Right THR eminant

Hello Hip Runners.  New to this site.  I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now.  I was diagnosed with arthritis at 40 and stopped playing ice hockey because of it.  I used to run 3 to 10 mile runs on a regular basis but pretty much had to cut that out because I always paid with pain for days afterwards.  For the last 2 years I have used cycling as my main form of cardio.  Even cycling is becoming painful at times.  I get these flare-ups that last anywhere from 1 to 4 days and they are extremely painful.  They are never triggered from working out, but always from sleeping in the wrong position.  Crazy.  I have finally grown tired of this and am talking to my surgeon, in ernest, about finally getting in.  Looking at about 1.5 to 2 months out.  I have actually almost gone through with the surgery on 2 other occasions but ultimately backed out for various reasons, one being fear.  Lol.  I know in the current state I am in I will never run again.  I so badly want to start doing sprint distance triathlons.  I can cover the swim and bike legs easily but it so pathetic that I can’t even cover the 3.1 mile run section.  I’m sure every one of you that has recieved a THR knows exactly what I speak of.  I plan on getting the anterior approach because it seems that the recovery process is much quicker.  Has anyone had that approach and if so can you comment.  My surgeon discourages running but told me he knows he can’t stop me.  I told him that I fully intend to run and use my hip. In due time if course, I know it will take time to heal.  I hope these are realistic expectations.  I’m still in very good shape.  5’9″ 195lbs cycle 150 miles a week and also do crossfit.  I have to modify some of my crossfit moves because my hip doesn’t bend in ways that some of the moves require, ie squats, lunges, and burpees.  I hope to get down to 185 before the surgery to better faciltate my recovery.  My buddy got the same hip replaced about 3 months ago and says he should have done it 10 years ago, he is so happy with it.  I’m kind of jealous actually.  Well if anyone has any advice to help push me along, I would love to hear it.  I’m excited but also fearful of the whole thing.  This old broken down hip just isn’t cutting it anymore.

 

Thanks Robert.

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  • #15432

    shermdog2
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    Hello Hip Runners.  New to this site.  I am 51 years old and have been contemplating getting my Rt hip replaced for 3 years now.  I was diagnosed with
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  • #15433

    Feellikeafreak
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    In a sentence: Have the surgery and the anterior approach.

    I am 56, I had THR done when I was 54 (and waited about two years before that before I decided it was time)
    I was very active prior to this. And here I am two years later training for a full iron.
    But here’s what I think is a recipe for success: gather as much information about the surgery as you can. Watch YouTube videos. Look at the device that is actually going to be inside of you (the sample one!). Do the physical therapy every day (really…do the physical therapy). Walk in the beginning and then at some point, and everyone’s progress is different, maybe start running or cycling or just doing a little more to reclaim your life.
    Best of luck!
    Mary

  • #15434

    shermdog2
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    Thanks Mary. I will have no problem with the physical therapy. I am very motivated when it comes to being active. I have watched every you tube video and read countless articles about the surgery and recovery. Most people are very happy with their results and I guess since you are training for an Ironman you are too. I would ultimately love to do that distance as well but baby steps, right? What did your surgeon tell you in regards to running? Thanks for the info.

    Robert.

  • #15435

    Felicity
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    Good morning Robert.
    I am an ultra distance runner who put off my hip replacement for 3 years. Why? Fear. Fear that I would never run again which is my passion. I had my first hip replacement in 2012 and the other side in 2014. I would tell anyone to go ahead and have it done. It was the best thing I ever did. My only regret is leaving it for so long. I waited 3 months before I attempted to run and I’ve been running ever since. My orthopaedic surgeon probably wouldn’t be too happy but life is for living and doing what you love. They actually haven’t had a case of a runner having to have a revision because of running afterwards. Each year prosthesis are upgraded in the way they are made with better and stronger material.
    This is a report by a surgeon in the USA.
    Hip replacement surgery is one of the most effective means of restoring mobility and reducing the pain caused by osteoarthritis. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, about 500,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed every year in the Untied States. Following a joint replacement surgery, those who have been runners in the past can continue with their chosen sport after a period of rehabilitation to build up to the high-impact activity. The American College of Sports Medicine reports that only experienced runners should undertake the sport following a hip replacement; it is not a post-surgical activity recommended for beginners or new runners.

  • #15436

    Wizzzard
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    Hello Robert, just do it, it will be best you have done for long time. I did my first 3 years ago and second 2 years ago iam 55 in November. I run ultra and marathons, so far this year i have run 20 marathons or longer, my goal this year is 24 but i Will knock that figure already in Oktober. Just do it.

    Best regards Anders Jelander/Sweden

  • #15437

    shermdog2
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    Thank you Felicity and Anders. Responses like yours motivate me to get it done. I have an appointment on Tuesday with my surgeon and I will work on locking down a date. Responses like yours help replace the fear with excitement.

    I too have read that surgeons tell people to not run, but there is no real studies or evidence that running wears down the prosthesis. I’m guessing that since they figures it wears out a real hip it will wear out an artificial one. It’s not whether I’ll run after surgery but when.

  • #15438

    Hip Brother Tom
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    Hi Robert!
    I had the anterior approach in 2012 and all is going well. This site was built to track all runners experiences with running after a hip replacement. To date, I have not seen a single report of a hip needing a revision due to the return to running. My best advice to you is to let your hip be your guide and give it a rest when it tells you to. This is especially important in the first year to year and a half. Stay optimistic and you wil return to running.

  • #15439

    Hip Brother Tom
    Keymaster

    Hi Robert!
    I had the anterior approach in 2012 and all is going well. This site was built to track all runners experiences with running after a hip replacement. To date, I have not seen a single report of a hip needing a revision due to the return to running. My best advice to you is to let your hip be your guide and give it a rest when it tells you to. This is especially important in the first year to year and a half. Stay optimistic and you will return to running.

  • #15441

    Aamosy
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    Another voice in the choir here. I had mine done a month apart, Feb & March 2018. While I am slower, I am running, still getting faster. My regret is that I lost so much conditioning and muscle tone prior to the surgery, due to pain and incapacity, rehabilitation started way back of the start line for me. I’m a 65 year old woman. Was 2nd in my AG at Boston in 2014, now I am running 11 minute miles. Still, it’s running and I am improving each month. Am training for the Grand Canyon Rim2rim2rim hike in a few days, so all the stairs and hiking has kept my speed from developing a little faster. Did a very hilly marathon in Vermont last month in 5:30.
    Oh, and the surgery is not that bad. I went home the day after both times. My advice is do PT NOW in order to maintain as much strength and flexibity PRE surgery. Good luck!

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