JimB — Hip Replacement Forthcoming

  1. Dear Hiprunner….


I’m Jim Batson and looking for an orthopedic who performs hip replacement surgery on runners. Below is my background:


I am a 55 year old runner that started the sport in my 20’s. Over the years I have increased my race distances to 15K and higher so my training reflects that type of mileage. Over the last 10-years I have completed 27 marathons, qualifying for Boston 8 of those years. I am also a triathlete, but running is my passion. I would refer to myself as very competitive and very active. For years I have experienced “range-of-motion” problems with my left hip with no noticeable pain. Three weeks ago, following a normal 4-miler, I experienced so much pain in my left hip I could not walk. I do not recall any acute event like a fall, trip, pop, etc. The pain improves at times over the last three weeks, but is always there. Anti-inflammatories are helping. Activity worsens the pain.


After x-rays my local orthopedic diagnosed me with “Femoroacetabular Impingement” or “FAI”. Two orthopedics informed me that hip replacement surgery will change my life and I will no longer be allowed to run. Giving up running seems to be the consensus after visiting two orthopedics (in south Louisiana) and other folks I know that have had hip replacement surgery. I lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area for 10-years and discovered, through contacts there, that there are groups that treat runners. I have been told by them that there are hip replacement cases where individuals continue to run “post-surgery.”


I found hiprunner and now have hope that there are doctors that perform hip replacement surgery and work with runners. From what I have read, many of you are running post-surgery! Any comments or recommendations that will help me find orthopedic groups/doctors that perform hip replacement surgery on runners, and continue to work with them to get them back on-the-road, is greatly appreciated.


Thanks in advance for any comments and allowing me to become a member!!!

13 thoughts on “JimB — Hip Replacement Forthcoming

  1. Hello Jim,and welcome to hiprunners🏃,i live in Sweden and iam a double hippie,my first thr was done 24/10-16 and the second 7/9-17,i run Budapest maraton 15/10 38 days after hip replacement,my orthopedic is famous in Sweden and works on a small hospital and they do most thr in all Skandinavia. Have done four ultramaratons and one maraton after my thr. New life begins after thr no pain no stiffness not even after 60K,hope you find a skilled orthopedic in USA,if you want i can send you the brand of my prothesis.
    Best regards Anders Jelander.
    PS i did a new world record in Budapest maraton,nobody have done a maraton 38 days after thr😁

    1. Anders — Thanks!!! Very encouraging. Please send the brand of prosthesis. I will continue to make update posts as this will be a journey.

      BTW… what was your time?? Ha-Ha

      Thanks again.

    2. Anders-I am very interested in the type of prothesis you have. I am an ultra runner facing hip replacement and am devastated to think my running days are over

  2. Good morning yo you.
    I have had both my hips replaced. One in 2012 and the other in 2014. I’m 66 years old & I’m an ultra marathon runner mainly, but these days I stick to the shorter distances up to 21km as advised by my orthopaedic surgeon. I run most days between 8-10 kms and do a longer one on the weekends. I found this article a while ago read it and never looked back. As a doctor friend of mine who also runs said, I’d rather wear out than rust out!! 😂 life is too short to not do what you love. At our age I doubt very much whether they’ve actually had a runner with a thr who has had problems with the prosthesis caused by running!.
    Good luck and keep us posted.

    Hip replacement surgery is one of the most effective means of restoring mobility and reducing the pain caused by osteoarthritis. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, about 500,000 hip replacement surgeries are performed every year in the Untied States. Following a joint replacement surgery, those who have been runners in the past can continue with their chosen sport after a period of rehabilitation to build up to the high-impact activity. The American College of Sports Medicine reports that only experienced runners should undertake the sport following a hip replacement; it is not a post-surgical activity recommended for beginners or new runners.

  3. Thanks Felicity… you’re very encouraging!! I am still looking for the right Orthoprdist and prosthetic. I want to make sure it’s as good as possible as I too would rather wear out then rust out… Life is too short!

    Thanks again!

