As I mentioned in my last story post, I received my degree in dance, directed a dance program for 24 years, and dance professionally with High Performance Dance Theatre.
I was at dress rehearsal in February 2018, and while dancing slid to the floor, felt a pop, very sharp pain, and couldn’t get off the floor. I managed to get up, and struggled my way through the dance. For the next few days I put ice and heat on it, got through the show, and vowed to rest.
I improved enough to function, but started to have trouble pushing the clutch in the car, going up the stairs, and had trouble doing everyday tasks. Sadly, I knew that my labrum which is the cartilage that holds your hip and femur (leg) bone together was torn.
I went in to an orthopedic center, they agree, sent me to an MRI which confirmed, and then sent me to physical therapy. After faithfully doing my therapy, the pain didn’t go away. The doctor I was seeing was just going to “repair” it, and in the meantime I was referred by a friend of mine to a surgeon in Denver who specializes in this.
I scheduled an appointment with Dr. White at Western Orthopedics. His cutting edge surgery replaces the cartilage with donor tissue.
My surgery for my left hip was done January 2019. Dr. White told me the cartilage was shredded, and that the cause was genetics (bone hitting bone and pinching the cartildege during activity) as well as all the wear and tear of the years from dance. The recovery for this is as follows…
- The first 2 weeks you live in a continuous passive movement machine and an ice machine.
- No weight on the leg for 2 months.
- Months 2-4 you are allowed 2000 steps (1 mile) per day and after that you need to move with your crutches again.
- After month 4 you gradually grow your steps, and by month 6 you’re pretty much able to do all your normal functions again.
- For dancing it would be 1 full year before I could participate in that.
My recovery was fantastic, so much so that once I got to about 8 months I started realizing my right hip wasn’t right. I went back to Dr. White, I got another MRI, and found out that my right hip was also torn. Since my deductible had been met, we made the quick decision to have the right hip fixed the end of November 2019. One more year of recovery.
The recovery was worth it, and I’m almost to the end of my second hip surgery year. I’ve been enjoying walks everyday, and a lot of hikes this summer and into fall.
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