My name is Hip Brother Tom. I am a runner. I had a hip replacement in January of 2012. A month prior to my surgery, I started this blog to share my experience with anyone who might be facing the same fate down the road. I wanted to show my weekly recovery progress and hopeful return to running. Hence the name…hiprunner.com. As time has passed, I have opened this site to others who wanted to share their experiences. There is even a Hip Runners forum now. We are the Hip Runner’s Club. But it isn’t just about hips. In February of 2018, I also had a partial knee replacement. This site serves as a community of individuals of hip and knee replacements who are seeking advice on running again. If you find yourself getting a hip replacement or a knee replacement, and would like to become a member of the Hip Runner’s Club, we would love to have you share your story on this blog. Click here to become a member.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hello, I just had my left hip replaced on 9/30/21 using the anterior approach. Don’t recall the materials used on the implants but will be adding on my 2 week post-op visit the 13th of October. I’ve been running for 43 years so having hope to run again was very important. Most doctors just told me “that won’t happen”. I had decided no matter what they did I’d run anyway and deal with the issues. But the surgeon I finally chose said I’d be back to running in 6-12 months. I’ve already been sidelined since April this year when the pain became just too great and the injections and PT weren’t working any longer. I’ve been astounded at how well this surgery went. Outpatient surgery, in the hospital less than 7 hours, no restrictions, pain is virtually gone and was never really that bad. The doc is going to hook me up with a PT that’s also a major runner in my area when appropriate to get me going again. Until then, do my walks, my post op PT, if it hurts then stop, take it slow and easy. I’m turning 63 in November so I can be patient.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hello fellow hiprunners,
I am Clay. I am 64 and up until a few months before my LTHR last March (2021), a competitive middle distance racer. I would like to hear from those of you in your 50’s-70’s who have returned to faster pace training and racing after surgery. This would be men going under 7:00 or even under 6:00 minute mile pace for races from 1 to 6 miles. Or a bit slower if your focus is more half marathons. And a bit slower for women. My training is going well, but I am reluctant to restore my pace to lower levels unless I hear of precedent cases where it has gone well for good duration. My surgeon and PT are brilliant, but cases like this are rare. Thank you for your consideration.
Clay A. Bullwinkel email@example.com… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hi, I’m Charlie, new to the group and anticipating a hip replacement next month.
I imagine this has been much discussed but is there a best material for the femoral head if you intend to run post surgery? My doctor uses oxinium which seems to be metal with a surface that is like ceramic. Any experience with this material? My brother-in-law is an orthopedic surgeon and feels that ceramic is preferred.
Second, I’ve recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Any idea whether that has implications relative to the hip replacement surgery. My doctor recommended to not put off the surgery since the Parkinsons will bring muscle weakness over time which will make recovery more difficult. Also he thought there might be increased risk of dislocation over time, probably also due to muscle weakness.
Any thoughts on these two questions would be much appreciated!
….Charlie… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Has anyone had a problem with hanging leg raises after new hip? I seem to be a little extra stiff the day after doing these…… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Sitting in a dark room recovering from yesterday’s right eye cataract. A 20 year old engine in a 65 year old body…stuff just wears out! I wanted to provide a summary of this past years race season one year after my THR.
Background: I twist broke my leg while cross country skiing in 2011. It was during a winter training season as I was building fitness to try and qualify for the 2011 Ironman Championships in Kona. Nine years later after multiple PT sessions, doctor visits and painful runs off the bike….it was finally diagnosed that my twist break most likely resulted in a labrum tear and I now needed a THR. So in June 2020 I had a right posterior THR with a titanium post, ceramic head.
I grew up as a competitive swimmer and switched to Marathon running in my early twenties switching again to triathlon in my mid 40s. I have run over 135000 miles, biked over 100,000 and swam over 10,000.
Following the surgery my goal was to return with “no setbacks”. Consistency is the key to recovery and training over any one big day, week or month. My surgeon didn’t allow me to leave the overnight following surgery with anything but a cane. He wanted me moving and said let pain be the guide. He also said with today’s technology, larger parts and ceramic head, that I couldn’t wear it out. He said I would wear out first….sad but true! My surgeon and surgical center is home to many professional and university sports team in Minnesota.
