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    torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?


    back story" late 2014 hip pain and "locking" led to to a hip specialist and PT then then an MRI then a Diagnosis of a torn labrum.
    Arthroscopic surgery and 6 weeks later i'm sort of walking. 6 months i'm can go back to "Div 1 athlete training" level

    since then have taken it easy on the hip little running etc/ pounding but still havent gotten back to doing all I want to do( skiing/ mtn biking/ hiking/backpacking due to to time) it was to start this month

    Well since November. hip pain has increased to eventual bursitis level hurt but sharp pin( similar to pain last time torn labrum was diagnosed.
    Appt with Hip Dr ( Dr hamner) in 1 month, starting PT next week( insurance allows w/o referral)

    Main concern its torn again/ i will be going thru this cycle for next few years then hip replacement. I'd rather just get a new hip and wonder if anyone went thru a similar scenario? rehab etc time down. I'd really not liek to lose 6 months of dirtbiking if surgery slates for Mar/april for a torn labrum

    43 yo decent weight/ fitness could lose 10 lbs but nothing egregious.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    I play in a ahem very senior hockey league. There are a couple guys with knee or hip replacements every shift. In most age group tournaments you get a five year waiver for a joint replacement, so there is even a team called "The Replacements."

    Hip replacement some surgeons go in from the front and some from the back. There are pros and cons to each and most surgeons seem to practice one: not sure which is better.

    The most important factor is to have the right surgeon and facility. New England Baptist, Brigham & Woman's, and Mass General are the leading orthopedic hospitals in the region. Before you go anywhere else, consider this: about one third of the surgeries at NE Baptist (which is Orthopedics only) are repairs of surgeries done at other hospitals. If someone is affiliated with Baptist, they are tops in the field. Can't tell you how many horror stories I heard about many regional hospitals. The top guys do hundreds of surgeries a year.

    For a referral for knee replacement, my wife started scouting around and found a woman with dual knees who had recovered really well. Don't know if it was the referral or how they roll but we called on a Thursday, had an appointment the following Tuesday, and the surgery three weeks later. First thing to do is go to the hospital and give blood, so they can give it back if you need any: you want to do that weeks in advance.

    If you don't have a referral, pm me as I have a friend in geezer hockey who had a hip replacement fairly recently, and my guy also does hips. While hips seem more complex, recovery is freakishly fast. You'll be on the younger side, but you meet people from 30-70 at the briefing. At Baptist at the pre surgical briefing, there were people there from Maine to a Florida.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    Torn labrum repaired at age 34. It was pretty terrible.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    The new(er) procedures for hip replacement/repair are much better than just years ago. Recovery is much faster, final range of use much better, pain level lower. As G-man said, there are different procedures in place, be sure to investigate.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    I went through surgery in July for a torn rotator cuff (fell in turn 8 at NHIS in May). The recovery takes time as I am still going to PT but was able to start playing hockey again in December. The first couple of weeks after surgery were terrible but it gets better. As I was told by many people don't skip on the PT and I agree and have been going three times a week. Giving up a few months for how you will feel for many years is worth while.

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    Plus one for NE Baptist. They have it down in a big way. My wife is 54 years old, very fit (in better shape than most half her age) and had hip surgery three weeks ago tonight. First two days she could do almost nothing. Then started walking on crutches. Off of pain meds and crutches in a week. Starting back at the gym two weeks after surgery doing light upper body weights and recumbent bike. Starting driving a few days ago. She's about 75% and the doctor expects the progress to continue at this pace. During pre-op she was the youngest person there by about 20 years.

    The younger and healthier you are the easier it is. Doesn't sound like you would have to be out of commission long based on your age and health. Boston surgeon was amazing. PM me if you'd like his name. Good luck.

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    PT for sure. BUT, have you sincerely tried PT before surgery? I was advised to get shoulder surgery, and opted against. I happened to get in a moto accident that required PT for my back. I mentioned my shoulder, so she threw in some PT for that. A year or two later my shoulder is better than ever. It doesn't happen fast, it's not glamorous but starting over and building functional strength with correct movement can heal most soft tissue injuries for good. What I learned has made me a better athlete in so many ways. Worth looking into before going under the knife.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    I agree mostly with Paul however, once cartilidge is torn it will not heal. It will always be torn and no strengthening in the world will fix it. You'll get the muscles supporting the joint stronger but there will always some catching/clicking going on with the potential of making a small tear bigger. Some people can get by with torn cartilage but symptoms will reappear every so often. Surgery will either remove the tear or suture it back up with hopes of it healing. Long story short.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    i'll send a few pms once I get my buddys feedback He works at brigham on some feedback)
    I'm starting PT ( did before the last surgery did not help, got stronger but the clicking still ocurred.)

    I'm all for PT. I'm just concerned of living with a clicking/ catching issue and being stuck where it is no good ( like hiking solo up the whites, while dirtbiking solo or even with a partner, anywhere where extraction would be limited.)

