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    • #18949

      Hi everyone, this site has been a huge inspiration to me, thank you all for taking the time to share your stories.  I’m just over 2 weeks out from tot
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    • #18950

      I can relate to how you feel about being nervous! I don’t think I slept much the night before surgery. I had a right total hip done 7 weeks ago (48 yr old long distance runner/female with hip dysplasia). I had been walking with a cane for 3-4 months prior to surgery and had stopped running this past January. Surgery recovery has been ok for me, the first night after surgery when I was in the hospital was the hardest part and the most painful if I’ll be honest. But after I got home and was in my own environment, things were definitely tolerable and not too bad at all.

      I used a walker for one week after surgery, then a cane for two weeks after that. At almost exactly 3 weeks I was walking without a cane. I use a recumbent bike or walking on the treadmill every day and I’m running a little bit now…a few minutes at a time on the treadmill a few times a week. I’m just acting like I’ve never run before and am acclimating my body to it as if it’s my first time running. A couple months after surgery, your body will be your main gauge to let you know when you’ve overdone it, so you’ll need to find a new normal that works for you.

      My surgeon has given me permission now to do whatever I want, but he suggested I stay away from high mileage running (full and half marathons) because I want to preserve my other hip from having THR surgery as well. I’m ok with that at this point and just want to get back to running one or two miles a day. Even though you’re nervous, you’ll be fine and you’re going to love your new hip! I know I do. I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Good luck and keep us updated!

    • #18951

      I am now 16 weeks post right THR. A long time endurance athlete I twist broke my right leg nine years ago resulting in my hip replacement this past June. I have had shoulder (rotator), knee (torn cartilage), foot (bunion/claw toe) surgery plus my broken leg over the past 49 years (now 65 years old). Hip surgery was the easiest recovery of then all. I actually felt so good once they removed the staples (2 week mark) that I was bored and had to keep telling myself to hold back. My doctor said he didn’t want any of his patients to leave the hospital with a walker so was using a cane the first couple of weeks for help going up/down stairs. The major pain came for those darn staples. I didn’t use any pain medication other than Tylenol. After two weeks I started morning walks and to make sure I was going easy I took my phone and stopped to take pictures. Once I was up to it I started to also use my walks to pick up trash…..made it all seem worthwhile! I am now back to swimming and biking (150 miles per week) and have added 5 minute/1 minute shuffle/walks to prepare my body to run again around the 4 month mark. The only remaining issues I have is lifting my leg going up steps and at night (around 4a for some reason) I will get a shooting nerve pain in my leg from my hip to my toes. The doctor said that is not uncommon because of the drilling/tendon and nerve stretching that they have to do and eventually that goes away. I always figure from my other surgeries….maybe 6 months.

      Good luck and I hope that helps….bone will heal the quickest with tendons and muscles to follow.

    • #18956

      Hey Brian!

      I was in the same place about a month ago. Trust me, you’ll be absolutely great.

      I’m three weeks post op THR on the left. Just had my check in yesterday and everything looks perfect. Here’s what I learned over the past three weeks.

      1 – Everyone’s body, pain response and healing are completely different. I had read about people not needing narcotics, walking laps around the block on the same day as surgery, running four weeks post op, etc.

      I’m on the other side of those stories. I took boatloads of pain killers my first week and a half. My first lap in the hospital was f’ing hard and I was out of breath. I struggled with PT.

      I realized that I needed to give myself a break and that “bouncing back” is different for everyone. I’m happy to report that I’ve turned the corner and feel pretty damn good now. In fact, I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks.

      2 – Drink a ton of water post op. I had an IV, was groggy, etc. and did not drink enough water. First time I stood during PT, I passed out. My hospital discharge was delayed 48 hours because of that. It sucked. Drink lots of fluids immediately after surgery.

      3 – The overwhelming feeling of hope I had during the hospital discharge was incredible! Seriously. I immediately went into “PT mode” and began planning flexibility and strengthening regiments. This thrilling sense of purpose and goal setting GREATLY outweighed my fear and anxiety prior to surgery (full disclosure: I was a total mess 48 hours prior to surgery).

      You’ll totally rock this. If you have any other questions or concerns – fire away!


    • #18962

      Thank you for the replies, tips, and encouragement! I don’t think I’m at the total mess stage yet Jonathan, but I can feel it on the horizon 🙂


    • #18964
      Hip Brother Tom

      Patience is the key Brian. You will be back to running. Listen to the hip and don’t push past the pain. Your hip is your guide until you are fully recovered. For me, I didn’t feel fully recovered until about 16 months. But I was running after 3 months. Stay optimistic. Keep your head up. Believe and it will happen.

      Hip Brother Tom

    • #18975


      Good luck. I agree with Tom. Be patient. You won’t regret it! You’ll do great. I was more anxious than nervous. I couldn’t wait to have my surgery. Slept really good the night before.

      My hip was bone on bone. I couldn’t walk on back to back days and couldn’t ride my bike.

      When my doctor came in before the surgery I jokingly asked which hip he was replacing. After he gave me the right answer he asked if he could initial it.

      My surgery went really well other than I was given too much pain block. You’re going to have a lot of swelling and you’re leg most likely will be a little longer than other one. Don’t worry about it. When the swelling goes down the leg will shorten up. My leg lengths are almost nearly the same.

      Be nice to your physical therapist…lol. They want you to get better. My PT was worse than the surgery. Accept that you’re going to have some bad days. We’ve all had them.

      Don’t know how well you tolerate pain but be careful with the meds once you’re home. My worst post-op pain was day six. That was the last day I took a whole pain pill.

      I just had my one year check up and my doctor said the new hip looks great. I’m running 4 miles every other day on a soft surface trail at one of our metroparks.

      I’ll tell you the same thing I told Jonathan. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. We’ve all been there and we can all relate to what you’re going through.

      Please let us know how the surgery went.

      Once again good luck!!


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