I progressed slowly walking around the neighborhood three times per week and gradually built up to 6 to 8 mile walks over the first 6 months. I also added in indoor biking and swimming once my skin healed and bone was set (after my six week check).
At the 6 month mark, January 1st 2021 I started slowly back to running with 5 minute jogs and 1 minute walks. As I felt strong enough and didn’t have pain, I would add another 5/1 minute interval. I also started a … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I’m 7 weeks post-op THR right anterior approach. I’ve been processing nicely walking 30-4o minutes 2-3x a day (approx. 3-4 miles). I’ve also been swimming 2-3 times a week (freestyle using a swim buoy) and extremely light spinning on the bike for 10-15 minutes at a time. I add the swim or bike every other day so as not to over do it. About 4 days ago I stopped taking the Aspirin and Celebrex (NSAID ant-inflammatory) prescribed by my surgeon (45 day prescription). Since then I have had some stiffness/soreness in the quad (right where the stitches were) as well as a twinge in the groin area. Anyone experience this after stopping any meds prescribed by their surgeon?
Obviously, the logical thinking here is that the meds were providing anti-inflammatory characteristics and once I stopped the pain/tighness ratcheted up a bit. Just wondering if anyone else had a similar experience? I was advised by the PT to back off the bike and limit walks to 20 minutes for a few days to see if it resolves.
Thanks for your input,
Brent… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hello fellow implantees (is that a word?)
Basic stuff first.
Male, 53, runner/orienteer, THR right hip, 2nd Aug ’21, anterior, Ceramic on Polyethelene, uncemented…
Always “sporty” but have a tired (and doubly operated) right knee, which probably exposed the hip over the many years of sporting abuse I dished out on my limbs….
I suffered for about 5 years, until this January (21) I physically could not take a running step without pain any longer
Degradation was slow, range of moment reduced, muscles weakened, pain set in. In the end a simple x-ray confirmed the finality of the situation…
Operation. Very experianced Surgeon (~100 replacements a year). Not a fan of running post replacement (I did not seek his opinion on this — I just stated the fact that I would run again). Spinal anaesthetic, so quick recovery, although due to complications had to spend 4 nights in hospital.
Recovery has been amazing. Way less pain than I had expected, daily noticable improvement.
Spent 4 weeks on 2 crutches, 2 more weeks on 1 crutch and now crutch free for a week.
Messed up with physio, so a little behind on recovery, but feeling better every day (and I have a great physio now)
Managed a 3.5 mile orienteering course last Saturday, so a lovely brisk walk in parkland, with a walking pole in case I tired.
I have no plans about when and if I will run again (I will) but my plan is simple.
I want to orienteer once or twice a week. That’s the only running I want to do. The rest of my exercising will be in the gym, strenghtening, classes, swimming and cycling (indoor and out). Hope that will get me strong enough to protect the implant as well as possible.
Its been great to read so many varied stories here, gives me great hope for the future!
Hello, I am a new member.
I am a mid 60s female living on the south coast of England, professional / office based background, retired. My running career is relatively recent – started in 2015 with C25K to manage my health, including what was then a rather stiff right hip. Progressed to the point where I became a bit of a parkrun addict, doing quite a lot of parkrun tourism, plus the odd 10k event and the 10 mile Great South Run in 2017 and 2019. Never going to be a great runner, never a fast runner, but it helped keep me healthy and was something I enjoyed. I am also a regular swimmer and gym goer (weights mainly, also aqua classes).
During the 2020 England lockdown, my running deteriorated and my hip stiffness increased. With most access to healthcare difficult, I put it down to not being able to swim and carried on. My sister in law said it looked like I needed a new hip but I wasn’t ready to go down that route. Sure enough, when I was able to get back in the pool and gym, things improved a bit but I couldn’t get my running distance past 7k. With the 2nd main lockdown in early 2021, I started to deteriorate again. At Easter, I thought I had pulled my hamstring, and when it didn’t seem to get better, went to see a physio. Physio took one look, said it was my hip and that it would likely need to be replaced. A few days later I saw the consultant he recommended privately, and went on his self-pay list (NHS waiting list currently about 2 years) for a total right hip replacement. Haven’t run since Easter but I have been able to continue swimming and upper body gym work, although my walking had deteriorated to less than a kilometre at a stretch by the time of surgery. Clearly I caught this just in time
I had my operation on 7th September. Operation was through a single vertical incision on my right side / thigh, shaped a … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Pinellas Trail Challenge, 46 mile race on one of the hottest days of the year. Warning, long race report.
