7 weeks out

Hi fellow hiprunners,

I am 7 weeks out today from my rthr.  I have been recovering very quickly- I am 42 and very fit before surgery.

I can do all physical activities-except heavy lifting for legs, abs exercises that stress use of hip flexors too much.

I ran a half mile at week 5.  One mile week 6.  I am dying to run.

Can anyone provide their journey back to running?

I am nervous to do too much too soon.  But, I know my body will tell me.

My hip feels fine during the day.  At night I get some leg aches and have trouble sleeping.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip replacement update #2 – Early days at home

I spoke to a lot of people about their hip replacement recovery. The over-arching theme? Easy peasy, no big deal, etc. So, my expectations about post-op discomfort and immobility were skewed. I believe our bodies adapt to and forget pain quickly which may contribute to rosy descriptions of recovery. This is another reason I want to put my experience in writing before I, too, forget.

The one thing I didn’t receive from any medical personnel is what to expect through recovery – what type of pain is typical, how it might resolve, and how new pain might manifest as time goes on. I would have found this very helpful.

You go home to a lot of drugs – pain management, stomach/digestion/nausea meds, etc. That first morning home, I ate breakfast, took my meds, did a few slow laps around the house w my walker. Then, the world went black. I had a chance to warn my husband and my mom before I lost consciousness – he guided me to the floor taking very good care of my  leg/hip. Not so much for my head which bounced off the floor. Priorities! 😂

911 was called, I got a visit from several EMTs (🔥), my vitals checked out, and I was helped back to bed. I spoke to the surgeon’s office and my surgeon afterward and its not unusual for this to happen as anesthesia wears off. I know my blood pressure had been trending lower than normal for me.

The pain. As long as I didn’t move and no one touched me, I didn’t hurt. While there was more pain and immobility than I expected, it wasn’t intolerable.

I did all the pre-op education, watched the videos about how to help yourself into bed. I call 🐂💩. I’m young and strong, and I needed help getting in and out of bed for 3 days. And even after I was able to get in and out of bed on my own, it often triggered muscle spasms.

Nerve pain! I could not tolerate having the skin from my knee to my hip … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip replacement update #1 – Pre-surgery through hospital departure

I had hip replacement on Thursday, June 16. I’m hoping my series of posts might be helpful to others going through similar experiences. I’m a 51 yo, competitive triathlete and cyclist. I was training for an Iron Man when I learned a THR would likely be needed.

How I got here: No, running did not wear my hip out! I’ve only been running for a little over 10 years.

I was born with (undiagnosed) hip dysplasia. As I understand it, this means my hip biomechanics have never been great. That led to osteoarthritis and bone spurs which then wore down the cartilage in my hip which left my hip joint bone on bone and contributed to the stress fracture many of you know about. What’s truly remarkable was how well I was running up until September of 2021. At the Santa Barbara Triathlon in August, I ran 10 miles at a 7:31 pace which was a huge personal best for me.🏆🥇

Lead up to surgery: I went through all of the stages of grief, then bounced back and forth between them. I’m only 51, was as strong and fit as I’ve ever been, and I was convinced I was about to have my best Iron Man race ever. How could I possibly need hip replacement? I interviewed four surgeons and chose Robert Gorab in Irvine. My decision was based on reputation, how he and his staff interacted with me, the prosthesis used, and his preference for an anterior approach.

The month leading up to the surgery was distracting, I was anxious – this was my first major surgery and first major injury. I wasn’t nervous about the procedure itself – even though it is pretty brutal. I was (am) worried about the recovery process – how long it will take and the extent to which I’ll return to full, competitive function.

Day of surgery: I was first-up because I was going home later in the day. Surgery was performed at Hoag Orthopedic in Irvine. The staff were lovely, everything was very efficient, and I was calmer than I expected. I … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Smart Watch – help please

Hi hip runners,

I am after a smart watch (or something similar) that will accurately record distances run.

The one I purchased is inaccurate, so no good.

I live in Wales, so ideally I would like to purchase something from the UK.

I find a mobile phone a bit cumbersome and something on my wrist would suit.

Ideally something basic that is reasonably priced – I don’t want to be paying hundreds of pounds.

If anyone can provide a name/model (or link) of anything tried and trusted (or knows someone they can ask) I would be grateful.


