when to start running after surgery-Tony

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    • #20832
      TJ
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      Tony-Hello all, just got accepted today and am excited to be on the blog! Had hip replacement on 11/28/23.  Just had 9 week review from surgeon(said c
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    • #20838
      OB
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      Everyone is different on their recovery. For background, I had posterior THR last Feb and am a long time runner /triathlete age 68. I had my other hip replaced in July 2020.

      My doctor said to wait 6 months before attempting to run again so I started walking, biking and swimming once the wound was healed. By 6 months I was walking up to 6 to 8 miles per day with some jogging steps as you described. When I started back I would run a minute and walk 5 minutes for 3 miles. I slowly built up over the next couple of months where I reversed that to 5/1 minutes. I then built that up over the next couple of months from 3 miles to 6. Once I got to 6 I started to run 2/3 miles steady with no walks.

      At two years from my first THR, my Dr x-rayed my hip and said it looked great. I had just completed a half marathon. I am using the same process with my second hip and am currently running 6 to 8 miles three to four times a week. I also swim 3 times per week and bike 4 x.

    • #20839
      TJ
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      Thanks for reply
      I had anterior surgery I don’t think I am or was quite the runner as most on this forum but I did run every day before arthritis overtook me.
      Have been told by dr I could start running at 6 months but just itching to do something more than walking and definitely outside in sunshine

    • #20840
      Almighty Bob
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      Definitely don’t rush into running, or you will only slow your recovery. The muscles need time to repair, and with an uncemented prosthetic, the bone needs time to grow into the implant. Last thing you want is the implant coming loose.

    • #20841
      TJ
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      Thanks Bob for advice. Yes -my concern is healing of the hip where bone has to grow around the titanium. Taking calcium and vitamin D and drinking milk. Definitely do not want to rush but have heard to let your hip be the guide or shall I say if any pain occurs then back off.

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