This was my second ever ultra back in 2015 and one I’ve wanted to win ever since. It’s my favorite race, right behind the 6 hour Durty Beer Run, due to the generosity of all the volunteers, the course, and most of all the challenge, this is such a grueling race. Every year since 2015 apart from 2017 when I was injured, I’ve toed the line with a belief, probably more desire, that I could win this race, but usually cramping comes into play and my pace falls off. This year was no different but I think I had more confidence, I told more people that I was going to win this year, this was going to be my year. However there was a little doubt in the back of my mind, before my 60K Bryce Canyon race at the end of May my hip, which I had replaced almost 11 years ago, has been bothering me and at the end of the race it was screaming with me from the climbing, descent and soft sand. It was okay for the Lake Baldwin race in July which I finished second after cramping at mile 20, but once again screamed at me after the 6 Hour Durty Beer Run in August just 3 weeks earlier. In fact doing an easy training run the Thursday after I pulled up after 3 miles as my hip was getting worse and the pain travelling down my leg and I had to walk 1.5 miles back to my car. I didn’t run again for 8 days and instead took to the pool and swam 1.5 miles each day, which is something I don’t do. I had a couple of runs the week leading up to the race but the last run on Wednesday also had my hip reminding me of the challenge ahead. But with all of that I somehow felt confident and told the Clever Training Run group I was going to win, I told … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Inspired by shirtless Dave, I thought I ought to do one too. Maybe we can make a challenge, post your shirtless photos. I was not running here, of course, I was doing an Alfred Hitchcock-style shot, however, should I find a shirtless running photo of me, I will post it.
Seriously though, I am coming up on five years on Dec. 1. I have run up to 100kms per week, but mostly 50-60kms per week. Seventy this last week. 5K 22:32. Best before hip was 17:58 at age 42. I ain’t gettin’ near that again. Had a decade down of almost no running (plus two Haglund’s Deformity surgeries). I tried to get within 10 minutes of my master’s 10K best at age 41, which was 36:56, nope, 48:23 if I remember correctly. But I think I can knock a minute off that soon (see how below).
But here is a training thing. What used to be 100-miles in one week (162kms) or say 7.5-9 hours of running per week is still 7.5-9 hours of running, but now only 62 miles (1ookm). The great Arthur Lydiard changed from coaching in miles to coaching by time (because an elderly lady stood up at a seminar and said, “I am doing 100-miles per week, but it takes me 18 hours.”)
So, if you are living with a hip replacement, you are likely over 50 or over 60 etc, perhaps training by time is a good idea…..the cardiovascular system was stressed for “x” hours, not for “x” miles.
Anyway, I reviewed a pair of super shoes. I won’t post the link here so as to not to self-promote Athletics Illustrated every time that I post, but if you want to check it out…..you know….Google is a verb so search Ahoy, mate!
I reviewed the On, Cloudboom Echo. They have the carbon plate and super rubber and an interesting feel. I ran in them at this one paeticular effort I have that I KNOW for sure is 5:40 pace on the same route on my lunch….but not in these shoes, 5:20!……I had to stop … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
January 2022 will be my 10 year anniversary for my new hip. It still feels new. 🙂 Today was the day I designated for the Joya Virtual 5k. Joya is a non-profit that my wife serves as the executive director for. Joya serves medically fragile and developmentally delayed children from ages birth to 3. I always marvel at the great work that these people do. It truly is a gift. They are currently building a new facility for their services because they have outgrown their current location (an old school), and the school district wants it back. The picture above shows me standing in front of the new site and shows a rendering of what the new place will look like. I set up a 5k course that starts on the Centennial trail adjacent to the new construction site and takes runners on a 5k loop that goes along the river and through Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. My wife and many others used the course to run their vitual 5k’s last week. Out there this morning, it was just me. I was as ready as I could be. In my previous post I had described a little injury that I have been dealing with for the past several months. My hammy on my hip replacement side was inflamed right at the sit bone. I had no strength on that side and it made running difficult. Thankfully with some PT and strength training, that issue is going away.
