I am a nature photographer / travel writer and a passionate mountaineer – it is easy to see how important in this case lower extremities would be. Well, I never really worried about it until I developed debilitating pain in the right hip. I stubbornly continued to walk in the wilderness until the hip problem made it not only exceptionally painful, but unsafe, as I could not keep my body stable and carry my weight. Finally, I went for a hip arthroscopy and reconstruction and the improvement was immediate – I am still in recovery, but I am already planning my next expedition to Himalayas, Tian Shan and Pamir mountains. Without a surgery I would be unemployable; I would be drowning in depression, and my dreams would be shattered… This surgery has been life-saving for me.

My treatment and recovery

The surgery was the easy part – I fell asleep; I woke up.
Then there were days in bed, then walking with a walker, physical therapy, small steps to recovery… But it was all worth it as in a long run I will be doing what I love to do – back to the blue and snowy mountains above the clouds and down in the canyons among giant rocks and boulders. This is where I want to be and the hip surgery was the magic that opened the road for me – the road I was afraid I would not be able to walk on.


As with everything else, health issues should be analyzed rationally and based upon all available data. If surgery is the best option, don't postpone it - a day in pain is a day of lost opportunities. I am glad I chose surgery which allowed me to pursue my passion in outdoors.

My Second First

After the successful surgery, I was able to return to my job as a nature photographer and guide, and further explore my passion for the outdoors.


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One comment

  1. Sheila

    Anybody have comments on medial glute surgery?

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