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tas View Post
    I agree mostly with Paul however, once cartilidge is torn it will not heal. It will always be torn and no strengthening in the world will fix it. You'll get the muscles supporting the joint stronger but there will always some catching/clicking going on with the potential of making a small tear bigger. Some people can get by with torn cartilage but symptoms will reappear every so often. Surgery will either remove the tear or suture it back up with hopes of it healing. Long story short.
    You just described my shoulders and knees!

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    I found another way to get recommendations is to ask the physical therapists!

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    so update.:

    Cortisone shots are like a liquid hot needle piercing my hip.....owwww

    Met my Dr. C ray showed early arthritis and bone cysts startign to form along with some excess bone growth impinging my head of the femur?

    He said PT is nto really worth it. Try a cortisone see if it helps and then decide if anti inflamatories are what I want to manage this till I want a hi replacement, but if not a hip replacement woudl be my next logical choice.
    Hit up the cortisone yesterday..and ow. I'l watch it for 2-3 weeks but am severely leaning to a hip replacement and will be contacting some of you for referrals.

    For those of you who went thru it how soon did you get to start dirtbiking or "hi torque" activities on the hip like mtn biking for hiking( white mtn rock scrambling not flat path.?? For my hip labrum surgery it was 6 months

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    My 71 year old step dad had both hips done. First was a success. 2nd one caused him to be permanently crippled and wheelchair bound the rest of his life.

    Ive torn 1 rotator cuff, refused surgery. Glad I did.

    Other shoulder I smashed while racing. Grade 2 (i think) AC joint tear. Opted out of surgery. Glad I did.

    I wish you the best, pain is no fun to live with. Research the fuck out of this issue before you do anything.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    Quote Originally Posted by jwm2k3 View Post
    My 71 year old step dad had both hips done. First was a success. 2nd one caused him to be permanently crippled and wheelchair bound the rest of his life.

    Ive torn 1 rotator cuff, refused surgery. Glad I did.

    Other shoulder I smashed while racing. Grade 2 (i think) AC joint tear. Opted out of surgery. Glad I did.

    I wish you the best, pain is no fun to live with. Research the fuck out of this issue before you do anything.
    How are your shoulders now without the surgeries?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AEG View Post
    How are your shoulders now without the surgeries?
    They are strong and pain free. PT worked for me. The one I smashed at the track was problematic tho. I had a few sessions of 'dry needling' or 'needling'...hurt like hell, helped a lot. Actually had a few cortisone shots in that shoulder, they provided temporary pain relief, but did not fix the issue.

    In my case, surgery would have been the cheap way out....with horrendous recovery.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    excel ortho out of woburn is the best in the area, Dr. FEHM pronounced FAME is the hip specialist. He is the person to go to, showed me a video of one of his patients doing moguls 6 weeks after surgery, myself have driven and crashed many times with two new hips and got up laughing about it. Had last one done less than 2 years ago, walked out of hospital in less than 24 hours, no stitches, back at PT in 7 days, walking normal in 2 weeks. Key to recovery is 10 weeks of PT 3 days a week BEFORE SURGERY rode in 5 weeks, he is very forward thinking and says limits are what you set. If you need more info PM me and i will give you my phone. Do your research first check out the doctor and meet him a couple of times before you choose!

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    If you're physically active, things will eventually wear out. After running for 44 years, my right hip was toast. I had a torn labrum for years that barely bothered me, but it gradually got worse, followed by arthritis. After a couple of cortisone shots, (they helped) I could barely walk late January of 2016 and was in constant pain. When scoping the joint in February accomplished nothing, my doctor agreed to replace it almost immediately. (early March) He used the anterior method (through the front) which is considered superior to the posterior approach. There's no cutting of muscles and much less invasive. I was home 2 days later and walking with no aid whatsoever after a couple days. PT at home was awesome and easy. By the third PT visit, I was walking through my neighborhood and doing a mile a day within a week. The incision scar is still disappearing and not all that visible. My hip feels great and I can walk VERY briskly with no limp. I could run again, but I'm not sure I want to wear this one out prematurely. I'm still thinking about it, but in the meantime, I work out on an elliptical briskly 3-4 days a week. At 56, I consider myself lucky and would do it again in a heartbeat. It was awesome being out for a month too. I was driving within a week and got a taste of what retirement will be like. My doctor was Christopher Vinton at St. Vincent's in Worcester.

    Regarding rotator cuff surgery - I've had both shoulders done (caused by athletic-related accidents) and have full range of motion. The PT is much more intense than that for a hip replacement and it will take 8-12 months for it to be fully recovered. The first few PT visits are pretty painful, but it wasn't so bad having a 26 year old hottie putting my shoulder through the motions. I kept telling her that it hurt so good.

    BTW - there were basically no restrictions following the hip surgery, except to use common sense. He gave me the green light to ride motorcycles again after 6 weeks. That timed perfectly with the early part of riding season, so I was happy.

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    Re: torn labrum or Hip replacement.. anyone go thur this?

    I had bi-lateral hip replacements done. I waited too long, 3 weeks after 1st one I was back on my bike. 4 Weeks after second same result. The second one was longer because of issues with my busted neck

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