Hello, my name is John and I’m a runner….

Hello fellow implantees (is that a word?)

Basic stuff first.

Male, 53, runner/orienteer, THR right hip, 2nd Aug ’21, anterior, Ceramic on Polyethelene, uncemented…

Always “sporty” but have a tired (and doubly operated) right knee, which probably exposed the hip over the many years of sporting abuse I dished out on my limbs….

I suffered for about 5 years, until this January (21) I physically could not take a running step without pain any longer

Degradation was slow, range of moment reduced, muscles weakened, pain set in.  In the end a simple x-ray confirmed the finality of the situation…

Operation.  Very experianced Surgeon (~100 replacements a year).  Not a fan of running post replacement (I did not seek his opinion on this — I just stated the fact that I would run again).  Spinal anaesthetic, so quick recovery, although due to complications had to spend 4 nights in hospital.

Recovery has been amazing.  Way less pain than I had expected, daily noticable improvement.

Spent 4 weeks on 2 crutches, 2 more weeks on 1 crutch and now crutch free for a week.

Messed up with physio, so a little behind on recovery, but feeling better every day (and I have a great physio now)

Managed a 3.5 mile orienteering course last Saturday, so a lovely brisk walk in parkland, with a walking pole in case I tired.

I have no plans about when and if I will run again (I will) but my plan is simple.

I want to orienteer once or twice a week.  That’s the only running I want to do.  The rest of my exercising will be in the gym, strenghtening, classes, swimming and cycling (indoor and out).  Hope that will get me strong enough to protect the implant as well as possible.

Its been great to read so many varied stories here, gives me great hope for the future!




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      Hello fellow implantees (is that a word?) Basic stuff first. Male, 53, runner/orienteer, THR right hip, 2nd Aug ’21, anterior, Ceramic on Polyethelene
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      Hi John

      I am a little way behind you (3 weeks post-op) and look forward to hearing about your progress. I also intend to prioritise swimming and (static) cycling alongside the walking and won’t think about running until I feel I am back to full strength, but we will get there.

      • #19838

        Hi Janice,
        I’m at 8 weeks post op now. Still walk with a little limp, but when I think about it I can try and stop the limp (old habits I suppose)
        I’m strengthening the hip muscles well, and it seems to get better every day.
        I try and walk every day, around the half hour mark.
        I’m seeing the physio tomorrow, so I expect a new set of strengthening exercises and will allow me to try some more vigourous workouts in the gym or even the pool…

        As you are 3 weeks post op, I expect you’ll be seeing your physio soon, or youve seen them already?


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          I have a follow up with a physio tomorrow. I am also getting a lot of help from the personal trainer who I have worked with for a number of years, who probably should take the credit for getting me to surgery in a reasonably together state.

          • #19843

            Saw my physio yesterday, he was happy with progress. Gave me differrent exercises and freed me to use the gym (rowing, cycling and eliptical). How was your physio? How’s the hip?

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