New member

Hi all – just signed up for membership due to my right hip receiving a Zimmer ceramic/poly THR on 2nd May 2017. I initially found this site in 2014 but decided I was ineligible due to having a left hip BHR (resurfacing) hence I have spent the last couple of years on The plan was to get the right BHR to match but during the op my femoral head broke off so I got (what I initially considered) second-best with the THR.

Having read more about the current technology, and particularly Mike Rix’s inspiring entry recently, I am now happier that my new hip will be able to do all I want, and even my surgeon is happy to agree! One benefit is that this time around I can weight-bear right from day 1 instead of having to be on 2 crutches for a couple of weeks, another is that I do not have to constantly worry about breaking my femoral head off while the bone remodels itself, my surgeon  did that for me already..

About me: 66 years old, I was a serious climber in the 70’s who drifted into running in the 80’s because my friends did and because marathons suddenly became popular events for regular folk. 5 road marathons, pb 2:54 in London ’89, then moved into longer events in the hills in the 90’s because road running hurt too much. Then family life took over, as well as studying for a degree, so running became less and less…

Fast forward to 2008 and I found myself seconded to an office where people went running at lunchtime so I joined in and was horrified at how unfit and out of touch I was. Worked at it for 6 months and started getting the confidence to enter races again, culminating in two decent half-marathons in 2009/10 just under 1:39 which were equivalent (in masters percentage) to my old pb of 1:23 set years before. Very pleased to get back to where I was but there was a price to pay in my hips and lower back, constant aching and stiffness. A PT said to stop running to save my hips, and get a bike to keep fit (which I did) but my wife had started running and parkrun 5k’s were something we could do together so I carried on running but stopped trying to train. This did nothing for my 5k pb, as you can imagine. Eventually I discovered the BHR and a surgeon prepared to fit it locally and a new chapter began in November 2014. Despite having to be careful I started with walking then walk/jog then gentle jogging at about 8 weeks then back to parkrun within 3 months.

90 parkruns later the right hip had had enough, another BHR was ordered and I find myself here!

So far so good with the THR, I set a 5k pb of 63 minutes yesterday without using my crutch and I now have enough ROM to pedal my static bike so I expect to be jogging again after my 6 week check up and climbing indoors soon after. Apparently there is little risk of dislocation with my 36mm ceramic ball, and I doubt I have enough years left to wear out the plastic, so I am looking forward to a decent autumn/fall of training then next spring chasing 5k pbs in earnest…

Thanks for having me, Tom!

Update at 8 weeks: Almost back to normal! Ran my local 5k parkrun in 31:50 just 5 weeks out of hospital, and two more since (down to 29:20 now) and had three good bike rides outdoors, last one was 30 miles at 17.5mph and very close to pre-op time. Also had 3 bouldering sessions and yesterday felt almost unimpeded by the repair. Saw my surgeon at 6 weeks who told me he fitted a full ceramic THR, not ceramic/poly as I had assumed, which made me feel even better – no chance that this will wear out in my time. Working on running style now, some treadmill work yesterday helped straighten out my stride, looking forward to another 5k improvement on Saturday.

3 thoughts on “New member

  1. Hey there! Welcome to the club! I believe you are the first one of us to have one hip resurfaced and the other replaced. Keep an eye out for questions regarding resurfacing vs THR. Your experience will provide good insight! You definitely could have joined in 2014. Anyone who overcomes hip issues and continues to run and/or stay active is welcome to join. Stay optimistic. I am looking forward to having you participate in this group!

  2. It’s anybody here cares much about his/hers life after 20+years past surgery? As a fellow runner who is going to have his THR soon I’m seriously considering​ to listen to doctor’s advice about running, or more exactly not running. I’ve been there before, with my hip joint damaged as a result of hip displesia since birth. It’s been a big no for me to do any significant​ running but I ignored it for a fun of it. I did it for 13 years, marathon and half marathon races, with a lot of help from anti inflammatory and pain medicine. It all came to a screeching end last year when I started to experience debilitating pain after my runs, with my medicine no longer being much. Do I want to do it all over, when I’m much older now? To be honest – I want to. Will I do it after the surgery? Highly unlikely since I don’t want to​ spend rest of my life in the wheel chair. I’m 57, not far off the guy who is 66 and think he won’t live past his THR expected life. He might get a big surprise when he’s past his 86…
    I’ll tell you the big secret – there is life and happiness outside 🏃. We can be fit and exercise doing a lot of other things.

    1. Igor, you are correct. There is life and happiness outside of running. We hip runners are the grand experiment. With the new hip technology, there are no guarantees. If we end mup sailing off over the edge of the world, so be it, but people want to know what the long term effects are on this new hip technology and we hip runners are forging the way. Good luck to you with your hip replacement. The absence of the hip pain will make you feel amazing.

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