On Tuesday, March 3,1 I will be 8 weeks post THR surgery. Everything is going along pretty well. I am getting back to normal and hope to be outdoors running and biking very soon. (I did get a bike ride done yesterday, but it is still pretty cold here in upstate NY, so I cut it a bit short)
My journey started in the winter of 2014 when the hip pain after running got progressively worse. X-rays did show arthritis, but I took a wrong turn when my doctor described it a moderate. After some PT that was going nowhere, I talked with an orthopedic surgeon who told me quite bluntly, Of course you are in pain, you are bone on bone and a good candidate for a hip replacement.
After some more time waiting for doctor appointments, a friend told me about a seminar to be given by a new local orthopedic surgeon who used the anterior technique. This technique intrigued me being somewhat less invasive and having a quicker recovery. I went to the seminar and was impressed. I got an appointment with the surgeon and she told me I should do very well being fit and healthy. On February 2, I had it done.
The first week of recovery was a bit tough, but keeping up with the basic recovery exercises and doing some walking around the house, my recovery progressed well. I threw the walker and crutches away after the first week, was driving and back to work in week three and by my 6 week checkup, I was free to do just about anything, no restrictions.
We have a small workout room here at work. I ride a stationary bike 2 or 3 times a day and do some other small things to get the hip strength back. Right now I am looking forward to some warmer weather to get some longer bike rides in. I’m glad I found this site to see there are so many people out there who are running after having a THR. I was getting a bit down reading all the doctor recommendations, most saying running is not recommended. (My surgeon did say I could run again, so hearing that right from my surgeon was very encouraging.) So now, I think it will be up to me. As my surgeon put it, people go through this surgery to get their life back, and do all those activities they loved and gave them joy. To hear doctors then say after the surgery that there are things they should give up is not comforting. So go do what you love, just be smart about it.
I am not sure when I will start running again. In a few weeks maybe. I still have some tenderness around the incision site. But I will be back out there. I miss all my running friends and feeling the road under my feet and the sweat running down my face.
Good luck all those out there with upcoming surgeries. You will definitely be better off having it done. Everyone else, maybe I’ll see you on the road sometime. We can compare scars and talk about how having this surgery was the best decision ever made.