I completed my 5K (actually it was a little more that 5k – 3.18 miles) in 23:25. In past years I would have been very disappointed in that time, but not today. That time means I am coming back….finally. It’s been 10 years since I got my hip replacement at 46 years of age. Seemed young at the time, but I knew it was time. 10 years later, I am still running 5k’s, doing 10 mile training runs with my buddies and playing some occasional hoops (which I did after my run today). That seems like a lot of boasting, but that … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
8 months to the day of my left THR, I ran-hiked 21+ trail miles at 95 and partly sunny conditions at the Moon over Croom event near Brooksville, FL.
It was a major ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR ME!
3 hrs 56 min
Those who’ve read my story on this forum know of my ups and downs. Hopefully I’m getting it figured out…. Major lesson: I’ve not been able to run fast (for me) since THR… need to be Slow and steady… and maybe just to see how long I can build to…???
Best news today: No THR hip pain AND total body fatigue! THE GOOD KIND ! 😉… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Yesterday I won the Durty B-ee-rr-un 6 Hour Race for the 5th time, tying my course record from last year of 39.6 miles with 20 minutes left on the clock. This was the last year the race directors Sean & Tracey Connolly were holding this race but hopefully someone will pick it up. This was my first ultra back in 2015 after reading Chris McDougal’s Born to Run and Scott Jurek’s Eat and Run captivated me to push to see what my body and mind would be capable of. After my first marathon in 2013 my hip, which I had replaced just over 2 year earlier, was screaming at me and I was unable to run more than a mile for a year so I had no interest in ever running that distance again, let alone further. I learned of this free “Fat Ass” race and decided this was a perfect opportunity to see if I could run that long without damaging my hip again and being injured. Fortunately I did very well and finished second and although my hip was sore it recovered quickly enough for me to run the Pinellas Trail Challenge 46 mile race 3 weeks later with the same outcome. The race directors, Sean, Michael and Susan Anger for this Grand Slam series have opened the door for me and many others to dip their toes into the world of ultras without any cost, and over the years I’ve introduced these races to many others to come down to try. Their commitment to putting on these exceptional races have helped and inspired runners to achieve levels they never would have attempted if it wasn’t for them.
For me the Durty Beer Run is the best format of the 3 for new runners. It’s a timed race, so you can run whatever distance you want. The course is a loop, anywhere from 3 to 3.6 miles, easily allowing the runner to self crew with a cooler at the start/finish line, it runs along the water edge for much of the race, and now runs around the … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
As the title says, I’m 5 years past surgery on a left side THR (ceramic / Poly). The joint is doing fine and I’m loving life again! But I do have one recurring running issue and its all about my IT Bands, mostly on the surgery side but occasionally on the opposite side as well. I’m partly thinking that maybe I should start a light weight lifting routine or something to possibly strengthen my legs and permanently fight off a seemingly never ending issue. Wondering how others have faired with any level of weight lifting and have suggestions on painful IT bands, thank you.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Tomorrow is the big day – having my right hip replaced. It’s been 6 years since the doc dropped the OA bomb on me after a bout of undiagnosed groin pain. Who knew that your bones don’t last forever . . . right? So here I am at the age of 50 ready to have my femur lopped off and replaced with a ceramic ball and cross linked poly cup (CoP for those in the know). Do I have apprehensions . . .am I nervous . . . hell yeah. Who wouldn’t? Do I want to continue limping through my runs, wincing in pain every time I get up from a chair or holding on to a railing so my hip doesn’t give way while I ascend the stairs? ummmmm . . .Nope! It’s time to move on and accept the next chapter.