  4. Hey Jim. I am happy that you found this site. You can see for yourself now that running after hip replacement is very possible. If I had to guess I would say that it is in the doctor’s best interests to say no to running after THR. But it is not in the best interests of patients who include running as a natural part of their daily/weekly routine. No matter what, you are going to run post THR. It isn’t the end of the world if you go with a good doctor who is against it, but it will be a whole lot easier for your state of mind if you find a doctor who is on board. My doc didn’t exactly say yes….he basically told me that I would become my own experiment. 6 years later, I am still experimenting. 🙂

  5. Hi,
    Let me ask the question: Is there any science that shows a person has worn out a hip replacement from running? My doc said that he could not recommend running. I asked what his previous athletic patients did. He said tennis players, soccer players, skiers, extreme skiers. So, I decided not to take him literally. And here I am, 16 months out from THR and two weeks after 55K’s on the Arizona Trail.
    Move forward. Get a new hip and if you do wear it out, get another one.
    Good luck,

  6. My surgeon said I can run post right thr (after 3months and assuming the bone has “grown in” to the implants ). He has many patients who are triathletes and runners, and he’s an athlete himself. I had posterior approach piriformis sparing on Nov 2nd. I was out of hospital next day, nothing stronger than Tylenol post op. So far so good, walking up to 3.5 miles a day with some muscular aches but not the grinding and sharp pain I used to have. I’ll let everyone know how I get on when I can hopefully get back to running!

  7. Dr. Andy Engh’s newletter states that todays prosthetics are designed so that your cells can grow into them. He and his father are some of the pioneers in this field. You can certainly run before 4 months, but that might impede the synergy, which would hurt you in the long run (pun intended). Eventually, there will be stories of athletes who came back too fast because they felt so good; don’t be that guy.

  8. Hi, Jim!

    I’m am a 40 year old modest runner (4-6 mile runs, longest run about 15 miles). I have been unable to run for the last 18 months or so, not due to pain, but because my mobility seemed limited: I couldn’t/can’t kick my legs out far/wide enough to find a comfortable stride. Before this, I noticed that my flexibility had become terrible. Before I realized that I may need to consult a doctor, I religiously did youtube stretching videos to try to get closer to being able to do the splits, and my splits flexibility only got worse. My “splits” are only about 90 degrees now.

    It took me a while to figure out that this is hip related. (I had a right knee ACL replacement in high school and have been a runner ever since, so I just assumed that maybe it was my knee acting up. Knee is just fine.) MRIs showed that I have a severely arthritic left hip (due to a femur bone that perhaps never developed correctly in childhood), and I have an FAI-CAM diagnosis in my right hip.

    I am scheduled for a left THR this month. I made the decision to have surgery before my hip became painful. My flexibility was so limited that surgery seemed worth it to improve my activity level. Since July, though, my hips have begun to hurt and at times I limp after a long walk.

    Doc #1 stated that historically, surgeons recommended against running after THR, but that the hardware they use now is quite durable and lasts. (As a disclaimer, he stated that in general, there were several other activities he recommend to patients before/instead of running.) That doc only did posterior approach THR. Today I met with Doc #2, who does anterior approach. I am more inclined to do anterior approach surgery, even though the surgery will be postponed due to scheduling. Doc #2 just asked, “Do you plan to run after surgery?” and I said, “Yes,” and that was that 🙂

    Doc #2 stated that surgery may or may not be required on right hip, as second hip may improve with left hip THR.

    I would not be discouraged. This site and its members are very helpful! I am having my surgery performed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Neither surgeon I met works exclusively with runners, but each does 300+ total hip replacements per year and both were confident in a complete recovery.

    1. Thanks Kelly… Your story is similar to mine. Only now after seeing three orthopedics I now understand what I thought was muscular (piriformis syndrome). Only this summer did I begin to feel slight pain.

      I have been through three orthos now. The third, which has treated runners, involved flying to Dallas and finding out he only performed the posterior approach. I am now researching the SuperPATH method. Any comments on this relatively new method is appreciated.

      Thanks for the reply and encouragement! Good luck!

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