Well, well, well, how quickly (almost 4 years has passed. It still seems like yesterday that I was waking at 4am every morning to take 60mg of codeine to ease the pain and get back to sleep! Constant pain a part of my life for every day of evry week for the previous 2 years.
I’ve already documented on here how I went in to have a THR Ceramic on Ceramic at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford, Surrey, England under a surgeon named Mr Kerry Acton. The hip he chose was a new generation Furlong Evolution. Uncemented, the coating binds with the bone to create a bond which (it is presumed) means a hip for life. No restrictions (bar jumping from height) means running, cycling, tennis, duathlon, triathlon, snowboarding…you name it, I’ve done it POST op!
The results have been staggering. Already a UK Championship marathon runner with a best time of 2.40 before the op I am now beating all my age graded running times. I’ve run a couple of 17.03 5K’s, a 34 .50 10k and picked up a silver medal at the 2016 World Duathlon Championships in Adelaide (meaning that I also race at the upcoming World Champs in Penticton BC, Canada in August!!! It has been quite frankle an amazing journey – not without set backs – but incredible none the less.
What have I learned along the way???
1. Get the best implant!!! The furlong evolution is ceramic on ceramice (hardwearing) and creates a unique bond. Most revisions come from the stem failing (imagine a post concreted into the ground – over time it will loosen and come free).
2. Don’t delay the op. Any problems that I’ve had since have come from leaving the op too long. This shortens tendons, weakens muscles and remodels other muscles to take the strain.
3. Don’t overprotect the hip after the op – get a skilled physio to tell you exactly what you can and can’t do and which stretches you should do daily.
4. Return to activity but don’t go long. Shorter, intense races/training are going to give you the best chance of long term success.
5. Don’t limit yourself – I’ve done everything that I’ve wanted to. If I’ve enjoyed it in the past then I can sure as hell enjoy it again!
6. If you get a problem then seek lots of different advice and treatment. I’ve had a glute med issue that has partly responded to physio, partly responded to osteopathy but FULLY responded to ‘Strain/Counterstrain osteopathy’. Don’t give up!!!!
I’ve had a lot of press in the UK regarding my life after the hip so if you are at all interested then there is a link to a video explaining all on my Instagram page rixy166
Snippets can also be found on a google search of ‘Duathlon Michael Rix’, at www.healthawareness.co.uk/bones-and-joints/replacement/new-hip-brings-new-lease-of-life
and Twitter @rixy16
and for the data bods all my activity pre and post is on Garmin Connect – profile Mike Rix West Sussex
Hope it helps, and that I can be of help in some way.
P’S I love reading ALL your posts. Inspirational and heart warming. Good luck in your own journeys!