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6-month post hip labrum surgery update

Hip Labral Surgery: 6 Months After Surgery

Okay, I know I said I was done with the updates but I changed my mind. Before I ever got the hip surgery, the doctor told me 6-9 months for recovery with a full recovery period of more like a year. If you have been following, I got back into a whitewater kayak at the 3-month point and I have been progressing to get back to what I love – whitewater kayaking.

Am I 100%? No. Am I close? Yes.

I honestly thought I was really close until I decided to attempt a kickflip and my hip was not that happy with me. About a week later, I took out my Jackson Kayak MixMaster and I was a bit nervous to see how the hip would respond. To my surprise, the hip could handle getting verticle. My conclusion is my hip just isn’t quite ready for full-on playboating. Yet.

My strength seems to be near 100% in the hip but my ROM is still slacking. I am pretty good about working on mobility and it is certainly improving. My hip flexor still gets pretty tight and I can tell the movement inside the joint itself needs work. But I am getting there.

Road biking is 100%. I’ve gotten back on a mountain bike and this does impact how I feel for a few days after. Kayaking (minus playboating) is 95%. Lifting weights is probably around 75% and really the only limiting daily life stuff is when I need to throw my leg over something (like jumping into a truck or getting onto my bike).

If you have had your hip labrum repaired, please comment below on how it went for you.


I started kayaking in Wisconsin of all places, because this is where I am from. I then moved to San Diego and took on kayak surfing along with heading to the Kern River when water was available. I then made the move to Asheville, NC and have been hooked on this sport since my Wisconsin days. With whatever it is that you do, do it because you love it, not because society tells you should or for other outside factors. Don't simply exist, live!