Hello, I am a new member.
I am a mid 60s female living on the south coast of England, professional / office based background, retired. My running career is relatively recent – started in 2015 with C25K to manage my health, including what was then a rather stiff right hip. Progressed to the point where I became a bit of a parkrun addict, doing quite a lot of parkrun tourism, plus the odd 10k event and the 10 mile Great South Run in 2017 and 2019. Never going to be a great runner, never a fast runner, but it helped keep me healthy and was something I enjoyed. I am also a regular swimmer and gym goer (weights mainly, also aqua classes).
During the 2020 England lockdown, my running deteriorated and my hip stiffness increased. With most access to healthcare difficult, I put it down to not being able to swim and carried on. My sister in law said it looked like I needed a new hip but I wasn’t ready to go down that route. Sure enough, when I was able to get back in the pool and gym, things improved a bit but I couldn’t get my running distance past 7k. With the 2nd main lockdown in early 2021, I started to deteriorate again. At Easter, I thought I had pulled my hamstring, and when it didn’t seem to get better, went to see a physio. Physio took one look, said it was my hip and that it would likely need to be replaced. A few days later I saw the consultant he recommended privately, and went on his self-pay list (NHS waiting list currently about 2 years) for a total right hip replacement. Haven’t run since Easter but I have been able to continue swimming and upper body gym work, although my walking had deteriorated to less than a kilometre at a stretch by the time of surgery. Clearly I caught this just in time
I had my operation on 7th September. Operation was through a single vertical incision on my right side / thigh, shaped a bit like a crescent moon. He separated my glute, cut through the piriformis and a couple of smaller tendons. Cap is I think plastic and cemented in place. The prosthetic in my femur is some combination of titanium and ceramic and is not cemented – apparently my bone health was otherwise good and the muscles were strong. Operation done through a spinal anaesthetic and some sedation, so I was semi alert. 2 nights in hospital, I am home with crutches. I have been asked to use the crutches for up to 4 weeks to take the weight of the internal tissues that need to mend.
My first sporting objective (after walking) is to get back to swimming, but I do want to restart running in the future, even if it’s only slow 5ks / parkruns. The surgeon didn’t rule it out but the anaesthetist was a lot less encouraging despite being a runner – tried to encourage me towards cycling instead – which I hate.
Keen to understand other’s experiences and share as I go through this journey.