6 months post THR

I am still having shooting pain down my leg to the top of my knee. My leg is also still numb and tingly. I started training again – that is, if you call running 4-6 miles a week training. I am also biking and swimming. For those of you that had a THR did you still fell these symptoms 6 months out? I am getting frustrated and want to train for a 1/2 ironman soon

10 Month Post Op Update – NO FEAR


I was inspired to post when I read someone sharing about being afraid.

My THR was 10/2/16 and I was TERRIFIED. Totally stuck and consumed with fear of the unknown and what felt like a death sentence of a doctor prescribed sedentary lifestyle and the end of my youth.

I was thrilled to find this site before my surgery and get a glimpse of hope.

The reality is 10 months in i’m probably in the best shape of my life.

I got focused on health and started to regain the things I thought were lost.

I was in constant pain, consumed with fear and basically hopeless about the future.

In the last few months I swam a 4.2 mile open water race, ran a 6:05 mile, and jumped tall buildings in a single bound… maybe not buildings but some tall boxes.

The black cloud of fear is gone.

Its hard to tell anyone not to be afraid, but speaking from experience….  Don’t be afraid.

You can do anything you set your mind to.

You’ve got this !

From Clive Bradburn

3 and half weeks post op for Left THR. Going well. Just a trekking pole when out walking to ensure no slips or falls. Swimming I km every couple of days. Arms only using pull buoy to keep legs still at the moment. 10 mins each day on static bike. Reluctant to go beyond walking, jogging seems a bit ambitious at the moment. Any thoughts or advice? I am a 70 yr old triathlete.

42 years old in need of 2 THR and afraid!! :(

Hi guys, i have 10 years dealing with pain in my hips OA, can’t stand for long, or walk to much, is inspiring to read this forum, but almost everybody has days to 5 years with their new hips, what about people with 10 or 15 years or more with his hips, I’m wanting to know how is doing the ones that have that kind of time with the hips?…….another question my surgeon want to give me Depuy hips Chrome, ceramic and platic, i hear that they have a lot of recalls and I’m afraid, can you give me advice, and tell me something like (i have 15 years with this kind of hips and I’m ok)…..Thank you in advance.


Oscar G.

Got fat, gettin’ thin, Ketogenic lifestyle – helps prosthetic longevity

Remember when I asked about LCHF, low carb – high fat eating? Well it has been a month and I have lost 20 pounds +/- and am near optimum race weight again – with little extra exercise added.

What a difference.

Clear thinking, no afternoon nod and lighter so therefore should have less wear and tear not only on the prosthetic, but everything. Grocery bill for my part dropped in half.

The mirror looks nice too.

Frikken boom.

Further encouragement to undergo THR

For BehnHughes29: I couldn’t agree more with recent posts encouraging you to proceed with your THR.  I underwent one in November 2015, at age 59, and regret only that I waited so long to get it done.  I am back to my pre-THR habit of running twice daily, except for Sundays (when I do long runs of 10+ miles), and marvel at how great my surgically improved hip as well as the rest of my 61-year old self feels.  Best wishes.  David (from Boston, MA, USA).

Ben – Hip replacement required at 32.

Hello fellow hipsters!

So I’ve been scouring YouTube and the Internet on and off for three years searching (without real success) for unequivocal testimony (or better still video evidence) that having a hip replacement doesn’t not mean game over. Until now I found little inspiration. But having found this site and read only a few of the inspirational posts I’m starting to feel a little more confident about the whole thing…

I’m 32 now and was diagnosed with severe OA of my left hip with cam and acetabulum impingements 3 years ago. I went back to my home town (Reading, UK) for an antroscopy by Dr Tom Pollard in September 2014. He did a decent job of it, shaving off the excess bone, patching up whatever residual cartilage was left and microfracturing the bone to create a scar tissue substitute for the all-too-illusive cartilage. Fast forward 2.5yrs and to be honest I was back to square 1 and staring a THR of my left hip full in the face.

I have always been a very keen footballer, representing professional premier league academies up to age 15 and thereafter enjoying a very competitive level of amateur football (up until my OA diagnosis 3yrs ago, aged 29). I was also always a keen runner and gym-goer. Nothing competive on the running side – it just always gave me that ceratonin boost I needed to get through the week of my sedentary office based job.

As I write I’m on holiday with my young family and for the first time I’m becoming totally convinced I need the hip replacement as soon as possible. The pain when walking longer distances has become almost unbearable and I’m struggling to keep up with my 2yr old. I think it’s time to man up and deal with this finally…

…or is it?! Every time I make a decision to arrange the dreaded THR I think to myself – I’m too young for this aren’t I? Can’t I live with the pain a little longer? Is it really that bad? What happens in 10-15 years when I need to replace the replacement? And what in a further 10-15yrs when I’ll only be in my 50/60s? I can’t run or play football now but will I be able to post op??

My answers usually include: pain which inhibits your day to day has to be dealt with, pain relief and Physio helps in the short term but do you want to be hijacked by your hip every time you’re away from your Physio? Who knows where medical advances will take us in 10-15yrs – deal on information you have NOW. Think about the knock on affects on the surrounding muscle tissue and other joints. Look how you’re limping! I’ve read about 60yr old double hippees running marathons quicker than you could dream of fully fit – so MAN UP.

Unfortuantely my right hip seems to be going the same way. Impingements, cysts etc staring to show so hope to catch that early enough for a more successful arthroscopy…

Ill continue to scan through the posts, but if anyone has time to reach out to me I would love to hear first hand experience to help me answer some of my lingering doubts:

– can I really run as much as I want post op?

-is football (even 5 aside) totally out of the question post op?

– am I likely to always limp?

– which technique and hardware is best for my physical status (32yr old, 6ft, 85kg, 15% body fat)?

– does the pain disappear completely?

– is there any benefit in waiting?

– is there video evidence out there showing the running gait of post op hippies?

– what does having a hip replacement now mean for me 30 yrs down the line?

– what limitations will I face post op?

anyway I hope to hear from some of you and I’ll keep updating with my progress….

Doing it

I finally pulled the trigger, I am getting resurfaced on Wednesday by Dr. James Pritchett.  A BHR device is what he recommends for me ( older male marathon runner) .
In prep for the Surgery I have been running 6 miles / day .. funny that as Surgery day
approaches, I think my hip feels a little better. I’ve been hurting a long time and I know this is just temporary, but it does play with your mind.

My recovery goal is to run the Boston marathon, one more time. It will take time I know, hoping to qualify in 2018 and run in 2019 event.

12 Miles at 8-months

I had a total hip replacement December 2016 at the age of 38.  I’ve been holding off on writing a post until I reached something that felt like a milestone: I ran 12 miles on the 8-month anniversary of my surgery.  The farthest I ever ran previously was 16 miles.

Moments that didn’t make the cut? Three weeks post-op, I was back in the gym lifting and using the elliptical.  At four weeks, I was back in the pool.  I returned to work as a diver doing boat maintenance at 7 weeks.  My first run was at two months, alternating between running and walking for two miles.

I’ve had similar issues that others have written about like start up stiffness after sitting for a while and tightness in the IT band.  One thing is certain: I feel best when I’ve been running.

With a little luck, I hope to run the Savannah marathon this November.  I figure I might as well get the 26 in while this joint is still new.  Being told you’re never going to run again is a hard thing to hear.  I’m grateful for the inspiration from the other runners in the Hiprunner community.  Thank you!