Two weeks Post Surgery

Well folks the two week post op timeline has come and gone with great news and progress. I’m able to walk around crutch free, though I still use the crutches outside for stability since we are buried in snow. Getting up and down the stairs is still a real challenge since I’ve lost so much strength in my quad, I tried to walk up the stairs unaided and after the third step I thought my leg was going to fold under me. My PT is really happy with my mobility and hip flexion AROM. I’m pain free for the first time in two and a half years, though I am still very tight and sore from the surgery, but surgery sore is so much better that injury pain! I am still doing my isometrics three times a day and yesterday I was cleared to go for short walks (less than a mile) on non PT days. We are very careful up here since there is no clean place to walk, this is interior Alaska and we are buried in snow, the roads are icy and the trails are uneven and very soft for this type of rehab, but perfect for cross country skiing! God I miss skiing already! I’m packing the hip in ice after every PT appointment and after my walks to help reduce the inflammation, not to mention it just feels really good! Yesterday at my PT we removed the bandages and inspected the incision. It looked amazing, healing really well and no sign of infection, yay! Moving on!

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      Well folks the two week post op timeline has come and gone with great news and progress. I’m able to walk around crutch free, though I still use the c
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      Hey fantastic news and good to hear! Yes your outdoor situation is a lot more challenging with the conditions; I am blessed to be in Florida winter which is ideal and perfect to be outside!
      Keep it up… Step-by-step, process by process and listen to your body above all!

    • #19462

      Hi Chris,
      I am now 5 months post op and am doing everything I normally did, including dog mushing. I signed up for trail half marathon in Duluth, Minnesota on about one year post op, and began training for it, planning to hike fast 3/4 of it, jogging the flat sections…which is perhaps 3 1/2 to 4 miles all together. Starting tossing in 8 to 10 jog revolutions every 5 minutes on my fast walks on the Dunbar trail, and to my delight IT FELT GREAT. I am now looking forward to my “runs,” though I don’t plan to increase but a few more revolutions a week until 6 months and then will hold back this first year, jogging no more than 1/4 of the time on training runs. Suggestions for walking with a cane and beyond in Fairbanks might be downtown walking trail along the Chena River and when your balance is good, the Dunbar does get packed, as you know. Use creepers for sure though. You don’t want to wipe out on ice, not yet.

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      Hey Chris,

      I was just watching you YouTube video #10. Thanks for posting these – they really help me get my head around what to expect.

      I was scheduled to have my THR on March 18 but decided to wait as I feel like I have a few more miles left in me. Hoping to wait until November when I turn 51. At this point its been almost 5 1/2 years since I was first diagnosed. By the statistics I’m an outlier when it comes to THR.

      Like you I am/was an ultra trail runner. I think that’s why I can empathize with where you’re at during this recovery. I worry about trying not to overdo it too fast. I do think there is some great advice here about taking time. Kathryn makes a strong point for a very slow build up using the run/walk method. I know it doesn’t sound as good as running but believe me it works. In the 5 1/2 years I’ve had 2 other surgeries that set me back for months at a time. An appendectomy and a sports hernia – the sports hernia sucked! Anyway, what I learned during those recovery periods is that the whole run/walk thing actually works. You can still cover quite a bit of ground without re-injury. I also bike and swim to allow for inflammation to reside . . .then again, I am also playing the waiting game on THR.

      From all my research concerning THR and a slew of discussions with Docs here in Minneapolis you want to allow time for the stem to fuse with your femur. Most of these docs were pushing for at least 6 months before a return to running. I guess you’ll know when it feels right.

      Keep up the good work and you’ll be running/skiing/whatever in a few months.

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