General Hospital fans haven't been seeing as much of Kelly Monaco and her popular alter ego, Sam McCall, as they'd like, but there may be a very good reason the actress and her character have been somewhat absent: she just underwent hip surgery.
Monaco took to social media to share her current condition with fans, writing: "After over a decade of suffering from chronic, excruciating pain from a torn labrum in my hip, I have finally taken the first steps in bettering my health and myself. Looking forward to many positive changes coming soon!"
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After over a decade of suffering from chronic, excruciating pain from a torn labrum in my hip, I finally took the first steps in bettering my health and myself. Looking forward to MANY positive changes coming soon! Thank you @heathmonster for holding my hand and drying my tears pre and post surgery 😇... then stocking my home to keep me comfy while healing. 😘 Thank you @Valentinifrank @generalhospitalabc for the beautiful "get well" flowers. ... and thanks to that guy at work who always has my back, for being a cheer up florist and an awesome handyman!!! #staytuned #GH #smallbutmighty
The actress' post also includes special thank-you notes to a few important people who helped her through the tough days.
"Thank you, Heath Freeman, for holding my hand and drying my tears pre- and post-surgery... then stocking my home to keep me comfy while healing," she wrote, followed by: "Thank you [GH executive producer] Frank Valentini and General Hospital for the beautiful 'get well' flowers... and thanks to that guy at work who always has my back, for being a cheer up florist and an awesome handyman!"
According to the Mayo Clinic, a hip labral tear involves the ring of cartilage (labrum) that follows the outside rim of the socket of your hip joint. In addition to cushioning the hip joint, the labrum acts like a rubber seal or gasket to help hold the ball at the top of your thighbone securely within your hip socket. Tearing of the labrum can cause locking and clicking of the hip joint, pain in the hip, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the hip joint.
Patients who undergo surgery to repair a labrum tear can expect to walk using crutches for one to two weeks afterward and may need physical therapy for up to six weeks. However, some patients require three to six months before they experience no pain during physical activity. Here's hoping Monaco recovers as quickly as possible and Sam won't be absent from Port Charles for long... or at all!
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