2 weeks since surgery

I had full hip replacement  two weeks ago and have been coming to this site and for inspiration tips and any thoughts to help me get through this. The hip pain is gone now just dealing with sore muscles incision pain and a bit Of knee pain from all the limping.  I’m not a very patient person already I’m thinking about when I can start exercising again.  Previous to the surgery I was adamant that I would return to running  even though my surgeon says he doesn’t recommend it and my physical therapist is very much against it. now I just keep thinking about not hurting my new part  as I like to call it. I just wonder when I’ll get over that fear of dislocating it by moving the wrong way or hurting it   I know it’s only two weeks but I’d appreciate any thoughts for advice. From reading previous posts I see that I shouldn’t even think about doing anything for At minimum three months  which at this point seems like a lifetime.   What do you do in the meantime? I’m someone who was in the gym almost every day whether it was running boxing Bikram yoga or working out with a trainer.  I guess that’s what got me in this position in the first place at only 51 years old.

12 thoughts on “2 weeks since surgery

  1. Patience, you’ll be doing all that you want soon enough. I started running around 3 months post opp. It’s been 3 years now, and I’m active every day nearly, training mostly on bike, but feel I could run anytime I wanted. My running race pace has only slowed slightly as well. Having no pain in the hip is pretty cool!

  2. Patience is the key word and yes I see you are like myself, not a patient person!! Give yourself 12 weeks until you start running and in the meantime you can go walking to strengthen those muscles up. Although it’s a “get well” just remember those muscles have been pushed aside or cut through and your actual hip dislocated so that the new one can be put in.
    I have had both replaced and I now run most days although I’ve started dining classes this week which I’m finding hectic but I know they’ll strengthen the surrounding muscles because different muscles are now being used. Listen of your body don’t bend more than 90 degree angle and you’ll be fine.

  3. Hi Cara. I can sympathize. After my first hip (resurfacing Nov 2014) I started running at 9 weeks (5k) because I could and it did no harm. By the summer I was running 6 – 8 miles, albeit slowly, without pain. My other hip was given a ceramic THR on May 2nd and I jogged around a 5k at day 39, very slow but no damage. Repeated the process last week, a bit faster, and seem to be limping a bit more as a result. Not sure if I should run tomorrow. I’m pretty sure it is just the muscles healing and getting used to the different orientation of the joint (leg is now a fraction longer and my foot is straighter) but it is no fun running with a niggling pain even if it is not directly from the joint anymore. Also my physiotherapist says I am not running properly yet and need to shorten my stride and increase cadence.
    If I was to advise you it would be to wait before pushing yourself hard, give the healing process a bit longer even though it is frustrating – I think I should have waited a couple more weeks before running; biking, however, is no problem.
    Pete

  4. Hi there, I am 9 days post THR (left hip) and 18 months after my THR ( right hip)! I am trying to follow exactly what I did last time, as that process worked very well. I used cruthes for 6 weeks, but walked a lot. Could do 5km by 6 weeks post op. Built up further from there, but just walked and did general gym work for first 6 months. Then started running and built that up to 4min run/1min walk ratio. I have done many 10k, 15 k and even 7 x 21k races in the 18 months after my fisrt THR. My hips were both done by using the anterior approach, which causes quite quick recovery with little risk of dislocation.
    Let’s tackle this recovery together! I am working towards being back at parkrun in 5 weeks time! Good luck with your recovery!

  5. The others have said it well, take it slow give your body a chance to heal. I walked a lot to keep me from going crazy with no running. when I felt that walking several miles no longer gave me any discomfort I started running slowly and for short distances. Same for any stretching or Yoga. You will notice improvement almost on a daily basis, but again let your body and pain be you guide. you will get there!! Bill

  6. Hi! I agree — patience is the best — Wait quite a while before running again — I wanted 7 full months but when I started I felt confident and strong and trained for and completed a half marathon a few months later! I definitely hear you about going crazy not working out. Try and do upper body work as much as you can — walking is your best friend — it’s not the same as running I know but walk, walk, walk! I also became a fan of medicine ball workouts as I could throw one around, bounce it off the walls, lift and throw it down hard to the ground to get my heart pumping without running/hard activities on my legs. Good luck and keep us posted!!!

  7. Cara,

    You’ll be doing all of the things you used to do. In the GRAND scheme of things, 3 months is a drop in the ocean when it comes to your lifetime. Patience patience patience. In the meantime, pool running and stationary biking worked for me. Keep us posted on your progress!

  8. Yep, patience. But that doesn’t mean you do nothing. You can walk longer and longer distances. As soon as the wound is healed, you can get in the pool. When will your doc let you ride a stationary bike? Use an elliptical machine? Find out what you can do and go for it.

    I couldn’t run until six months out and even then followed a very gradual couch to 5K program to build back up. For the most part my body has cooperated; I did have to take some time off when my IT band hurt.

  9. I had the total hip replacement about 14 weeks ago. I am 88 years old and had nothing wrong with my hip but I fell heavily onto concrete. This was the morning before I was to take part and 100 km cycle race. Once I got up I had a pain in my groin which I thought was a pulled muscle or ligament. I travel to the start of the race with my daughter and son-in-law and decided to participate in the race if I felt alright in the morning. I completed the race without too much pain but took a long time over it. Two days later I was walking in the paddock above my house when my leg gave way. I managed to crawl back to the house and called the ambulance. The following day I had a total hip replacement.

    In 2015 I was world duathlon champion for my age group 85 to 89. My training partner of 20 years ago has just written to me and asked if I am going to do any more duathlons. So this has made me think about it and that is how I got to this site which means if I do try again I will be almost 90 years old. I’m already cycling quite well.I’m you’re not worried about my hip wearing out.

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