Over the weekend, I received an email from fellow hip brother Brian out of New Jersey. Not every doctor takes an optimistic approach to getting back to running after a hip replcement. Brian’s was adamantly against it. So he is in a bit of a conundrum. Here is what he had to say….
Hi Tom, I am 5 weeks into recovery and very pleased with
my progress. In addition to physical therapy I am riding a stationary bike for 45 minutes four times a week and weight training 3-4 days per week. I intend to begin a swimming regiment after my sixth week of recovery. While I am encouraged by the running successes reported on this and other websites, my surgeon is adamant about discouraging me from ever running again. My dilemma is that he is a very prominent surgeon with 40 years of experience and can recite many cases of failed hip replacements due to running. He also feels that the success rate for revision hip surgeries is poor and often results in creating other problems that significantly reduce the quality of life. I guess I either have to follow his advice or follow my passion!
Dang! That’s just too bad Brian. Well I’m certainly not going to tell you to go against doctor’s orders. I do know though that running brings a certain quality to my life. And if that means a hip revision is in my future…..I’ll take it. I am optimistic that that is something I won’t have to worry about for a long time though. In the meantime, I will enjoy getting out, staying fit and enjoying nature. Keep us posted on your progress. You are probably one of the “more sane” members of the group. It will be great to use you as our baseline in terms of recovery. And hey….if you fall off the wagon……we’ll be running right along side the wagon with you….