As an ultra runner I equate so many things in life to reaching the next aid station. Sometimes its close (5 miles) and sometimes its a lot further (10-15 miles). Either way if you put your head down, find that rhythm, and keep moving you’ll get there. I guess that’s how I plan to approach this surgery and my respective recovery. There will be a lot of aid stations. I may get to some sooner than others – but – I’ll get there. Do I plan on running my road marathon pace – nope! This is a slow and steady effort. Lots of good old uneven dirt ahead. Do I plan on running in the next 6-9 months – nope! I plan to let the hardware fuse with my bone. Aseptic loosening and acetabular failure doesn’t sound like the best approach. So, one slow step at a time. I’ll stick to the pool, bike and elliptical in the meantime.
If anyone has any thoughts on their first 2 weeks of recovery on what worked or didn’t in terms of stretching, walking, strengthening, I’m all ears. This is such a great collective group I’m guessing a few of you have some thoughts on the matter. I’ll … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Thank you for being part of this community. I love that this site runs by itself without me having to check in and post regularly. Especially these last 2 years…..
In July of 2019, I got a new job….a startup…..it has been taking up all my time. Sadly, I have only been able to keep up on accepting new members, liking your posts, and liking your Strava runs. Posting regularly has been a challenge. I’m still here though. The job is fantastic! I am the director of IT for a contract manufacturer of injectable pharmaceuticals. I have been spending a lot of my time learning the ins and outs of validating computer systems in federally regulated environments. It really has taken up a LOT of my time. So I apologize in advance for not posting as much.
Right now I am dealing with some hammy issues. My left hammy is having some issues right where it connects to the sit bone on my pelvis. It makes running a little uncomfortable. Basically, its a pain in my butt. So if you’ve been tracking me, you’ll notice my weekly Strava miles have pretty much tanked over the last 3 months. One thing I have noticed is that I have lost some leg and hip strength during these Covid times and I believe these are major contributors to the issue that I have been having. But I am in PT and getting regular massages now, so I hope it won’t be long before I am back at it and posting great post-hip reports again. I am thankful to all of you for keeping up the posts and encouraging each other. We are a community of hip runners and your involvement has been appreciated.
I have a huge favor to ask all of you. While HipRunner does not have a true mission statement, it is focused on letting individuals know that running does not need to end after your hip replacement. This community is here for you to support you and encourage you along your journey back to running. We all … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Well hipsters – would love to hear some July 4 running plans / results!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Well 24 weeks post left THR I was able to do 15 miles on the Appalachian Trail; Tenastee Gap to Unicoi Gap in Georgia with no hip pain! More hiking than running especially considering the approx. 3,500 ft. of climbing and numerous rock slides in this trail section; QUALIFIER here – this 4+ hr. effort was MUCH LONGER than any recent run but I was deliberate and controlled and hiked a lot. Interestingly my left (operated side) quad was very sore the day after, otherwise low back, feet and calves just felt fatigued.
I followed that up with a ParkRun trail 5k yesterday in 22 min. – I was pleased! The soreness today from that however is significant in my right calf… so while I am running, rucking, biking and swimming well – I’m not yet “aligned” given these varying sorenesses and how I just feel a bit “off”. I’ll take it over the pain any day but the alignment is frustrating! I’ve addressed it with my very competent PT but they’ve not been able to really correct it. Thoughts or experiences?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
….I’ll take it or “gangster of love”.
But I covered a bit of space in my first long run (in 12 years) — hence “space cowboy”.
Context: In the tongue-in-cheek lore and culture of distance running, 20 miles or 32K is a long run or longer of course. Anything shorter is not a long run.
I have run a few 30-34K runs, but they don’t count, as they were during a thing we call TNLW and we have beer stops at each other’s house, where there is stretching, and maybe a bit of snackery and farts.
This one had 600m of elevation gain or 2000ft of elevation gain and just as much descent. And no beer stops, stretching, but there was farting.
So, here is my Strava entry from Saturday for 32.44K of running. My buddy who ran with me has a recording of 36K. He ran a km longer, as I walked a km home. But his device is lying to him…..so it was in that tongue-in-cheek way a certifiable 20-miler….for sure….
Some people call me Maurice, cause I speak of the pompitous of ruuuuun.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)