I am checking in to see how you are doing now and how many months post op you are? I was recently diagnosed with 2 labral tears and they are recommending a hip arthroscopy cam pincer resection. Did you have that? Do you think it was all worth it? What kind of activities are you doing now and are you pain free yet and free of clicking, catching and locking in the hip joint? Can you do moderate weight lifting or dancing (pivoting) pain free? I would like to be able to dance (not ballet…just freestyle), swim and do weightlifting after the surgery with little to no pain. If I cannot do that I don’t think it would be worth it for me.

    • Stephanie
      October 28, 2021

      Hi Monique, I am actually 3 years out from the surgery now. I had the hip arthroscopy, labral tear repair, bone shaving, and they did a medical trial on me with my own stem cells. I can definitely dance, bike, weight lift, play tennis, and swim with no pain. The muscles still get pretty tight, so I am diligent about stretching and foam rolling.

  • Amy Simpfenderfer
    April 6, 2022

    Thank you sooo much for this perfect blog post on lab tear surgery. Just what I need to know for my upcoming surgery in a couple weeks! TY?

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