UPDATE April 7, 2018
I’ve not been on the site for a while as I had my hip resurfacing in Birmingham (UK) in 2014 with Mr. Treacy and haven’t had a problem since. I’ve returned quickly to endurance cycling, yoga, walking and all activities. i have slight restrictions in yoga but hardly noticeable.
September 13, 2012
Just had my second day of physio after resurfacing in Birmingham with Mr Treacy 48 hours ago. I discussed swelling with physio and she echoed the comment from above that it can come and go and is usually an indication from the body that you’ve pushed things on a bit. I’d take it easy for a couple of days and put the clubs away for a while (I’ve locked my bike up to avoid the temptation when I get home!)
September 25, 2012
I’m now 2 weeks post op (Ronan Treacy, Birmingham) and I’ve been going through exactly the same problems as you with excruciating knee and lower thigh pain each time I get up from rest, especially during the night. I’m walking well (v.slow couple of miles) with the use of crutches ‘just in case’ as this eases all the pain and gets me out of the house! It’s just the ‘getting up from rest/bed’ problems that have getting me down. Reading the discussion here has given me a positive lift as I can see I’m not alone and need to push on with all the physio, trying to get my glutes working correctly and gently stretching all the other muscles into their new positions.
September 29, 2012
I’ve had a real roller coaster over the last three weeks. First week at home (6 days post op) I was walking well with the crutches and found a slow couple of miles to the cafe and back no problem. Strangely, by the beginning of this week (13 days post op) I was struggling to walk further than the shop, which is 1/4 mile, if that, and the nights have been difficult with horrible pain trying to move the knee after resting. I’ve concentrated on the physio exercise bending the knee and finally managed to get on my static bike and did a number of short 10 minute sessions with no resistance. Each time it has got easier and enabled me to start walking again. The last two days I’ve been back doing my 1 mile walk to the cafe and 1 mile back journey and feeling much better. Today I even did it with just one crutch and stopped off at the pub on the way back! I’m walking round at home with no crutches without a problem. I feel like I’ve really turned a corner but it is so up and down and the exercises are crucial. My inner thigh muscles and i t band are still incredibly painful after resting but it seems to be getting easier. I’m now 18 days post op and it is amazing how much muscle wastage I have so its hardly surprising that the muscles aren’t working properly and need lots of encouragement to fire in the right order. Its a long process and hard work is the only way forward.
October 8, 2012
Just when you feel that your hip is getting stronger it is the little things that knock you back, isn’t it. Mr Treacy told me that although i could probably drive my car after a couple of weeks or so it would be the pain of the scar site rubbing on the bucket car seat that would be the biggest problem and it looks like you’ve found the same issue with your work seat. I drove my car a mile or so up the road to the garage to leave it to be serviced whilst I’m off and in just that short journey my scar was screaming at me! As I’m on the road for a living I think it’s good enough reason for me to put off work for a few weeks yet!
October 16, 2012
I am 5 weeks post op today and still can’t get my socks on even though I’m walking miles and miles without a stick. My surgeon is very conservative about post op PT and ‘warned me off’ having any local physio and advised me to just follow the simple exercises given by the hospital physios. The only additional work I’ve done is on the static bike where I’m gradually lowering the saddle and handle bars to normal so that it is very gradually encouraging my leg lift to increase which gently improves my ROM. I have my 6 week follow up appointment on Friday and I am hoping that I’ll get the all clear to see my local physio to work on that final push to get my knee towards my chest (not sure I’ve ever been able to do that though!)
October 20, 2012
I’m nearly 6 weeks post op now and can walk for miles and miles, without any stick now. I get little pain apart from when I make certain movements, however I still can’t fasten the laces on my operated leg’s shoes and I have only just managed to get socks on, and that is with difficulty. I live on my own, most of the time, so have devised strategies to cope such as the most appropriate foot wear etc.
October 29, 2012
First day back to work today. That’s 7 weeks but as I drive a lot for work it was the driving long distances that was the problem and the discomfort from the car seat on the scar site. No pressure from the company to come back so took the time to concentrate on getting fitness and function back.
December 21, 2012
I’m nearly 4 months post op now and recovery has been good but the last week or so I’ve had a sore lower back, mainly over the right sacro illiac joint, which is unusual for me because if I ever get a sore back it is almost always over my left sacro illiac joint. Fortunately I bumped into my physio on Wednesday and she managed to fit me in for a quick sess (I haven’t been to see her since the op – Mr Treacy’s orders!)
My lovely physio did a 60 second assessment of my gait and mobility and said that my problem was simply caused by tissue adhesions under the scar on my left hip, which was pulling my left hip back and tilting the pelvis. After 15 minutes of manipulating the scar tissue and underlying fascia and some work on the hip flexors i felt like a new man.
January 27, 2013
I’m now nearly 5 months post op and barely think about the restrictions. I don’t do anything daft like running but I’ve done lots of miles on the bike and I’m just starting light yoga to aid the range of movement. I have little pain unless I tweak it a bit far. I expect that will come over the next 6 months as my range of movement will increase.
June 14, 2013
I’m 9 months post op and I’d endorse everything that has been said about the body having to readapt to a correct (new) posture after years of muscles and joints trying to compensate for hip pain. I took it easy post op for 3 to 4 months and just concentrated on walking (several slow miles a day within 2 weeks). I first got on a bike at 4 months but didn’t get into gym until 5 months. Since then I’ve been working hard but sensibly and have had bouts of back pain and shoulder pain. Back was caused by the fact that I was still squatting with a twist of the hips. I’m now suffering shoulder problems! The motto is that it just takes time to get your body back into the right shape and planes of movement. The help and advice of a good physio and a sensitive/sensible personal trainer is invaluable.