How long did pain take to go away?

Hello all. Had my THR with a leg length increase on April 13th. The stretching of the muscles and ligaments added a bit of recovery work. How long should I expect to have pain in my hip before I am finally pain free. That was the primary driving force for getting this done in the first place.

10 thoughts on “How long did pain take to go away?

  1. Hello,i did my THR 24/10-16 and i was painfree after 5days. Run 20k after five weeks and did my first ultra after five months. Hope you will recover fast. My tip for rehab is walking ,walking and walking.

  2. I had the same with a posterior approach on 3/24. I think I was finally really pain free a few days ago. I think 8 week mark for me.

  3. I had anterior approach THR down in October. Arthritis pain was gone when I awoke from surgery. Surgical pain was gone almost completely in two months. I still have some soft tissue irritation but I’m also doing a ton of training. Last check up, doctor reassured me hip is totally healed. The soft tissue and nerves take time.

  4. right hip 01/09 and left hip 02/13.
    i still have substantial pain in the left – following up with my surgeon in 2 days for the ‘umpteenth’ time…
    frustrated is putting it mildly!
    i’m 37, I am a mom of two small children and have had to stop working full time (now part time) as the pain is too much.

    1. Wow Jenna. I am really (REALLY) surprised that you are still experiencing pain in your right hip after 4 years. That just doesn’t seem right. Have you looked into a different surgeon?

      Tom.

  5. I also had THR in October last year. It’s taken until now I think to be completely pain free and able to run shortish distances.

  6. I am with Jenny. Doc told me I couldn’t run for 3 months. But it still felt a bit painful (and awkward) when I started. Give it time, everyone is a little different. Stay optimistic. You’ll see improvement each day.

  7. My surgery was last August. Arthritis pain gone immediately. Surgical pain was gone in about a month, it was mostly muscle soreness from the anterior procedure. Did lots of walking and 6 weeks PT to undo goofy walking habits, very easy yoga, more walking on easy ground. Rough ground, backpack Andy more elevation change at 8 weeks. Did not resume running until 6 months. Am up to 20 miles per week, all on trail. Still feel sore on occasion but I just back off a little. Pretty much healed but doc says really, it’s 18 months for complete healing for an active person. I’m 50 and was in decent shape before surgery. Everyone heals differently, I pay a lot of attention and adjust accordingly. It’s a major surgery and healing takes time. Patience and good luck!

  8. My surgery was last August. Arthritis pain gone immediately. Surgical pain was gone in about a month, it was mostly muscle soreness from the anterior procedure. Did lots of walking and 6 weeks PT to undo goofy walking habits, very easy yoga, more walking on easy ground. Rough ground, backpack and more elevation change at 8 weeks. Did not resume running until 6 months. Am up to 20 miles per week, all on trail. Still feel sore on occasion but I just back off a little. Pretty much healed but doc says really, it’s 18 months for complete healing for an active person. I’m 50 and was in decent shape before surgery. Everyone heals differently, I pay a lot of attention and adjust accordingly. It’s a major surgery and healing takes time. Patience and good luck!

  9. Thanks for all the replies. I was getting a bit discouraged but I had a really good week. Physio pushed me a bit with squats yesterday and I am in a bit of pain today, but having gone for 8 days with relatively little pain, I am optimistic now that I will eventually get to a nearly pain free life. I lived with moderate to severe pain even with narcotics for 17 years so I feared that I would still be like that. My eight day stretch without pain was like being in heaven. I am biking 20 k a day. Walking 6 k. Don’t want to push my luck and ruin a good thing.

    Jenny, I will say a little prayer for you whenever I still have pain. And I pray you find a solution. Anyone who has lived with pain daily knows how horrible that can be. I pray you find the relief that I finally found.

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