Hello Hip Runners! I am new to this group and so so so happy to be here.
I just got my surgery date (10/26/23) for a total right hip replacement. Yikes! I am scared (I’ve never had surgery before except for wisdom teeth removal) and excited (hopefully an end to my pain and BACK TO RUNNING). I am here for information and support and to pass on my experience so hopefully I can support someone else on their hip replacement journey.
One year ago I did the SF Half and my right hip was never really the same. I had a lot of pain:( I went to the PT and X-rays showed I have stage 3 osteoarthritis with bone spurs. It crushed me at first and what was even more brutal was that I could barely run 2 miles – sometimes the buckling pain would stop me in my tracks.
I am a cyclist, rower, and runner, however running is my true love. I LOVE LOVE LOVE running. It is integral to my happiness on all sorts of levels. So going from running 5 miles 5 times a week and able to do half marathons (I did one marathon – NYC – and would like to do that again!) with a month’s notice to being in pain and barely running once a week REALLY AFFECTED my life. I turned 50 in February and without running and a slowing metabolism I gained 12 pounds and didn’t feel like myself. I am slowly shedding the weight with diet and Tunde, my favorite Peleton instructor, but I am so so so ready to run free.
Questions for this most awesome forum:
- Does anyone have any pointers for how I can be best prepared for this surgery so the recovery is smooth and as successful as possible? I am a nurse and on my feet a lot at work so I want to make sure I don’t go back to work too soon and honestly, I want to make sure I don’t do anything too soon so I can heal with no complications. I am one of those people who jumps back too soon so any advice about how you handled the recovery is appreciated.
- Are there certain materials I should request the surgeon to install (ceramic, titanium alloys, etc.) that is better/more suited for someone who is going to run on this hip replacement? I know there are varieties of materials.
- My surgeon said this replacement will last 30 years. Does the lifespan of the new hip decrease if it is used to run on? In other words, does running make its lifespan less? I plan to run for as long as I can so knowing it is good until I am 80 is encouraging, but is that real?
- Once a full recovery is attained – I hear it takes 1 year to really feel 100% normal – do you need to be tentative with it or is it just like before the arthritis? I do Spartan Races and Tough Mudders and am wondering if that kind of thing is behind me?
Any info is so appreciated. I feel so lucky I found you:)