Is recovery any different after a bilateral THR?

Hi everyone,

I had a bilateral THR on 7th Jan 2020, at the age of 57, so 8 1/2 months in now. Bone on bone impingement in both hips plus osteo arthritis, could still compete in veteran’s races up to 4oom last year, but **** painful by the end of the races!

Intent is to get back to competitive running (at least at some level), fully supported by my consultant. Ceramic on ceramic uncemented (which I’m assuming is the same as unglued), so was under strict instructions not to run for 3 – 4 months after the op to allow the bone to grow into the implants. I started a 2 month “couch to 5k” course (does that exist in the US?) at the beginning of May, and have gradually built up the running since. Now up to 15 – 20 mile / week, maximum distance of 6 mile. Still slow, although the sprinting capability is coming back faster than the endurance running (much to the disgust of the athletes I coach, when I can now outsprint them during track sessions!).

First race in a year on Saturday, 5k on the road up in the Olympic Park in East London. Hoping to go under 28 minutes, but we’ll have to see how it goes.

Anyone out there also had both hips done at the same time? If yes, how has your recovery gone? I still get muscle soreness after exercise, but reading the other posts on here, that is not uncommon for anything up to 12 – 18 months after THR.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)