Another Hip Story

I was in London on Friday to have the arthroscopic procedure performed on my right hip this time.
Didn’t have to wait around too long though this time since there were only 3 operations scheduled for that day, but I still ended up number 3 on the list. After the left hip operation, he knew to keep me to the end since that was meant to be a quick 30min go in, check things out and close up procedure, turned out to be a 90min operation to repair and clean up the damage.

The right hip was always the more painfull of the two and that was backed up
by the amount of damage to the joint. If you click on the extended version
of this post there are some more images. Plenty of bits floating around inside
the joint and these had to be removed which should stop my hip ‘locking up’
when I am not expecting it.
The head of the femur again had to be scraped off and cleaned up again and
the last picture shows them performing the Microfracture procedure.

Multiple holes, or microfractures, are made in the exposed bone about 3 to 4mm apart. Bone marrow cells and blood from the holes combine to form a “super clot” that completely covers the damaged area. This marrow-rich clot is the basis for the new tissue formation. The microfracture technique produces a rough bone surface that the clot adheres to more easily. This clot eventually matures into firm repair tissue that becomes smooth and durable. Since this maturing process is gradual, it usually takes two to six months after the procedure for the patient to experience improvement in the pain and function of the joint. Improvement is likely to continue for about 2 to 3 years.

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Hip Op (And No, I don’t mean Breakdancing)

On the 24th July, I finally sorted out why my left hip was locking up and also
why I couldn’t walk more than a few hundred yards before the pain made walking
unbearable. Below are 3 pictures taken from within my hip joint.

The procedure was carried out in London by one of the only surgeons in the
country to carry out Hip Arthroscopy. It was carried out as a day surgery and
I was out of hospital about 2-3 hours after the procedure was completed (I
was at the hospital at 7am, only to wait until 3pm to go down to theatre, but
that’s a different story). Afterwards, I was able to walk out of the hospital
on crutches, go through the London Underground at rush hour, and catch a train
back to my home town and still be home for supper.

The image above shows a piece of cartilage that had been floating around inside
the joint. That is probably the reason for my hip locking up as it would get
caught up when moved in a certain way.

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