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Types of hip replacements

I had my left hip replaced at the age of 30, I am now 34 and have been running fairly hard on it the last month or so with no pain!  My right hip can be replaced at anytime but I am still going to train for a half marathon on Sep 17 and then have it replaced after that.  After that I am really looking forward to running with no pain for the first time in my life, my first hip replacement was a direct anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty.  It took me a while to feel real comfortable on it but I took my time, is this the best option for a replacement?  How long can I expect it to last before it wears down? It feels good and strong right now but I’m not doing 10 mile runs yet.

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Rehab (and beyond) exercise-Pilates

Fellow Hipsters this forum has lots to do about the advice you won’t get other places… so here’s a bit I’ve heard nowhere else but from my own experience… once you’re past your 60 or 90-day doc clearance… find Pilates… yes that’s correct – even those out there that suffer from toxic masculinity 😉 – TRY PILATES.  It is all about core strength, movement, stability and flexibility, especially in the hips, core, and glutes.  First time I did it 4 months ago the light bulb came on as I declared this should be “mandatory” post THR activity 👍… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Ice – Ice – Maybe?

Just wondering how often anyone with a THR on this board finds themselves icing their hip after running or other exercise?

I’m 10 months post-op and recovery has been going well. I’ve been sticking to walking (with very short jogs thrown in intermittently), biking and swimming. Here’s the deal . . . last week I was doing some power hiking up and down our local ski hill (can you guess I live in MN). Anyway, the remainder of the week my hip has been sore. Groin pain, stiffness, yada, yada . . . I’ve been icing and have a follow up appointment with my doc next week just to ensure nothing else is going on. I realize this may be par for the course after doing hill repeats but just wondering how many of you THR veterans have ongoing bouts of icing when you overdo it? And – how long do you end up icing after the fact – several days?

Thanks in advance for your input and advice.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Squeaking hip / “edge loading”

My right THR was done in Nov 2020, ceramic on ceramic, with a superior capsular approach. Per the surgeon, there are no restrictions on my activity or movements. About 9 months post-surgery there would be a loud “squeak” when I would flex my hip (knee to chest). My sports medicine doc and pt strongly suggested an in-person evaluation by the surgeon. Per the surgeon and imaging, everything is fine; however, he said the noise is due to “edge loading”, a levering of the two parts of the prosthesis and that this edge loading should be avoided. I’ve been reading about the condition, it seems to be relatively rare. I freak out every time I hear that squeak because I don’t know the long-term implications. Has anyone else experienced this? Were you able to correct it? Importantly, what was the outcome?  Thank you for any insights.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

8 months post op – slow and steady

Hi all,

Just wanted to post an update for others interested in a recovery timeline. I’m 51 and had a right THR just over 8 1/2 months ago (8/2/21). My surgeon used ceramic ball with a CrossLinked Poly (CoP) cup. Prior to this I was an ultra runner so I knew recovery would take some patience.

Week 1
Recovery went as well as expected. First week I focused on allowing the swelling to come down – lots of icing and very short walks. Didn’t need a crutch or walker after the first week. Mostly used it for piece of mind that my hip wouldn’t suddenly give way going up and down the stairs.

Weeks 2-6
I concentrated on slowly building up my walking speed. Just focusing on my stride. Thankfully, my surgeon did an outstanding job as I didn’t have any leg discrepancies. I continued to ice after walks as some days it would be fairly sore. I think around week 3 or 4 the stitches came out which felt like such a relief.

Weeks 7-11
At about week 7 I was back in the pool, on the bike and elliptical. Around week 10 or 11 my hip started to feel somewhat normal. I wasn’t as pensive about putting weight on it. Started speeding up my walks – getting in about 3-5 miles a day. Glad I did it in the beginning of the fall as it was great walking weather. Winter in Minnesota is brutal otherwise.

Weeks 12 – present
For the past 5 months I’ve focused on building up my walking speed to roughly a 13:30 min/mile. That’s if I’m alternating some slow shuffles into the mix. I make sure to alternate with swimming and biking to allow the hip to rest. I also threw in a few days of cross country skiing as well and that felt pretty good.

So my big takeaway from all of this is to be patient. Honestly, I’m trying not to run until I’m at least 10 – 12 months from the surgery. From all my research the key take away is … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

17 mos. Post-op AND now FASTER

There is hope…

to not have pain in the affected hip

to be able to run again (for me 45 days post-op)

to race again (60-days post-op)

to run a marathon (11 months post-op)

to run an ultramarathon (13 months post-op)

to better my pre-op 5k (ran 20:07 16 months post-op)

to better my pre-op 10k (ran 42:46 17 months post-op)

Now I’m not expecting lifetime PR’s at age 50… but most docs say I should not be running 😉

LIVE IN HOPE HIPSTERS!!!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

My story THR recovery ( 12 month) advice

Hi all you fantastic people ( creeping over ) I’ll make this as brief and less boring as possible.

