Does anybody think we can squat again heavy, after surgery?
This really depends on the nature of your FAI and the scope of the surgery.
how much retroversion/anteversion do you have? High degrees of retroversion will make it hard to squat correctly no matter how much healthier the joint is.
how much bone material will they remove? the more they open up the joint by removing spurs and overzealous acetabulums/femur necks, the more likely you’ll be to have room in your hip to squat.
how much initial damage are we talking? If you’re really screwed up, recovery will be longer and impacts will be greater. If there’s just minor damage, trauma to the joint from the surgery will be less, recovery will be faster, and your post-surgery limits will be higher.
It may just be a fact of life that we’ll be able to do it for a while and will have a replacement somewhere down the line. I see some people thinking they’ll lose ROM after the surgery… that doesn’t really make sense to me from a JOINT perspective. Yes you will lose ROM initially, but with sufficient soft tissue work and a spot-on rehabilitation program, you should actually gain. My left side (resuction done at 24) gained internal rotation ROM and had been squatting ~315 or so with no problems until I had the right side done. The right side (repair done at 32) has been stiffer and has pain at the bottom of a back squat still, but seems to be getting better, although my doctor told me to never back squat and focus on lunges for strength progression. Not being a strength competitor, I do feel a bit freer to focus on other routes for leg strength and development than some might. Lunges are hell on earth and you can make the legpress really bastardly if you try.
Beware the scar tissue in the rectus femorus and keep your adductors as flexible as possible, within the bounds of your rehab ROM limits. And be aware that the cartilage will need a while to recover, much longer than you feel it needs and you’ll be wanting to get back to doing things before you’re actually ready.
I’d actually think (now this is pure speculation) that you’d be more likely to keep squatting (maybe even heavy, depending on the quality of the replacement joints out there) with a full replacement, because then you’d have a normally anteverted hip and 0 impingement. The silver lining in this cloud is that hip replacements are becoming more advanced and less traumatic every day. Who knows, maybe one day, hip replacement patients will actually be banned from competing due to unfair advantages!