It’s that time again – time for
New Years Champaign and celebrations another hip surgery! Heck, I would barely know it was the holidays were it not for my annual surgery (in case you’re counting, this is year 3).
The good news is that this one’s supposed to be WAY easier than the last two. As of 12:30pm tomorrow, New Years Eve, I am having all of the screws in my hips removed. The procedure, expected to take less than an hour, will be bilateral (on both hips) and will involve my fantastic surgeon removing 5 screws from my right hip and 3 from my left greater trochanter. Two big incisions to be sure (they will be reopening the incisions that were previously made and healed), but hopefully not TOO much pain. If all goes perfectly, I could be home in time to see the ball drop. Otherwise, I’ll see it from my bed at HSS. I honestly hate New Years Eve so spending the day in the hospital didn’t sound like such a bad option.
The screws have been rubbing the soft tissue and causing a lot of pain and inflammation, especially on my left side where the pain shoots into my knee and all the way down to my ankle. On the right side, I can feel the heads of the screws through my skin — CREEPY! On a positive note, the screws are no longer needed. Since they were initially installed (in December 2012 and May 2013), new bone has grown in the spaces that the screws were holding in place and now they are superfluous. The idea is that once the screws are all removed and I get back to physical therapy, there should be no impediment to my getting better — like all the way, walk without pain or a limp, do things like a normal person, better.