I write to offer ongoing encouragement to those contemplating or recovering from a THR. My surgery was February 22, 2014.
I suppose I was/am luckier than some, but my situation is nearly miraculous. I missed only 2 days of work, cycled indoors on post-op day 5, never used a cane or other device and have progressed steadily thereafter. I cycled normally by week 5 and began running at week 11.
My hope at surgery time was that my summer would be unaffected by my hip. And so it is. 95% of the time I have no sense of even having had the surgery. If I didn’t know, I would be unable to identify which hip was replaced.
In the past month I’ve hiked aggressively in the White Mountains. Jumped joyfully from rock to rock on downhills without any unusual sensation. I don’t run a lot, but not because I can’t. I just spend more time road and mountain biking. I run 3 or 4 times a week, 3-5 miles per run. No issues, no pain, no limitations. Biking is even better. I’m stronger than I’ve been in years.
I even helped my daughter move and lugged unreasonably heavy furniture up narrow stairs, putting strain on my hip at odd angles and all else that moves entail. Again, no effect whatsoever on my hip.
It seems a bit self-absorbed to write all of this, but I do so just so others have an example of what outcome is possible.
Hope others are doing well.