Looking for advice

Hello, I am new to this site.  I was looking up information on hip replacements and came across this site.  I am a 29 year old from Iowa and ran cross country in college.  In high school I never took the sport very serious because I just used it to get in shape for wrestling, but I was offered a scholarship to do it in college and decided to take it.  I thought I had always had this problem in my groin and started going to the doctor when I was 16 for it.  I was always told it must be a groin strain, ice and ibuprofen.  I never had any flexibility and thought that’s just the way I am.  I started to coach high school wrestling 5 years ago and I noticed how much pain my groin was in.  I had been to the doctor 3 times for my groin at this point in my life and every time I got the same answer.  When I was 27 I had a doctor check my hips and we did an X-Ray.  He called me later that day to let me know I have advanced arthritis in my left hip and moderate in my right.  I went to a surgeon in my town who thought I was going to be a 70 year old man when I walked in after he look at my x-ray and he told me he can only do a full hip replacement.  I have bone spurs, my femoral head is far from a perfect sphere,  torn labrum, and I have no cartilage left, all just in my left hip.  I ended up going to a different doctor who did arthroscopic surgery on me for 4 hours and the pain is worse now.  I am at the point that I am going to go through with the replacement.  I am worried since I am young that I will never be able to do anything again.  I would like to run a marathon but there is no way I can do it with how I feel now, as some days I can barely walk.  Is a marathon something that is possible for me to do with a hip replacement and possibly somewhat compete in?  I don’t want to do it just to say I did it, I want to be able to run hard.  My thinking is to do whatever I want with my first hip replacement and then take it more easy after that.  Assuming I am going to have more than just one.  I feel like the next years of my life are going to be wasted because I will not be able to do things that define who I am.  Thank you for any advice.

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    • #10849

      Hello, I am new to this site.  I was looking up information on hip replacements and came across this site.  I am a 29 year old from Iowa and ran cross
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    • #10850
      Michael Rix

      Furlong Evolution ceramic on ceramic un cemented. My surgeon chose this as he knew that I wanted to get back to sport and have a ‘hip for life’. I’m actually performing better than before the op. Worked for me so that’d be my advice. Good luck

    • #10851
      Dave Whiteside

      Hi Justin,
      There’s no guarantees but there’s no reason why you can’t be competitive. I have the same mindset as you, do what I can with my first hip and if it needs to be replaced again worry about that then. I wasn’t a runner before my THR and started after, my first and only competitive marathon was 3:19, 18 months I was training for another and was hoping to come in around 3:05 before I was injured and had to cancel it. I’ve ran several ultra’s and would run a marathon every other weekend as part of that training. I’ve been competitive in distances from 5K, half marathon all the way up to the ultra’s. Sure I’ve had a few setbacks, I didn’t use to listen to my body, but if your smart there’s no reason why you can’t be great. As part of you training I would suggest you incorporate biking and swimming, in addition to yoga and strength training. For the last 2 years I’ve ran 2,000 miles each year but I think that is pushing it to much and I would recommend you do no more than 1,200 to 1,500. Eat healthy, have massages and be prepared to ice and rest.
      Good luck,

    • #10853
      Chris marino

      I am 52. Have 25 marathons, 2 iron mans and hundreds of tris and races. To many yo count. I have had a bad hip since 2010 when I tore my labrum Then in 2012 I broke me femur on the same hip. I lived and raced with excruciating pain for 6 years thinking I needed to hold off and go as lining as I could as all yipu read said wait. Only two hips etc. and I will not stop running. I Researched every option and surgeon and went to see all the best in thr and hip resurface. I’ll save you years of research and thousands of dollars. Resurface is the one. And dr Edwin Su at hospital for special survgery is the best in the world. I had the surgery 12 22 16 and the pain was gone that day. 3 days later I wa on a spin bike. It’s 4 months now and I am stronger than ever and in 2 months I am racing again. De Su fully supports running again with no limits once you have his blessing. My only regret is that I waited to long. Call and make an appointment. It will change you life. It did for me. Call me if you want to talk. 917 716 5132. Chris

    • #10854
      Hip Brother Tom

      Justin. The bottom line is you have no mobility right now. A hip replacement will give that back to you. Out of the gate you won’t be able to run marathons but it will be possible. Give yourself time to heal and you will be amazed at what you will be able to do. Dave is the perfect example of what can be achieved after having a hip replacement.

    • #10855

      Justin – I felt almost exactly like you did. I was terrified of the idea of surgery and paralyzed with fear. I went from being very competitive in everything ( at least in my mind) to almost completely immobile. My quality of life was terrible and pain was constant. I delayed surgery for over a year and exhausted every non surgical option. Nothing worked and I finally got to the point THR was
      the only logical choice. Constant pain, my life sucked. I wish I had done it sooner. This site was / is a amazing source of hope and inspiration. Real life people who are reclaiming their active lives after THR.
      Find a great surgeon, choose the surgical approach you’re most comfortable with and get it done. The sooner it’s behind you, the sooner it’s behind you. My THR was 6 months ago and I’m in better shape now then ever. You can do it!

    • #10856

      Thanks to everyone who has responded to me. You all make me feel more at ease about going through with this. I have to meet a surgeon about my shoulder in a month and I am hopefully going to get that fixed first. Then my plan is to have my hip replaced after this coming wrestling season, so it won’t be until the end of February in 2018. Good luck to everyone and thank you!

    • #10858

      What everyone said. I was crushed to get an OA diagnosis at 46; for you it must have been even tougher. OA is for old people right? It’s nothing you did wrong–most likely genetics and geometry. Start small and don’t worry about marathons; as Tom said, clearly that and most everything else is off the table at this point. You reach a stage–I think all of us did–where you decide you can’t live with the pain any longer, you take the plunge, go for the surgery and in all likelihood get your life back. Best of luck to you. You can do this!

    • #10860

      Did my first ultra this Saturday since THR 24/10-16 47km it was a trailultra and very bad weather with snow and rain and mud,it was fun all the way to finishline,my advice to you is do the operation as soon you can you will never regret it,my new life started when i woke up after surgery/Anders.

    • #10861

      I am 45 and headed for my THR on Monday so I can’t give any advice except I know exactly how you feel. I got the diagnosis of OA and the need for a replacement six months ago and was devastated. I am a figure skating coach and have skated for 42 years – it’s probably a big reason for the situation I am in since the OA is in my “landing” hip. I have also run 5 marathons but gave up running a two years ago after finishing a marathon with severe hip pain – thought it was just a tight hip flexor/pulled groin muscle. I have gained almost 10 lbs. in the last year due to lack of exercise since I just don’t have the energy to deal with the pain. That being said, I am really looking forward to getting my pain-free life back and getting into great shape after recovery. Everyone says to do the surgery, I mean EVERYONE – including the many I have spoken with who have had it. Good luck, Justin, maybe I’ll jump back on this site post-surgery to give you some real experienced advice! Thank you to everyone who has given those of us surgery virgins inspiration, it makes me confident that I am making the right decision.

    • #10862

      Thank you all for making me feel better. I had leukemia in 2004 and missed out on a few years of my life with bone marrow transplants and other complications and after I recovered began running. It helped with my recovery both mentally and physically. I am a slow only 5k runner but it is important to me since I used to be so sick. I was told I need a thr but I have been battling through the pain because my dr. said I shouldn’t run afterwards and I don’t want to give it up. Plus I don’t want to be a burden again on my family. It is getting worse to the point of not being able to run. Reading all your posts saying that running is possible afterwards is giving me hope, Thank you.

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