Quoting Been Through It:
"I'm going ot be honest.. the surgery is a tough one. Since it is rare most PTs dont know how to properly rehab patients that undergo repairs. But if you are debating on whether or not to do the surgery in general I would 100% say that you should go for it."
"rehab, it is ridiculously slow - I won't lie. You also need to expect a few setbacks here or there. In general though, the things that I have learned are to really stick to your strengthening program. If you slack AT ALL in your strengthening you will sincerely regret it. I am proof of that. "
These are two great pieces of advice. I think I am learning the hard way that while my PT is great in terms of mentally helping me, he's not doing much for me physically. He has a very hard time grasping just how serious the surgery is. I think PT's hear "arthroscopy" and think it's not a big deal. It's a very CLEAN surgery from the outside. They will make 3 small incisions on your hip about the length of 1''. They are SMALL. Obviously the better the surgeon, the cleaner the surgery. But in reality, it's very rough. They put your leg in traction, sutures are used to sew back on the labrum, and your bone is shaved (often on your hip AND your femur). Also, some people need tissue repair or debriment. This leaves a LOT of tenderness for weeks to months. You lose a lot of ROM.
Even though the surgery fairly harsh on the inside, I would say its' still a much quicker rehab for those who are in shape beforehand, young, and are patient. I was on a bike 24 hours after surgery. I wasn't biking hard but literally every day is noticeably better than the next. It's not always a full 6 weeks on crutches. You just need to listen to your body and be smart.
I'm doing ok since two weeks ago. I'm having some tenderness near my sacrum and my glute med is VERY tight which is causing me a lot of discomfort. But other than that I'm walking normally, I can bike for over an hour, and I sleep very comfortably for having surgery 4 weeks ago. My pain level is VERY tolerable. It's mostly my own fault my muscles are in a bit of a spasm at the moment because I accidentally tweaked my hip a little bit getting out of my car very quickly (hip abduction is painful for weeks afterwards).
August is a VERY VERY long time to wait just to see someone. That's very surprising. I don't think you should just go see ANYONE, but I do think you should find someone else who is willing to see you sooner. There ARE good surgeons who can see you quicker.
Obviously Dr. Kelly in NYC is my first choice. I've never heard a bad thing about him. There is a Dr. Carter in Syracuse, NY who is also VERY experienced. Over 1200 surgeries to date. I think maybe 1500 if I'm not mistaken. Not many Drs have that experience. He's working with a friend of mine right now who not only has impingement but a fracture in his lower spine from running on unstable hips.