I knew that surgery was the direction we were headed, but the paperwork had not officially been filed. Everything took a little longer than usual because of the holidays, yet the result was the same. The doctor signed on the dotted line, and we are heading towards operation.
During this period of limbo, we had penciled in a tentative date of 1/31. When I saw the doctor Monday, they said that it is possible to get it done quicker, perhaps as early as next week. The wheels of the medical system turn slowly, however, so we have yet to finalize it on the calendar. My expectation is that it’ll be close to the end of the month as originally planned, give or take a few days.
We still don’t have a definite diagnosis, but we’re nearly 100% certain that the culprit is in the hip joint. The depth of the operation and subsequent recovery period will depend on what they find and what they do. As my doctor put it, they could just find a tendon “flopping around” (his words), which would be a relatively easy operation. There could be something else, any number of things that could be more involved. Since I’ve been living with this thing for 17 months (!), I’m confident that they’ll find something in the hip joint and will fix it.
Even if the surgery ends up being minor, recovery time is going to be slow. Hips heal slowly, as I know all too well. The best case scenario is 4-6 week recovery; worst case is around 8-12 weeks. It will hurt, and there’ll be a long period with no weight bearing. I imagine there will be some physical therapy as well, although we have yet to address that. Since cycling is a low impact sport, I could potentially begin a little riding during my recovery period. Hopefully. We’ll fight that battle when we get there.
I’ve never had surgery before. On one hand I’m a little nervous. On the other, I’m excited and impatient. I’m tired of this injury and ready to be rid of it. Let’s do this thing.