Two week post op check up

For all the fear and terror I associated with THR, I’m glad to report thus far it was a paper tiger.

Surgery went great.

I was on my feet, using the walker hours after surgery.

The next day in hospital PT  suggested I give the stairs a shot and was able to handle that too.

I was given very strict instruction not to do anything strenuous that might interfere with the bone healing into implant, so for two weeks I focused on taking it easy.

Two week check up was told to forgo all physical therapy and concentrate on walking limp free. Again focusing on listening to my body and not overdoing it. Also told I could reintroduce very light weight lifting on machines for high reps, obviously nothing that might involve the hip.

Tuesday I walked with a cane for a mile and half.

Yesterday was able to do just under 4.

Prior to hip diagnosis my fitness goals included qualifying for Boston and completing a full iron distance tri.

I was terrified I would never be able to run again.

It’s been a little over two weeks and I know I will run again.

I might have to adjust my goals, but my pain is gone.

With no pain, hope blossoms and I can feel my competitive spirit return.

I’m told nothing strenuous for three months, and I will obey.

I’m looking for a 5k in January !

4 thoughts on “Two week post op check up

  1. Woohoo! Congrats! The first 2 weeks are the roughest, IMHO. Worst part about the surgery for me was the awful nausea I had on waking up, because I didn’t know I’d be so ill; I didn’t ask for anything beforehand. Anyway, good for you! I’m at week 10 and was just cleared to do an overnight backcountry backpacking trip, 25-30# pack, 20 miles RT, this weekend. Very very excited. I did PT until week 9 and also started going to the gym 3x/week. That has made a big difference. Mostly I do various squats and lunges. Holding off on running for now, but will ask in December. Have been cleared to start skiing when the snow flies around here. Congrats again — the future is bright! And being pain free, finally — is it the gift of a lifetime or what? Cheers!

  2. Congrats Igo! Your enthusiasm and optimism is contagious! 3 Months was my wait as well! Remember that old pain. There will be a little pain as you start up. The hip takes months and months to fully heal. Don’t let it derail you. It will be NOTHING like the old pain…and eventually….when the hip is fully healed….the pain will go away!

  3. Good for you! Isn’t that return of hope and confidence just great? I echo Tom’s words – take it gently, allow the healing, build up slowly – and keep looking forward. Each week is a week in the right direction – and yes, you WILL run again – how wonderful is that?
    Kate

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