Post THR Surgery Running

I found HipRunner just before my surgery in August and thankful to this community for all the positive stories, vibes, and dedication to being active post THR. It was really helpful leading up to the decision for surgery and the surgery itself. I have a couple of questions: 1) I had my surgery in August 2023. I thought I would start slowly with running about 6 months post, but now a bit turned around with stuff I have read and surgeon (middle of the road conservative I would say) input. I am trying to figure out if waiting until 8 months or even a year to start will help with the long-term durability of components because of more time for bone growth etc. I LOVE running and can’t wait to get back, but have been walking a lot, riding a stationary bike and now getting on my regular bike too. I am wondering how people have made their choice for how long to wait and/or any resources that folks can point to; 2) I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I was interested in finding a potential running partner with the same timing/arc of THR recovery. I am in the Boston area. Is HipRunner a place to try and connect for this? I couldn’t tell from looking around. Thank you.

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    • #20786
      Dan
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      I found HipRunner just before my surgery in August and thankful to this community for all the positive stories, vibes, and dedication to being active
      [See the full post at: Post THR Surgery Running]

    • #20792
      OB
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      Hi Dan – congratulations on your new Hip.

      I don’t live in your area but if you are a Strava user you could join the hip runner Strava group and ask if anyone lives in your area.

      I have both my hips replaced. The first one in 2020 and the second one at the end of last February. I ran 2500 miles between surgeries and when the doctor X-rayed my first hip at two years, it showed zero wear.

      My doctor told me they recommend not running for 6 to 12 months following replacement. He does and I had posterior surgery. When I asked why the waiting period he told me it is to let the tendons and muscles heal. They split the glutes and reattach the periformace tendon during surgery. He told me the titanium rod is healed into the bone by 6 to 8 weeks. Also he said it depends on what you were doing prior to the surgery. If you weren’t a runner or had a long break, they want you to hold off for 12 months before putting stress on that area.

      He also told me I wouldn’t wear out my new hip….I was 65 for the first one and 67 for the second. For background I have been running since I was 16 and have run over 135,000 miles with 100 marathons and many triathlons.

      I started doing short jogs during my walks at 4 months and started to actually do 5 minute/1 minute run/walks at 6 months working up to a half marathon at 18 months. My doctor said let pain be my guide….if my periformace starts to hurt back off.

      I am following the same routine with my 2nd hip and am now 10 months post op. I did do a sprint triathlon with a 5k run/walk at 6 months this time and plan to do a half marathon at 12 months.

      For resources there is always YouTube “talking with the docs”. I also found an explanation about the materials used in todays THRs on YouTube explaining the cross lined poly used in the socket that has greatly increased wear.

      I am not a doctor but following his plan of waiting 8 months may be a good idea for your circumstances, but maybe with my experience and some research on wear of replacements you can ask him a few more questions regarding your situation.

    • #20794
      Dan
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      Hello OB, Thanks for the helpful feedback.

    • #20795
      seanm
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      Hi Dan,

      I am in the Boston area and am having my THR surgery next Friday (!!). You’re a bit ahead of me, but I would be interested in sharing progress and/or meeting up for a run sometime in the future. I’ll try to post updates on my progress and my hopeful return to running!

    • #20842
      Dan
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      Hello Sean. Just seeing your post. I hope your surgery went well and you are working your way back! Sharing progress and some running down the road sounds great.

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