Thank You For Giving Me Hope

This group has given me the hope back that I was quickly losing. Thank you for allowing me to join!! On 12/1/24 I had to undergo emergency surgery…my right femur broke and separated into two pieces. I thought I was tough but this was a new level of pain. My surgeon was wonderful. I had never met him until right before the surgery and in spite of it being extremely urgent that he get my surgery under way–he listened carefully as I begged him to understand that I was an athlete — that I had qualified to go to Ironman World Championships in France in 2024; that I did not want to lose my life; that I wanted to run again. I really had no say over my surgery — but he heard me. He performed a lateral anterior total hip replacement on my hip. (I am sorry if this is too much detail, but I feel like I have PTSD at times.)

With all the above background, around week 5 post-surgery I was losing hope about running again (I was starting to believe what some folks were telling me “it just would not be possible”) until I read an article about a runner completing a marathon post hip replacement and he referenced this group. I was ecstatic!!! I realized that there are other folks out there who have walked my path to recovery. I am so grateful.

Now fast forward to week 10 post-surgery and my surgeon has confirmed that I can resume my activities as my body allows. He has reassured me that it is possible. It is truly wonderful to know that there is a community out there who really understands and supports each other and who run again!!!

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      This group has given me the hope back that I was quickly losing. Thank you for allowing me to join!! On 12/1/24 I had to undergo emergency surgery…m
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    • #20848

      thanks for your truly inspiring story. I had my surgery 11/28 just two days prior to yours. I too have been inspired by this blog/forum and have been given hope as well. I can’t wait to get on it at the end of day and thank you Tom for starting it. Unlike you -my surgeon told me no running but after pressing him he said maybe in a year-then he said 6 months- after I mentioned this website and the absolute need to run. I think you have to be a runner to understand that when that may be taken away that depression sets in and thoughts of-what now? Good luck on your recovery and I think the comment-let your body be your guide is good advice.

    • #20849

      To some extent it depends on what kind of device you have received, but for me with an uncemented ceramic/ceramic Zimmer THR I worked up to running 5k steadily by 6 weeks post-op, aged 66. My surgeon supported me and the physical therapy leading up to this included jogging on a treadmill and long steady walks. This hip is nearly 7 years old and has run in the hills, half-marathons and 5k parkruns. It feels perfectly normal. My sister-in-law has a cemented Exeter device and was told that running was not allowed, so she has not run at all and I would not encourage her to try – the cement they use remains slightly compliant to avoid thigh pain. This is a successful UK device but probably not used anywhere else, and should be avoided by the running community.

    • #20853

      Great story of inspiration Rhon!
      I am back to running 5 and 10k’s FASTER than I did in the couple years prior to my hip replacement so getting faster and building endurance is absolutely in the cards! Note, I am 52 years old!

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