One week from surgery and need advice


I am so thankful to have found this site as it has helped relieve some of the stress over my upcoming left anterior THR surgery. I am a 43 year old male and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my left hip two years ago. Not 100% on what lead to this but I’m assuming a couple decades of running for fitness.

My doctor is using a ceramic on plastic hip and assured me that I would be able to return to my job as a police officer in 12 weeks. There’s no requirement that I do have to return that fast but for personal and financial reasons I would like to.

One of my concerns is that the department does not offer light duty and in order to return I would have to run on a treadmill for two minutes at 8.2 miles per hour. Does this seem reasonable at 12 weeks?

My second concern is that, as a result of working hard over the last 6 weeks to focus on my fitness level going into the surgery, my hip pain seems to have improved dramatically. It’s still there but not as debilitating as it had been.

Just wondering if I’m rushing into the surgery. Don’t get me wrong, my bad days are awful, but my main reason for not waiting is the lack of confidence and performance in my profession. I certainly don’t think it is in anyone’s best interests to wait until I’m completely unable to perform at work, but for the time being I can.

If anyone could provide some insight it would be a great help to me as I begin this journey. Thank you all!

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