5 months.

Hello all.  It’s been 5 months since my THR.  I’ve gone from counting weeks to counting months.  How time flies!  I’m looking forward to that point when I won’t be thinking about my new hip at all.  In month 5 I started biking in addition to running.  I got out my old mountain bike that I hadn’t used in years because my hip hurt too much to bike.  Aired up the tires and went for a short 6 mile ride on a multi-use asphalt path that I also run and walk on.  It felt great!  Zero pain in the hip.  I followed that up with a couple of 9 mile bike rides the over the next few days.

Unfortunately, my knee on my non-THR side started giving me problems.  I’ve got a history of knee pain from a bad soccer sprain 30 years ago that keeps coming back to haunt me.  It started aching really badly on Feb. 9, which is unfortunate because I wanted to run the Cupids Chase 5K on the 14th.  I took the rest of the week very easy and by the 13th, the knee felt much better so I went ahead and registered for the Cupid’s Chase.  I figured if my knee gave me problems, I would just run slow or even walk.  Well, it turns out both my knee and hip felt pretty good.  I was able to run as fast as my heart and lungs would allow….which after a year and a half of slow running turned out to be an 8 minute average pace.  I was hoping to finish in under 25 minutes and made it in 24:38.  Whoo hoo!

My last good 5K race was almost 5 years ago, just before my hip started giving me problems, and I did that in 2o minutes.  I know I’m older now, but if I can get down to 21 or 22, I’ll be happy.  Heck, I’m already happy to just be able to run without pain!

Next month, I’m going to start increasing the distance and intensity.  I’ve been  running about 3 to 4 times a week and I’ll probably keep it at that frequency.  Maybe try an every-other-day schedule and see how that works.

If anyone else can share their training schedule, distance, and intensity….I’d love to read your input.

May the wind be always at your back.

Dave

36 hours post THR and home resting

Well, everything seemed to go great with my THR on Thursday with one exception — It appears that the spinal block didn’t totally work.  I woke up in pain (which my doc assured me would NOT happen) and apparently I ‘flinched’ at the incision — oh great!  Luckily I didn’t feel/don’t remember that but my doc seemed very unhappy that the block didn’t work like it should have.  He apologized several times.

 

The biggest downfall was I was in a lot of pain the first 12 hours and they were giving me lots of oral meds which made me too dizzy to do anything beyond sit up and take a few steps with a walker.

 

Day 2 was so much better; dizziness subsiding and getting good rest. By that afternoon I was on crutches walking the corridor.  Morning of day 3 I did laps around the floor and did stairs/curb fine with crutches, so I got to go home that afternoon!

 

First evening home was fine and even slept pretty well with the adductor wedge.  Pain is very manageable and have my first home PT appointment tomorrow, so here we go!!!!

 

Thanks to everyone for their words of encouragement and support — I appreciate it!!!

Aimee.

This Darn Knee!

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Three years and 2 months post hip surgery I am fighting a knee issue on the side of my non-THR hip.  In a past post, I explained that it was injured playing in Hoopfest in late June of last year.  It has basically sidelined me from competing.  I am getting progressively slower and slower and keeping up with the SDP boys has become a painful chore.  Oddly enough, my last best race, was when I first reported that I  injured my knee during Hoopfest.  Next to running, basketball is one of those things that I just love to do.  In the 25 years that Hoopfest has existed,  I have never missed a single one – even in the year that I got my hip replacement.  In a past post I reported that  my knee ortho doc said that the knee pain was not related to the collision I had in Hoopfest, but instead was related to my right hip.  It was hard to believe because all-of-the-knee-pain-started-after-the-collision.  So in January, I went to see my superstar Hip Doctor (his PA Actually – Scott Wood), and received confirmation that yes indeed, the hip was causing problems which would be the reason for the knee pain.  The X-Ray showed that I had a Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) on the neck of my right femur.  Basically, I have a bone spur on the neck of  my femur which is affecting the range of motion for my hip, which in turn is causing me to run with an irregular gait, which in turn is giving me the knee pain.   OK! Now that I have received a double confirmation from the Hip Doctor AND the Knee Doctor, I’ll stop fighting the notion that the knee pain is being caused by damage to the knee which started after my collision in Hoopfest.    A full THR is not needed to fix this, the hip just needs to be scoped and the impingement needs to be removed.  Still, the recovery time is 4 to 6 months.  I am ok with that if it will get me back out on the trails.   The next step will be to see the Doctor who will scope my hip.  That will be coming on Feb 23rd.  I will post my results.  Staying hopeful and optimistic.  It beats the alternative?

HipRunner Shirts Are Here
It is good to have goals, because when you set goals, you strive to achieve them. One of my goals that I set for this year was to get Hip Runner Shirts to provide to this community online.  The first 24 are ready.  If there is a huge demand, I will order more.  I will be putting up a link “shirtly” so that you can purchase one if you like.  Stay tuned.

 

 

T-Minus 24 hours to THR and new to this site

Hi all!  I found this site a few weeks ago as I was researching opinions/stories, etc. about running after a THR.  I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia about 10 years ago and have been effectively ‘ignoring’ it since then — By that point, I wasn’t a candidate for corrective surgery — too much damage already done.  Was told by my doc each year to stop running.  Of course I didn’t!

