Following reading the e-mails from many of you I am after some much sought advice.
As a bit of background;-
I got diagnosed with arthritis in the hip 3 years ago. I am / was a keen runner. My interest was largely Parkrun (5k) and 10k races. I did my last half marathon nearly 3 years ago.
Since being diagnosed my left hip got steadily worse and my mileage reduced as the pain increased, leading me to run less than a couple of miles at a time 12 months ago. I finally relented and went private in the UK (got fed up waiting for the NHS…still waiting now) and bit the bullet and had a left THR (posterior approach) in January 2021.
The operation itself has been very successful and I am pain free!
My surgeon advised me at the time my running days were over and I should look for an alternative…..which I have tried.
I have done all the necessary physio, walked up to 10 miles, swam etc. – however if I am honest nothing has really grabbed me. Also as time has gone by, I feel like I can run and I am contemplating making contact with my surgeon again – to ask him the same question “can I run?”.
However I am sure I will have the same answer!
The main reasons for e-mailing on “hiprunner” is that I don’t feel I asked the surgeon the appropriate questions at the time:-
- Was cement used and if so can you run with a cement used mechanism? (I don’t think it was?)
- What make of mechanism did you use – can you run with this mechanism?
- Is it just a case if I run – the mechanism / could / would wear out?
- Can you run after having the posterior THR?
I am a 53 year old male and would like to run 10k’s and 5k’s in the future, so nothing too demanding.
My right hip is now slightly pinching but no way as bad as my left hip. However I do envisage having to have right THR in the future and realise if I start running again then this will only speed up this process.
Answers to my questions will be greatly appreciated, plus any further advice on my situation, like do you know of anyone who has had a THR and has worn out the mechanism as a consequence of running after having the operation?