SarahH – 8 weeks: back in the saddle after a minor scare

Hi there

When I last reported at nearly 2 weeks, I was very optimistic: walking was getting progressively better & I was back to using stairs to get to our 4th floor apartment. At 10 days I could walk, with help from a trekking pole, the 3km to my PT appointment.

Then my physiotherapist started getting ambitious with rehab exercises. The following two weeks felt like two steps forward, three steps back.

A few times I protested that the exercises seemed far beyond the scope of the surgeon’s recommendations for the first month. The PT, having rehabbed several pro dancers with THRs, poo-pooed that – you’re strong, you’re not a granny! That being said, he did make the exercises easier.

Still, at 4 weeks, I was back to using both crutches much of the time as my hip felt so damn tender when I put weight on it. When I described the exercises, my normally-affable surgeon was livid with the physio and feared displacement.

Happily it turned out to be just muscle overuse, and the surgeon was very pleased with my x-rays & progress when he saw me at 30 days. He gave me a prescription for NSAIDs and told me to lay off PT for a few weeks. That was a weight off my shoulders (not to mention, my hips).

Two weeks later, at 6 weeks, I had ditched the crutches & NSAIDs and felt like I was back to making progress. The best part, was now that I could walk without support, I was OK to bike, s l o w l y, outside!!!!

(While my surgeon fully supports running post-THR, he wants me to wait until the 3-month mark).

This is a BIG deal. We live in 700 sq ft apartment in the middle of Paris and don’t own a car. Even before Covid, I preferred getting around by city bike rather than public transport, and now that we’re fully into the 3rd wave here, the metro is even less appealing. And it was the pain from cycling that made me opt for a THR at … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

The first week: steady improvement each day

Hi all you inspiring hip runners

Here’s a slightly belated post on the first week following surg.

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I am on day 6 following a THR of my left hip, and am feeling pretty good! It’s much better than I imagined 5 1/2 days ago. I just completed my longest walk so far (not quite 2km) with one crutch, and just tested walking up & down stairs and it feels almost like normal, easier than walking.

Indoors I am walking mostly without crutches, but when I feel tired I started using one.

I don’t really have pain now, but my hip has a ‘funny bone’ feel to it, and the operated leg feels longer when I walk. When I stand, though, it feels normal, so I’m hoping this is due to swelling.

Here’s how the previous 5 days went.

Day 1:

In France you must meet with the anesthesiologist a few weeks before the surgery, and to my surprise I was given the choice of general anesthesia vs radicular anesthesia + ‘sleepy gas’ – I chose the latter, to avoid the nausea.

It worked like a charm, and my head, at least, was fully alert by the time I got to the wake-up room in the early afternoon. It took my legs and especially the bladder longer to wake up!

There they hooked me up to liquid iron since my hemoglobin was low, and about an hour after surgery I was back in my room, dying for some food at last.

That evening the physio had me get up and use the crutches to walk, very gingerly, around my bed.

No dizziness, but I was surprised/alarmed at the pain. This was much worse than the permanent, dull ache that I had going into surgery! And my operated leg feels longer! Focused on tasks at hand (like getting in & out of bed) to put off panic.

I was instructed to do 10 reps of a few basic exercises every hour. I didn’t quite manage every hour, but was surprised that glute bridges were pretty painless, much better than walking.

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SarahH – how I got here

Hi hiprunners,

Greetings from Day 9 following an anterior THR (uncemented ceramic/ceramic). Thanks to all of you who have posted about your own experiences, they gave me a much better idea of what to expect during my stay in the clinic.

Before I start posting updates I thought I’d first provide some history.

My backstory

I’m 49. While I consider myself more of a cyclist, for most of the past decade running has been my unrequited love. I’ve had a lot of running injuries just training for measly sprint & olympic tri’s. It’s been rather embarrassing and extremely humbling, especially since I was a decent sprinter in my youth.

It wasn’t until my late 20s that I got over my fear of ‘distance’ (read: anything over 400m), but from then to my mid-30s I was able to run casually and do the occasional 10k and even a half marathon without much thought.

Then we moved to France, and for the first few years I all but stopped exercising. After hitting 40, I decided to lose the extra weight, then to get back in shape I joined an expat triathlon club. While I really enjoyed training regularly and taking part in tri’s, every season I’d get some sort of show-stopper injury and would end up DNS for most of my events.

The magic formula: strength + frequency

After 6 years of trying out the usual suggestions (cadence, core galore, a run coach, etc..) only to be hit with another season-ender, I suspected my problem might be that my back and hips are so darn mobile that I need extra muscle to stabilize them enough to withstand training, never mind competing!

So I changed two things starting Jan 2019.

  1. Learn how to lift ‘heavy ‘ in the gym (by end of year I got up to 65kg for deadlift & squats, slightly over my body weight)
  2. Run slower but more often to improve run economy (If curious, google ‘BarryP 3:2:1 running’)

Hallelujah! Instead of getting injured from running a measly 3x/week, I was able to run 4-6x/week and felt great. My run … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)