Michigan Runners with Hip Replacements

Hello.

I am a 54 year old male who most likely needs a double hip replacement. I was a soccer player and a runner (marathons) until it became impossible for me to run any more. I even tore ligaments in my foot and ankle because everything was out of line in my right leg due to the hip issue and being out of alignment.

I was hoping to talk to someone ‘like me’ who has had a double hip replacement and who is back running.

My last race was Boston 2015, since then I have barely run, not at all in 2+ years.

I live in the Ann Arbor area.

Thanks.

Stuart.

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    • #17836
      Michigan Runner
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      Hello. I am a 54 year old male who most likely needs a double hip replacement. I was a soccer player and a runner (marathons) until it became impossib
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    • #17857
      tedbarber
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      Hi Stuart. I was a marathoner once as well. Never fast enough to qualify for Boston though. I had THP on both hips in 2016 (May and September) at 54. I ended up having problems with the 2nd (left) and a staph infection, and needed a to have that replaced through a stage 2 THP, which meant I had to hop around with an antibiotic spacer for 4 months, which sucked. But in July of 2018, I got my new left hip. All is well now and I run 3 times a week, but very short mileage (7 miles a week), but can walk very quickly with no problem and put in quite a few walking miles as well. I run and walk with no pain. My advice is to have both hips done at least 6 months to a year apart. Not sure why I got an infection, but part of me thinks maybe if I had waited a bit longer between, my immune system might have been stronger and able to fend off the infection. Look for a ortho. that understands your active history and that you want to get back to that. You will so appreciate not being in pain. But listen to your body and don’t rush things. Best of luck

    • #17858
      Felicity
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      I had both my hips replaced. One in April 2012& the other 2014. I’m an ultra marathon runner. I only now run up to 21 km. I run about 8km most days and have no problem. As long as you do your exercises you’ll be fine & listen to your body. I have no pain and run comfortably. Just make sure you have a good Orthopaedic surgeon.
      Good luck.

    • #17893
      Hip Brother Tom
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      Hi Stuart,

      I’m not a Michigan Runner, but I do have a hip replacement and I am 54 years old. Stuart I had my left hip replaced in January of 2012. In 2016, I ran the Grand Canyon (Rim to Rim). Then in 2018, I got a partial knee replacement (due to a basketball injury). It is 2020, and I am planning for my first 50K run on March 21 in Bellingham Washington (The Chuckanut). The sky is the limit if you believe in yourself and you listen to your body. Don’t push too soon. Eventually, you’ll be doing great things! Stay optimistic!

      Hip Brother Tom

    • #17899
      Michigan Runner
      Participant

      Thanks for all the info and support.It is appreciated!
      Regards.
      Stuart.

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