Thursday, February 6, 2014

A "Cyst-ematic" Approach

Hello all,
Just a quick update:
I went for my ultrasound on my hip on Tuesday afternoon. They were checking for any kind of cysts/fluid build-up in the joint and around the front area of the hip. I relayed to the ultrasound tech that I really didn’t think it was anything like a cyst. She felt around the area I was talking about and agreed it’s probably not, but that they doctor is probably doing this as a first step. I asked if it was a “cyst-ematic” approach, she said yes and moved on with her life. She either didn’t get my pun, or did and decided it was so bad she didn’t want to acknowledge it. “No one could purposely make a pun that bad.”

Anyway, I’m hoping to get a call back from my surgeon today on whatever it was they found while investigating. All I know is that the ultrasound tech and I spent a good 5 minutes looking around at my bone cuts and screws. That was WILD.

I had a moment, while lying there being poked and prodded, where I felt I really was making something out of nothing. Yes, there are times where the bony growth is annoying and painful. Yes, it seems like it could be still growing. But, is it really so bad that I have to investigate it? I’m feeling like I should just leave well enough alone and be happy with what I’ve got. It’s not like it’s a huge deal. However, the biggest thing to me is that I don’t know what is up in there. If it’s nothing, then fine. Then I’ll know it’s nothing and I can forget about it. But, if it’s something that will continue to change, and possibly get worse? Well, I’d like to know that now, before it starts to worsen…especially if Matt and I want to start a family soon-ish. 

At any rate, that is that, and as soon as I hear I will post my next steps!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Growing Pains

This post will be short and sweet. I just wanted to post my latest x-rays to illustrate where my concerns are about excess bone growth. I talked about these in my "Tidbits" post.

Quick reminder of current conditions:
I'm 15 months out of RPAO. I've had RPAO and a right arthroscope to fix torn labrum, to microfracture and to resurface femoral head.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated! I've heard from a few different people and it seems most likely to be something like Heterotopic Ossification (which may, or may not be an issue). Also, regarding the non-union, my surgeon isn't concerned with it at this point. It isn't bothering me on a regular basis. I will be asking him about it again, just to be sure.

I've discussed the bone growth concerns with my surgeon and as a first step he is sending me for an ultrasound to see if there is any cyst formation in the area. I did have cyst growth prior to surgery.

That is all for now, thanks for all emails, comments and well wishes so far. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below! Any and all input is welcomed.

Thanks guys,