Long Time Away

Because Hipbro Tom’s site was so helpful, I feel guilty being away so long. I won’t repeat my tale, but in February I celebrated 4 year anniversary of right hip replacement.

For anyone considering the procedure, go for it. I literally cannot tell I had a replacement. I mountain bike nearly every day. I run if I feel like it, with ease and no notice of my hip. I’d run more, but I don’t care because I’m too old to ever run as fast as I once did. I ski, backpack, jump, fall . . . everything and anything. I shudder to think of what life would be like if I didn’t take the plunge.

Best to you, Hipbrother! Still grateful!

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    • #13247
      Steve Nelson
      Participant

      Because Hipbro Tom’s site was so helpful, I feel guilty being away so long. I won’t repeat my tale, but in February I celebrated 4 year anniversary of
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    • #13248
      Hip Brother Tom
      Keymaster

      Steve! It is GREAT to hear from you! So hlad you are doing well! Thanks for the report!

    • #13250
      Carolyn
      Participant

      Brilliant, thanks for the update! I’m almost two years post surgery and I am in the same boat as you are, with being able to do whatever I want. I hope I can say the same joyful things at 4 years. Cheers!

    • #13255
      Pauliver
      Participant

      Steve,
      Do you remember how many months had transpired before you jogged? Skied?
      I just passed month 4 and there is still deep femur “aching” that is making me think I should let the new hardware grow in a little longer before I get back to jogging.
      All the Best,
      Pauliver

    • #13256
      Carolyn
      Participant

      Hi again, I’m not Steve but speaking just for myself, I waited a full 6 months to start easing back into running, to be sure to (like you say) let the new hardware bond well with the rest of the system. I didn’t have ‘aching’ so much as occasional stiffness, maybe a slight ache, if I had, say, hiked a little too far or did a little too much with weights (I started weight training about 3 months post surgery). As Tom F. and many others here often say, ‘listen to your body’ and don’t push too hard, and if you do, just back off a little bit – healing does take time, and patience is rewarded.

    • #13331
      ForceD
      Participant

      I’m just at two months post-op right now. Since stopping running before my surgery (and other slight injuries that contributed) it’s now been about a year since I’ve really done much running. I do miss it. But I’ve sort of gotten out of the habit, or urge, or regularity of going for a run, and having it as part of my daily life/routine. Although I have continued bicycling and swimming on a very regular and frequent basis. With the pain gone from my hip, I have again begun to think about going for a run more frequently. But I’m not pushing it. As much as I want to be “a runner”…I’m sure it’ll happen. I’m just going to wait it out, I think, and eventually one day in the near future my body will tell me that it’s time to go for a run again.

      Dan

    • #13335
      Carolyn
      Participant

      I felt the very same thing for those first 6 months after surgery – running was just not appealing at all. Even tho the doc had given his cautious OK to running at 4 months, every time I thought about it, which wasn’t often, I thought, “Meh, I’d rather go for a walk.” It was like I was being told it was Too Soon. Wasn’t feeling like I was missing out on anything. I happily drove shuttle for my husband when he did longer mountain runs, opting instead for short hikes. And then one day, about 6 months out, I got this urge to run, and went for a very short, flat trot – and it felt good. It felt like I was now “allowed” to run. I have slowly ramped up since then, and am still enjoying running along with other activities. So I guess the takeaway is like Dan says – just listen to your body.

    • #13356
      Dave Whiteside
      Participant

      Glad to hear everything’s going great for you Steve. It’s always good to hear how much peoples lives have improved after THR, giving hope to many others.

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