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

      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

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

    • #13250

      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

      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,

    • #13256

      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

      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.


    • #13335

      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

      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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