One week from surgery and need advice


I am so thankful to have found this site as it has helped relieve some of the stress over my upcoming left anterior THR surgery. I am a 43 year old male and was diagnosed with severe arthritis in my left hip two years ago. Not 100% on what lead to this but I’m assuming a couple decades of running for fitness.

My doctor is using a ceramic on plastic hip and assured me that I would be able to return to my job as a police officer in 12 weeks. There’s no requirement that I do have to return that fast but for personal and financial reasons I would like to.

One of my concerns is that the department does not offer light duty and in order to return I would have to run on a treadmill for two minutes at 8.2 miles per hour. Does this seem reasonable at 12 weeks?

My second concern is that, as a result of working hard over the last 6 weeks to focus on my fitness level going into the surgery, my hip pain seems to have improved dramatically. It’s still there but not as debilitating as it had been.

Just wondering if I’m rushing into the surgery. Don’t get me wrong, my bad days are awful, but my main reason for not waiting is the lack of confidence and performance in my profession. I certainly don’t think it is in anyone’s best interests to wait until I’m completely unable to perform at work, but for the time being I can.

If anyone could provide some insight it would be a great help to me as I begin this journey. Thank you all!


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  • #15755

    Greetings, I am so thankful to have found this site as it has helped relieve some of the stress over my upcoming left anterior THR surgery. I am a 43
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  • #15757


    Hi Will, welcome to The group, my advice to you do The op soon as you can, you seen to be in good shape that is The key to a fast comeback. I have done two THR my rehab was walking walking walking. I run Budapest maraton 38 days after my latest op so there is big chance that yoy can clear The test you have to do as a Police. This weekend i did my 24 marathon 2019 with was my goal for whole 2019, so IF you ask Me do The op, and do you rehab, i was back to work in three weeks and I have a Hard work, sorry for my bad English, best regards Anders Jelander.

  • #15758


    Hi Will – assuming you can currently pass the treadmill test I don’t think you will have any trouble at 12 weeks post-op. Ceramic on plastic seems to be the best combination nowadays (I have all-ceramic) and you are a youngster so should recover quickly. I was back to 5k parkruns at 6 weeks after my THR, but not at that pace because I am very old… Have got back to 6:40 pace (9mph) for 1 minute intervals, at the 28-month mark. This was marathon pace 30 years ago!
    Go for it, your current relief is temporary (as was mine) and you need a new hip soonest…
    Good luck, and keep in touch!

  • #15759

    Michael Rix

    Certainly not rushing in. In my experience delaying was the absolute worst thing that I did. It meant that the rehab to overcome shortened muscles and tendons was that much longer and painful.
    Exactly 12 weeks after surgery I managed a super sprint triathlon and the overall win – so 2 miles at 8.2 mph is achievable.
    There are great days ahead! Get it done and rehab well and you’ll never look back. Best of luck


  • #15771


    Hey Will, greetings from NC. I had just turned 44 when I had my surgery RH Anterior with ceramic and plastic. I was in shape when I had the surgery. Recovery went well. I used the elliptical, rode a bike and did a lot of walking and climbing stairs. Was back to work in 10 weeks. I currently do a lot of running on a treadmill and average about 7.3 mph on an incline. After 12 weeks you should be able to pass the test but I think it will be a challenge. I am 15 months post up and the fastest I was able to run was 7.9 mph for a two minute sprint. My leg was sore after that sprint. I have put this hip replacement Thru a lot and it has held up. Worst It feels is sore if I overdo it but that goes away after a couple of days. I will try a 8.2 mph sprint tomorrow at the gym and see how my hip feels after.

  • #15776

    Hip Brother Tom

    Hi Will!
    I started running after 3 months (Had the surgery in January 2010 and was running by April). You can do this. It seems interesting that you need to be running 7:18 miles. I have seen a lot of police officers (and I respect their profession), but I don’t think they would be able to achieve that. Wow! Don’t let the lack of pain fool you. You got to this point for a reason.
    All the best to you on your recovery!

    Hip Brother Tom

  • #15779

    Thanks everyone for the advice. It is truly appreciated and has really helped me realize this is the best decision for me. I’m ready to put the work in and come back stronger than ever.

    Tom, I understand exactly what you’re saying and I 100% agree. At least 25% of our officers could not do that run with healthy hips. Our union is working on a solution, but in the meantime I’m just going to focus on getting back.

    As I said, having found this site is blessing and I’m so grateful for everything you guys have done to help those of us that are just beginning. My devastation has now turned to hope thanks to all of the inspiring stories I have found here.

    I’m having surgery Monday and I’ll be sure to keep everyone posted. Thanks again!!!

  • #15927


    Hi i am a retired traffic police Officer with thirty years servie in the North Of the uk and i have had right hip problems for the past ten years .I was a runner Of a good standard im my spare Time and i have just had my right hip done in hospital after nearly three years in retirement .All i can say is it is great i have had so much pain when i was working and i was refused à hip opération because Of my âge , by the Nhe who wanted me to take more and more painkillers .We have moved to France where the outlook on Life is totally different here and after seeing a French surgeon , my op on the 23rd sept 2019 , ( two weeks ago ) The pain is gone

    I am recovering well and looking back I also did all my yearly ost classes and fitness tests with gritted teeth on the bleep test and now I after two weeks feel so must better , now .I have colleagues in the job that have had hip opérations and on the tread mill , you Will be able to walk that Time , At possibly quite a Quick Pace .The main thing is do your stretches and physio and i promise you Will be fine .I should have done the opération years ago , you have got to Béar in mind that the majority Of people on hip opérations now want a return to sport etc and are a lot younger in âge , all the best keep us posted

  • #15960

    Greetings everyone,

    Had the surgery Monday 10/7. Anterior approach, ceramic on plastic. Had to be at the hospital at 5:45 am, surgery was at 7:45am and I was up and walking by 11:00 am!!!

    I didn’t sleep a wink the night before and was extremely nervous going in as this was the first surgery I had since my appendectomy at 8 years old. Despite being exhausted I was so relieved and happy to be walking.

    My surgeon came in and told me everything went perfect. My pain was minimal at the time and seemed mostly just stiffness. I had spinal anesthesia with sedation and did not wake up during the procedure as I have heard can happen.

    At day 3 post op it’s a bit of a challenge, but I’m told this will be the worst. I over did it a bit on day 2 by trying to go shopping with my wife after physical therapy. I will not do that again.

    One of the first things I noticed is that walking helps with the pain almost as much as the medication. I’m hoping to stop the prescription pain medication in a couple days and transition to Tylenol.

    I’ll keep everyone posted as I continue to progress. Thank you again to all who responded to my original post you definitely eased my mind going in. And a huge thanks to my surgeon Dr. Michael O’Malley (UPMC). He’s a specialist in the anterior approach and really cares about his patients. Furthermore, he told me to live my life with this hip. Run, ski, ride my dirt bike!!! Of course after three months and he said try not to break my leg.


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