My 6 week post-op visit was delightful and short, although I was reminded to be patient. As I’ve previously posted, my recovery has been quite amazing by any standard. I’m cycling, including mountain biking, feel virtually normal in all daily activities including miles of walking – blah, blah.
But my conversation with Dr. Mayman elicited some information I hope others will find helpful and encouraging.
First, he surprised me by recommending that I not run for another 6 weeks. The risks are low, he acknowledged, but why bother? At 12 weeks the growth of bone into the implant will have created, in his words, a hip as strong or stronger than my natural hip.
I also asked if “risky” activities like cycling challenging single track should be avoided for fear of breaking the hip. He responded that the new hip would be significantly harder to break than the natural hip and he has no reservations about such activities.
Finally, I asked about really high impact, for example: By summertime, when backpacking, should I be cautious about jumping from rock to rock (perhaps 3 foot drop) and absorbing the impact on my new hip. Not at all, he replied.
All of this was quite liberating, other than his suggestion to wait a bit longer to run.
He also reiterated (with appropriate caveats) that the evidence is mounting that a properly aligned hip with ceramic head and cross-linked polyethylene liner appears to be nearly impervious to wear, at least during my lifetime.
He said there was really no point in seeing me sooner than 2 years from now and then only to get an image to confirm that nothing has changed at all.