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.