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First of all, I struggle with this blog…My intention was to just make a general post about my TLHR surgery for others to see/compare. I can’t figure out how to leave a general post, so I suppose I am replying to something. Perhaps Tom can move this to an appropriate place…

Anyway, I had my surgery 9 months ago. Dr. Scott Kelley at Duke performed the anterior approach. No issues whatsoever. No pain pills and only Aleve for 2 weeks…then nothing after that. My Doctor was adamant about giving my recovery 9 full months of no running/jogging/Stairmaster, squats, etc. After the 9 months, I was free to do anything, within reason. My surgeon has had both of his hips replaced and is an avid snowboarder and kitesurfer. 9 months out was Wednesday (May 20th, 2020). I ran 1 mile in 8:27 on Wednesday, with no issues other than being very winded. My plan is to ease back into running by taking 2 or 3 months before I try to really push things. My goal is to run a half marathon by the end of the year under 2 hours and hopefully a full marathon at some point under 4 hours. I’m 56 years old and ran Boston the first time in 2009. I don’t have delusions of ever qualifying again, but won’t rule it out completely either. My PR is 3:27 on a full and 1:30 on a half both around the age of 46. I’m looking forward to seeing how I do going forward. My doctor has placed no restrictions on me other than using common sense if things go South. I have lost 35 pounds (currently at 185) since January 1st (I got heavy due to inactivity)…and am doing P90X workouts currently to build strength in light of gyms still being closed in NC. So far, everything has gone according to plan. I only submit this as a reference. If anyone would like to contact me via email to share stories/information, my email is

I think this a wonderful site and thank you Tom for all your efforts. Sharing info is the BEST way for everyone to progress, IMO. I’ll help anyone I can…


Frederick Von Canon
Sanford, NC