You are reading this title thinking, “Oh no, what happened?” It’s not so bad. My official two year anniversary of my right PAO is fast approaching: December 16. I did, however, have my two year follow-up last month when I was in California helping my sister recover from arthroscopic surgery to repair her torn labrum. We have the same surgeon, so it was nice to be able to talk with him about her surgery and recovery. Anyway, I snuck in an appointment since I was in town. Here is my X-ray from my appointment. As you will see, I have most excellent bone healing and nice joint space (read: no arthritis):
Another reason why I scheduled to see Dr. Bellino was to see if my right screws needed to come out. I was having pain (aching in cold weather) and when I wore jeans. After a few minutes of him trying to feel them (I guess he countersinks them pretty good), we concluded I need new jeans and I need to move to a warmer climate (haha) because he couldn’t feel them coming out.
Some PAO surgeons take out the screws around 6-9 months post op, other surgeons only take them out if they cause problems. Its a matter of philosophy, there are pros and cons to each school of thought. My surgeon does the latter. I trust his suggestion in leaving them in for now. I am back spinning, running, hiking, and strength training like I did before this whole hip saga, when I was a lean, mean, triathlon racing machine. And you know what? That pain has not recurred with increased activity and in the recent cold weather, so who knows why I was having issues earlier this fall. While it would be fun to make some badass jewelry from my hardware, I am happy to stay screwed for now.