Anyone have an X ray to show wear?

I had a THR over 4 years ago and stopped running because I was told I had to. I walked 3-5 miles a day instead but really wanted very badly to run.Last year I started to jog slowly for 3-4 miles at a time a couple of times a week and have felt really good. I am watching my weight and my pace to keep the impact to a minimum. I did not have a follow up exam for the first 3 years after the THR and finally saw my surgeon last year. He didn’t do anything but talk to me. I am wondering if any of you have had your surgeons X ray your hip to see how the sleeve is wearing. My surgeon told me he only used the titanium with a poly sleeve, so I had to go with that if he did the surgery and confessed they really don’t know how long they will last. I want to ask for an x ray to allay my fears of doing damage to the bone or the sleeve.


4 thoughts on “Anyone have an X ray to show wear?

  1. Hi Nancy – I don’t believe there is any way to detect wear with an X-ray, merely that the components are still sited where they were installed. I have a metal-on-metal BHR and there is a blood test which can detect chromium and cobalt ions and this will warn of excessive wear taking place (none in my case, at 3 years) but I cannot believe polythene debris would be detected in a blood test. Cross-linked polythene has a really good life nowadays, carry on as you are would be my advice!


  2. I second that Nancy! Carry on as you are. I have the same hip components. 6 years in and my only issue is a bum knee on the opposite leg.

  3. I had an x-ray on my hip about 4 years after my THR as I was having a lot of pain in my hip from doing a lot of running. The good news is that everything was still perfect, so that wasn’t the problem. For me I’ve learnt that I need to do a lot of strength and flexibility training to keep me injury free, in addition to not going all out on every run. I’ve ran over 5,000 miles over the last 3 years and I wouldn’t change a day. Yes I’ve had some issues, but take each moment as a learning experience and you will come out of it stronger.

  4. I I’ve run on mine since THR in May 14. 1500 miles each year and back racing. Had other hip THR Aug 14 last year. X-ray showed all good with the 14 one. Raced 4 mike off road today in 36 minutes. Both good. Run as you feel and listen to your hip. It’ll tell you if you need to ease back.

    Andy G

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