Pre-Op Planning

I am due to have my operation in the next 1-2 months so I’m starting to prepare and plan for it. Even though I hate hospitals, I’m looking forward to having it done as I’ve been waiting for a long time. I’m feeling very hopeful this operation will significantly reduce my pain levels and allow me to return to normal activity (incl, sitting, standing, walking and hopefully even some sports).

My surgeon will do an arthroscopic procedure to shave away the bone and clean up any mess in my joint. I’ve got hip FAI and grade 4 cartilage loss (down to the bone) in a small focal area. I’ve been told the surgery will be easier to recover from than my last one for the torn ligamentum-teres. And I know for a fact it will be A LOT easier than recovery from a major CRPS flare up! I’m not sure what to expect, but I’m looking forward to finding out and being on the other side of surgery which will be very hopeful. Being in chronic pain waiting for surgery sucks, no matter how much physio or rehab I do, I am treading water trying to maintain basic function.

So at the moment I’m in a phase of planning and preparing. I’ll be on crutches for a while and off work for 2-3 weeks. I’m thinking I’ll stay at home for a few days and then when things have settled I’ll go to my friends place as she has a much comfier couch and a crutches friendly house. Last time I needed to rest up at home the couch stuffed up my SI joint!

At the moment my number one thing I’m doing to prepare for surgery is getting as fit and strong as possible. I’ve been increasing my walking (ouch) and focusing on the physio exercises which were starting to get a little half arsed!  To manage the risk of a CRPS flare during surgery; I’m also trying to ensure my nervous system is as calm as possible in the weeks leading up to the surgery.  This means managing my stress levels, not working too much and lots of meditation. I’m also working closely with the pain clinic around my fears of hospital which is helping a lot.