How time flies (well, time flies once cleared to bear weight on the operated leg and being able to drive again)! I am currently in the Bay Area for my 12 week post-op appointment for my right side and my 1 year follow-up on my left side. I met with Dr. Bellino yesterday, my amazing surgeon at Stanford. Below are pictures from 3 weeks post op (top) and 12.5 weeks post op (bottom):
Good news! He said my bone growth (see the cloudy/fuzzy spots around the cuts? That is bone growth) looks “really good” and he was impressed how well I am walking unassisted. I am cleared to ease back into all activities as long as I let pain be my guide (basically, if there is pain, don’t do it). I know I won’t be busting out a 30 mile bike ride or 3 mile run anytime soon, but I know I can start working up to that level. Also, things are going so well, he doesn’t want to see me in 3 months, but in 6 months!
So his good news has me stoked on life. It has been months, even years that I have been this happy. To be pain free, walking normally, knowing that I never have to have another PAO surgery again. Its cliche, but I really have learned not to take anything for granted. I love walking without pain, I love sitting on a toilet seat with ease, I love sleeping on my side, I love being able to put on my socks by myself, I love to drive, I love to bend over to pick up my cat, and I love being able to start working again.
I am forever grateful for the invention of PAO surgery and to Dr. Bellino for giving me my life back. I am also grateful for the team at Stanford Hospital and all my support crew who took care of me with these past two surgeries. The decision to undergo this brutal, bone sawing elective surgery to preserve my hips was the best decision I ever made.