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Labral Reconstruction Surgery: Your Complete Guide to an Optimal Recovery

Each year in the United States, more than 450,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed, and your goal is to NOT be a part of this group. Instead, you’re opting to preserve your hip with labral reconstruction surgery.

The good news is that you're in excellent hands. Dr. Brian White is the resident hip specialist at Western Orthopaedics, and he performs an average of 430 hip arthroscopies each year — 11 per week — and nearly all of them are labral reconstructions.

Despite this vast experience, Dr. White also understands that for each patient, this surgery is a first-time experience. While we may know what we’re doing, you don’t, so we’ve pulled together a few tips for helping you recover quickly, safely, and soundly from your labral reconstruction surgery.

Going home

Thanks to Dr. White’s use of arthroscopy for your labral reconstruction, there are only small incisions and minimal tissue damage. While we use general anesthesia to perform your hip repair, once you’re awake and we ensure that everything went well, we send you home, in most cases

Of course, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you, and we recommend that you make some adjustments to your home in advance of your surgery. You will likely be using an assistive walking device to keep the weight off of your hip, so you need to prep accordingly.

For example, you should:

By preparing in advance, you can greatly ease the early recovery period after your surgery.

Follow our aftercare instructions

We want to assure you that we don’t simply send you home ill-prepared for your recovery. Before your surgery, we go over the dos and don’ts of recovery, and we send you home with complete aftercare instructions.

Please follow our recommendations to the letter, which include instructions for:

These instructions also cover things to be on the lookout for, so please read through them carefully and make sure that your caretaker does, too.

Get moving through physical therapy

One of the best advantages of an arthroscopic labral repair is that we want you moving as soon as possible. Dr. White sets you up with a specific physical therapy (PT), and we strongly suggest that you participate fully.

Western Orthopaedics features our own physical therapists and physical therapy center, keeping all of your surgical and postsurgical needs under one roof. This way, Dr. White and your PT team are in contact as we monitor your recovery closely.

With your full participation in the recovery process, there's every reason to believe that you’ll be walking around within weeks. 

If you have more questions about your labral reconstruction or your recovery, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our offices in Arvada or Denver, Colorado, to schedule a consultation with Dr. White.

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