This site is intended to be a patient’s guide to recuperating after proximal hamstring surgery.  It is based on my own experience, and I have learned many things along the way.  I include tips for getting around, questions you should ask, answers that you should expect, items you’ll need to buy, methods for coping, and methodologies I’ve discovered for safely improving passive range of motion of unaffected limbs.

One-Page Purchase and Preparation Guide

  1. Introduction
  2. The Injury
  3. The Diagnosis
  4. Finding Out About Surgery
  5. The Day Before Surgery
  6. Surgery
  7. The Days After Surgery, and Pooping While Standing
  8. Recovering
  9. Showering
  10. Physical Therapy
  11. Sex After Surgery
  12. The Home Stretch
  13. Freedom!

8 thoughts on “Index

  1. Hey, whoever you are. This article was super helpful. About to have surgery to repair complete avulsion of hamstring from the “ischial tubular” bone

    • Best of luck! The hamstrings attach to the ischial tuberosity, which is the lateral part of your pelvis, not the “ischial tubular bone”.

    • This is my second surgery. Went through this 2.5 years ago. He reattached one tendon, but now the other 2 had to be reattached. I’m trying to find out how this happened, and just praying I heal well this time with the help of an allograft.

  2. Thank you SO MUCH for writing this! I’m about to undergo surgery for a complete avulsion of the left proximal hamstring with 5cm distal retraction. My doc said that I did a really good job and I injured all 3 hamstring muscles, my adductors, and my gluteus maximus. I’ve been researching the surgery and recovery and this is the only real information out there!

  3. Thank you. I am recovering from a 6 cm avulsion with repair. Am now the proud recipient of 3 suture anchors. Your post is so helpful. I ordered the seat cushion. Please continue. My anxiety is lessened by knowing others get through this!

  4. Thank you for this! I too injured myself so completely and I am still in shock. Surgery is scheduled for 10 days out. I live alone, but my son, daughter in law and 2 toddler granddaughters live next door. But I have always helped them – both have really big jobs and I did daycare. I am pretty scared. I have help for 4 days, but will be on my own pretty much after that. Not sure how it will go and trying to figure it out. Really, you can’t sit for weeks? I am in school, all thankfully online, but not sure how I will do it. When can I drive – and how? Going to the bathroom is what frightens me the most – like many it isn’t always super easy under the best of circumstances. Add pain meds and no sitting, and I seriously can’t imagine how??? Being able to sit is the second biggest concern. Pretty scared.

    • Hi, I am 62, Dayna, and had a complete proximal tear/avulsion. I was shocked to find two orthopedists both told me I would be just fine without surgery. I prepared for the surgery then got to the doc and she said you will heal well enough without it because of my age and that I am not an athlete. I was injured about two months ago. I can do most anything I could before right now but am still building up endurance and strength. I am not yet able to work (I am an anesthesiologist.). It is a lot of work with physical therapy, but that is also the case recovering from the surgery. I suggest reviewing all of your options with the surgeon. They like to do this surgery within 2 weeks of the injury and it is true that the longer it is put off the more challenging the recovery and results are. My surgeon told me she has had only one older female who later went on to request the surgery. Should I want it she has a colleague who specializes in the delayed repair.

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