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I had left THR anterior approach done on 10/7/19. I’m a 43 year old male in pretty good shape. By no means am I a triathlete and I’m probably a few pounds overweight.

I was in surgery at 7am, waking up around 10am and walking down the hall of the hospital with a walker by noon. I did my second PT session after lunch, used a cane and was able to do stairs. They discharged me before 4 pm with a cane and no restrictions other than no jumping or running (lol) and no driving while on pain meds.

During the first week I needed help with anything that required bending like putting on socks and shoes. Lifting my leg to elevate was kind of a chore but not impossible. I didn’t need a walker so that made it a lot easier. Also my pain was pretty minimal and I was splitting my pain pills (Vicodin 10mg)and only taking them twice a day instead of the 6 times as directed. I used Tylenol in between morning and bedtime.

If you do your PT you’ll be independent in no time at all. Maybe a few days even. I was cooking for myself the next day. You gotta walk around and ice constantly. Make sure you have at least a few good size ice packs. I set up a rehab station in my living room and was using an air bike at 2 weeks (Physical Therapist ok’d it first)

I was able to ditch the cane at 3 weeks to the day. I started back at the gym on the elliptical at 5 weeks post op. I actually jogged a bit today on the treadmill for the first time. It wasn’t all that bad. I had some brief IT band issues early on but my physical therapist was able to address it quickly.

I was in a hurry to get back to work as well and initially aiming for a 12 week recovery. I’m a police officer and have to take a fitness test to return. I feel I could do 80% of my work at this point but obviously if I have to run or wrestle someone it could be an issue. I’ve decided it’s not worth the risk to go back before I’m 100% so I’m going to do the 6 month recovery on the short term disability.

Of course everyone is different, but if you’re in good physical shape you should do well. I’m very happy I did it and only regret waiting. I was in denial for two years and thought I could last a decade or so with bone on bone arthritis. Ha!….not so much. I walk like a man my age now. My only other advice would be to come to Pittsburgh and see Dr. Michael O’Malley at UPMC. Best wishes and let me know if you need any other info.