67 man manchester uk 11st 5 lb, regular runner over 50 years , not long distance essentially training  for soccer well into my 60’s .

2021 March posterior ThR left side no complications, gradual recovery mainly walking , no pain .

stepped up on exercise last 3 month ( I’m early stage Parkinson’s as we ll) to cure both aand hold back the sands of time .

After short burst running on treadmill 30 mins ( 10 / 30 sec intervals ) feel very achy , one may say painful Especially after sitting / relaxing.

Desperate looking for advice on stretching , progression and warnings.

Looking fwd to any comments advice etc.

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“Perfect, just keep doing whatever you are doing, talk to you in five years.”

Five years in and I had my fifth-year X-Ray, to see …well you know….

So, the hips are perfect. The non-surgery side is perfect and the side that had the surgery is perfect.

That’s the news I got.

So, I would like everyone to put on Helter Skelter, turn the volume up real loud and listen to Paul scream, “YAAAAAAAA ha ha ha ha ha ha….”

That’s what I was doing in the car on the way to work this morning.

[scene].… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Roll Call for Big Sur April 24 2022

Any other “Hippies” running Big Sur this year. 2 years ago I was due to run this race on my 60th birthday when covid broke out and the race was cancelled. I turned that disappointment into a challenge and ran 60 miles of bridge repeats for charity raising over $12,000 (see https://www.hiprunner.com/?p=18438). I had a great time but now excited to take on what is described as one of the Top 10 Marathons to run in the world. So anyone else running this or ran it post THR?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Attempting to win Last Man Standing race

This is a long one but hopefully it may help you get through your lows in a race. It’s a raw account of my feelings and emotions though the race and I how I persevered to get through the pain and somehow manage to finish in 3rd place of 51 runners being the oldest runner in the event and the only one with a hip replacement.


“Last Man Standing” race, I went into this race with high expectations based on my training and fitness level but fell well short of my goals. It was the first race of this format where the goal isn’t to run as fast as you, it’s to run as long as you can with no known end time. I had practiced run/walk training for the last 6 weeks and 2 long training runs of this format with 10 hours during the day and an 8 hour run in the evening, running 4.167 miles every hour and then resting to the start of the next hour.

It took me a couple of laps to settle into the pace, the course was on trail which I hadn’t trained on, and was single track so it was important to get the right starting position so you weren’t behind other runners. The trail was in good condition with just a few areas where the hogs had worked it but very runnable. I finished the laps in around 46 minutes giving me plenty of time to rest between laps and take on nutrition sitting in the chair. The race started at 8am and the sun was up with very little shade and it was surprisingly hot from the beginning, reaching 80 plus degrees during the day, not the 40 or 50 degrees most of the previous weekends during training.

After only about 5 or 6 laps, less than a marathon distance, my race started falling apart, my confidence going into this race shattered and replaced with a lot of negativity, more than any other race I can remember. I questioned myself why I was running, I decided to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Minor Swelling

Hello Everyone,

I’m 67 and had left THR in October 2019.  Surgery went fine and haven’t been experiencing any pain at all. The past 1-1/2 months I’ve had minor swelling at my new hip. No pain. I’ve run less than 50 miles this year because I tweaked my right quad during a run. And I’ve run less than 500 miles since my surgery. I’m wondering if the swelling is caused by my body compensating for my injured right quad, or maybe my body is telling it’s time to stop running. I haven’t been icing and maybe I should. I’m thinking of starting my hip exercises again. Any thoughts?



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Help please ….

Hi Guys
i seriously need some help and advice. I’m 27mths post op ( thr ). I can’t seem to get rid of the pain in my upper thigh ( quad ). It ruins my walking , and jogging is out of the question. It hurts when lifting leg in the stride. It has done since day one !!! I’ve built up the muscles as best I can , but am giving up hope at this stage of ever getting back to running on a regular basis ( was a 18min 5k , 39 min 10k runner pre op ). I’m two heavier and really struggling mentally !  X rays show the new hip to be perfect ( according to consultant ) and he has all but washed his hands with me !!!!!! Physio has me doing exercises with bands , but the quad even hurts when I’m lifting leg to put on my sock …… any thoughts would be appreciated. Ollie.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)