Thursday, January 3, 2013

One Year Post-Op Visit

One Year Since My Surgery

So back in November I went for my one year post-op visit with my surgeon.  Since I am still in pain at one year post-op it is time to take some action.

The first thing my surgeon suggestion was a viscous injection.  It is a serious of injections that should lubricate my joint and make it feel better.  He also suggested that we could add cortisone to the injection and try that, but I think I will stay far, far away from cortisone injections for now on.  I had one in my hand and one in my hip before.

I need to see if my insurance will cover the injections before I make an appointment to do the injections.  Otherwise injections cost about $800 each time I get one and I need between 3 and 6.

Next I will get another MRI to see what is going on in my hip.  My MRI won't look normal but maybe my surgeon will be able to see something.  Also I will get a 3D CT scan to see the shape of my pelvis and see if I need a pelvis surgery.  A pelvis surgery would be an open surgery so hopefully that is not the case.

If my hip is still hurting after the injections and after I get the scans I need then I may proceed with another scope surgery.  This surgery can clean up any labral tears that may still be in there and graft some more cartilage into my hip joint.

Overall my hip still hurts quite badly, but I am doing better than I was just 5 months ago.  I am more mobile and can do more walking and standing on my own without crutches than I could just 5 months ago.  I have been taking it easy over the holidays and I have not had a major flare in about 3 weeks.  Last night was really, really cold and I took Penny to the dog park and my hip was achy last night and today, but not an excruciating flare up that I sometimes get.

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