Hip Surgery

lifestyle Mar 09, 2022

I have lots of new friends on Instagram who have inquired about my hip injury so I wanted to give my story a permanent spot. I am going to go into more detail and even share the vulnerable side of things ... who even am I? Here goes nothin' I guess!

I'll start the story be prefacing with that I have always had hip pain. Nothing crazy, but I remember as a young athlete I would be training off-ice with my lovely/wonderful/amazing trainer Mike Keating (BIG SHOUTOUT TO MIKE)! I would often complain of tight hips and would hear a popping when doing core exercises such as leg lifts. Literally, nothing to be alarmed of, so I kept on keeping on. 

Fast forward, at least a decade later - I'm now training my own athletes. The pain in my hips begins to increase over time. I chalk this up to being from many many hours of skating as I coach. It's the end of off-season (July 2021). I go to do a left over right crossover and I feel like my lower back is holding my leg on, I can hardly lift it. OUCH! I see a physician who informs me I most likely have a torn labrum. He prescribes me time off the ice and even time off of my feet to see if this help remedy the pain. No such luck, a month later an MRI result shows I do in fact have a torn labrum in my left hip. AND an x-ray result shows I have a severe case of developmental dysplasia (something that I was born with). 

Here is where life gets tricky ... I make a living from coaching power skating. Wildly enough it is my full time gig! (I'm so grateful for this). But, with that said, if I'm not on the ice, I'm not making money. If I have this hip injury then I shouldn't really be skating ... lots of decisions needed to be made. And honestly through this I learned A LOT about being self employed and out of work (this was not what I did, but good info for the future). I also learned a lot about myself when it came to resilience and determination. I'll get into all the business-ey chat at another time. 

The big decision was made. My surgeons asked me not to skate, my body was also asking me not to skate. This was not an option. I trialed and tested how much my body could handle, it really wasn't much. I decided to halt almost all Katy Jo Power Skating private and semi-private lessons; no camps, no clinics. The ice I allotted myself was given to working with my teams once a week. I skated at seven practices a week for Colorado Thunderbird teams and when I was able or needed I would skate with the girls at Team Colorado. I have to be honest, there were days when I could barely walk. I sometimes would make it to practice and sometimes I just couldn't do it. I must say I'm grateful for my body getting me through more practices than not and I'm even more grateful for the staff, coaches, players, and parents for understanding the battle I was having with chronic pain. 

I ended up scheduling surgery for January 20th, 2022. I had an outpatient surgery to have my left hip labrum repaired. All went wonderful and well, although my surgeon highly recommended I also fix the dysplasia. With the severity of my dysplasia my labrum would continue to be at risk for tearing. Soooo, six days later on January 26th, 2022 I went back under with my second surgeon to fix the dysplasia. You guys, this procedure was way more intense than I even knew. Essentially, in non medical terms, he broke my pelvis in three areas and reset my femur into the joint straight and secured it back together with 3 giant titanium screws. It's called a Ganz Osteotomy or PAO.

Post Ganz surgery was AWFUL! I'm not being dramatic. Literally, awful. I could not walk without assistance from crutches and a full size adult (thanks mom) with a gait belt on for at least a week. I could not lay flat, I could not control the pain. I'm so blessed to have friends that pep talked me through it and reminded me the pain was temporary as they too are hockey players who have had this procedure (thanks Karen)! After about a week and half, I was able to stand up and sit down without assistance and at least fulfill basic needs without needing to be carried around with a belt. OMG! Humbling experience let me tell ya! 

Anyway, I'm now six weeks post op. I'm out of the brace and off of the crutches. SUPER EXCITING! I'm getting around with a slight limp but working very hard in physical therapy to regain that skating strength. I'm very much looking forward to getting back to the ice! The most exciting part is I think I'm going to be able to finally for the first time in my life, skate pain free!

If you've read through this, thank you for taking the time! 


 

1. Dagne Dover London Carryall was the perfect bag to carry all of my hospital needs! In the large carryall duffle I was able to keep the comfy clothes I wanted to change into post surgery, along with my pillow and blanket. In the toiletry bag I kept my skincare. The bag also allowed me enough space to keep my computer and iPad which I used for entertainment during my hospital stay. Shop my bag here

2. In my toiletry bag I kept all my skincare - I love the Dime Beauty regimen. It has been totally game changing for my skin and I didn't want to stop using when I was in the hospital. Dime uses 100% all natural / clean ingredients! I'll show more of skincare later. But for now, here is the bundle I purchase!

3. I didn't keep this in my bag but prior to surgery I know I was going to have limited movement and restrictions, so I purchased this Kenzii at-home personal hair removal device. IT WORKS SO WELL! I did 12 weeks of hair removal treatment on my legs from the comfort of my home. It was less expensive than professional hair removal and has worked just as well. The upside, I don't have to make an appointment! You can snag your very own device here!

4. I'm sure y'all have heard of Barefoot Dreams ... if you have not, they have the coziest BEST QUALITY blankets. Being that I was in the hospital overnight, I wanted to make sure I was comfortable and we all know how uncomfy the blankets and bedding are in the hospital. Here is my exact pillow and blanket

5. I shopped for totally comfy pants that would feel soft over my incision but also trendy and cute to wear outside the hospital when I returned home. I found these velour leggings and joggers on Aerie. ON-SALE! I love them and wear them still! The leggings are here & the joggers are here! Don't forget the matching hoodie here!

6. Finally, here are the must have crutches that get a 5 out 5 star review from me who has non stop relied on them since January! Worth every penny! Check them out here! And if you're an athlete who uses ice packs often or is having surgery yourself, if you don't have an ice machine ... run don't walk! This is the one I used and will continue to use for any bumps and bruises.