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    • #20614

      Hi all, looking for some advice from people who knew years in advance that they’d need a hip replacement, please. I’ve been running injured for the pa
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    • #20621

      I guess I don’t understand why they want you to wait to have your hip replaced for another 4-5 years. Instead of suffering through the pain, I selected to have my left hip replaced as soon as possible so I could resume normal activities before it got too bad.

      That being said, with my right hip replacement a couple of years ago, I just couldn’t run so did allot of outdoor biking and pool swimming (I am a triathlete so there is always something to work on) until the hospital opened back up during the covid shutdown. That kept me more than fit and resulted in a very fast recovery.

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    • #20623

      Thanks, OB. Yeah, I don’t really understand such advanced notice either and need to ask the consultant for clarification. I have no hip pain at the moment, but it is causing pain elsewhere in my leg, as well as being the reason why I haven’t been able to run properly for the past year. So I’m just expected to let it all get worse before surgery? Will have to think about getting it done sooner rather than later.

    • #20635

      I left my hip replacement far too long (it was a very slow degeneration) resulting a lot of muscle mass loss in the affected leg. I had no pain but I suffered from ever increasing mobility issues over a 10 year period and by the end was not able to walk 1/2 a mile without being exhausted

      My physio said that ideally pre-surgery I needed to go in with as much mobility as possible so that my recovery would be quicker, so earlier the surgery the better.

      In my case I made a full recovery of the replaced hip and started running after 6 months and after a year was running better than 7 years ago. However the last 6 months pre surgery (delayed by Covid) I was walking so badly I ended up slightly wearing my other hip. SO far its holding up and hindsight is wonderful

      Everyone is different of course.

      • #20637

        Thank you – particularly important point about having the surgery with as much mobility as possible. I’m going to get the replacement as soon as I can.

    • #20641

      Here’s my two cents – take it for what it’s worth. I had a THR on my right hip two years ago. I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis nearly 8 years ago when I was 44. I was an ultra runner for many years. Long story short, before my surgery I made a conscious effort to alternate running with swimming, biking, and any other physical activity to mentally prepare for the change that would be inevitable. The sooner you get on board with the idea of adding swimming or biking or other low impact activities, the better off you will be mentally after your total hip replacement. Coming to terms with the idea of not running or not running as much as you used too simply takes time.

      As I mentioned, I am two years post surgery, (age 52) and I am very happy with the decision I made. I still run/walk one or two times a week, swim and bike on alternate days and throw in some strength training. The idea of prematurely wearing out the hardware makes me evaluate my choices any time I head out the door.

      I would encourage you to do extensive research on the pros and cons of running after THR and how it can affect your body. Keep in mind that even though the materials used now are extremely durable, there are still particles that wear off over time. That said your THR could last 30+ years or it could last 5-10 years depending on how much wear and tear you put on the device. And on top of this revisions are never that successful if you read any literature on the subject.

      From my point of view, I would put it off until you know it’s time. Believe me, you will know when it’s time because it literally will be too painful doing your daily activities and keep you up at night.

      Good luck with your decision!

    • #20642

      Hello JB, and my comments will be very similar to what OB and some others have said… That is “if you know it’s happening, why wait?“. However, I did not opt to do replacement surgery until I knew it had to be done. For me, that was when I had at least constant mild pain, affecting my sleep at night, and when any significant running effort produced significant pain. I dealt with discomfort sleeping at night and joint pain on the “7 out of 10 scale“ after moderately hard 45 minute runs for about a year and a half before I decided to do the THR surgery. That was 2.5 years ago on my left hip and a great decision! Now, as time has gone along, and I have been running pretty well, my right hip is starting to hurt more than it has in the past. Now I am not disparaging your comments about seeing your doc, getting the diagnosis and medical issues figured out, and then prognosticating a future surgical timeframe, however, I suppose I will need another hip replaced… Of course, I will see my doctor and have it x-rayed, but when the pain hits that point, and it is an inevitability, I will know!

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