I only got into running as an adult at age 26, doing my first marathon and was hooked!  After the diagnosis still did a few more marathons and several half marathons.  In 2011 I did my last half (hopefully not!) as hip pain was getting more severe, stiffness was overwhelming, etc.

Finally went to officially see an orthopedist last year after using massage therapy, stretching, pain meds, etc. to keep it at bay as long as possible.  He looked at my films and said “wow.”  He was amazed I was even walking.  I was still running 4-5 miles 2-3X a week at that point.

So, I bit the bullet and scheduled myself for a THR.  The x-rays don’t lie — my hip joint is a wreck.  For a few weeks I kept saying ‘maybe I don’t need it, maybe it will get better.”  Hah.  Now, on the eve of the procedure I’m ready — pain has limited even basic walking and I know it’s time.

This site has gotten me excited about all the activities and lifestyle I will be able to enjoy after the procedure — maybe even running again!  Not sure since I will be destroying what’s left of my left hip with each run, but everyone’s story gives me a lot of encouragement and hope — and most importantly, to know I’m not alone and it’s OK to be bummed when your doctor says “your running days are over.”

Here’s to the bionic me!

Peter M – 1 week after surgery

 

I feel pretty good considering it is exactly 1 week after my THR. Since I work at home, I am now fully functional, albeit on a limited schedule. I take 2 or 3 naps to break up my day. That allows me to elevate my leg and apply ice. I find ice to be more effective than the opium pills. Surprisingly, I have grown accustomed to the cold, and I even find it to be very soothing.

One of my problems is sitting behind the computer for too long. The pain in my groin while sitting is only about 2 on a scale of 10. I’m kind of used to this since I had similar pain prior to surgery. The simple cure for this silly problem has been setting a kitchen timer so that I don’t sit for more than an hour.

A real problem is sleeping. The pain at night is not severe, but it is more than enough to keep me awake. I spent a couple of sleepless nights without medication. However, it is more important for me to get rest, so I have decided to go back on the opium pills at night.

There are many reasons to avoid this synthetic opium. I believe the pills impede your recovery. One of the things I hate the most about them is they make me grind my teeth. I chipped an incisor the other night and I have no desire to schlepp up to my beloved dentist’s office. Dental care will have to be deferred.

I’ve been walking about a quarter mile per day with my cane. The Blizzard of 2015 was not as bad as we anticipated. I was even able to get down to the corner store for groceries on ice free sidewalks before the storm.

The first few steps are very painful. But after that I get into a groove – just like back in my running days. I would rate the pain while walking at 6 or 7 on a scale of 10. At first, the pain in my wrist was at the same level. I’m not used to carrying my massive 173 pounds with one arm. But now I am bearing most of that weight on my hip so my wrist is better. I don’t envision giving up my cane any time soon. Nonetheless, today, I think I will up the distance to a half mile.

I found the physical therapy exercises they gave me to be a joke. I was able to complete them with ease immediately after surgery. Obviously, these initial exercises were not designed with runners in mind. I am ready for a more challenging program of PT.

Clearly, I have been weakened by this major surgery. Also, for the first time in my life, I feel frail and fragile – kind of like a broken vase that has just been glued back together. Maybe Humpty Dumpty? Or Hippy Dummy? (I’m sorry for that one. At least I made myself laugh). In a way, it is good that I feel broken because it has made me super cautious. I avoid ice, and stairs, and most importantly I avoid overdoing things.

Otherwise, my vitals are good. The post op fever is gone. My blood pressure is a little high at about 155/90. But it was high prior to surgery. I was more concerned with the increase in my sitting pulse rate which was up to 84. This morning it was 77, but it is usually under 60. I anticipate I will be better able to deal with these issues in a few weeks when I am able to work out again.

As you can see, my incision is very small. It is healing very nicely.

My incision - close up.
My incision – close up.
My incision after one day.
My incision after one day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lesson I would like to impart to future Hip Runners is that the first week of recovery is not as bad as you may fear. I wish you the same good fortune and progress that I have experienced. May your biggest problems be as trivial as mine.

Speedy Petie a/k/a The Hipster

 

 

New Member

I been a runner for close to 10 years and played various sports, including a mens flag football league, for 20+ years. I had hip pain starting about 5 years prior, at first only when I ran, then throughout every day, although once I got 1-2 miles into my run the pain went away. I kept running even though my PCP took x-rays and said I had to stop. Finally the pain wouldn’t go away at any point of running and I was regularly waking up at night in terrible pain.

I had my replacement in May 2014 and started off very strong, getting released from the hospital the day after my operation (and winning a bet from my PCP that it wasn’t possible!). Then recovery went slow, even though I ditched the cane after 2 weeks I felt like I’d never be able to run again. Certain simple movements still bothered me, such as standing up from a sitting position – I’d have to pause a moment to let my hip seemingly “settle” into position. But I’ve been doing 7 mile workouts on the elliptical and today did 1.5 miles jogging on the treadmill.

I’m not sure I’ll ever get to where I was before with running, but I’d like to work in some 5k’s this year. I do worry about wearing it out – at my age (45) I don’t want to kill this thing in 20 years and have to face a 2nd operation.

Kathy D– 7 weeks post-surgery

So glad to have found this site a month or so before my Dec 11 2014 surgery! I am a runner, rollerblader, cyclist, and soccer player.  Went through the typical cycle (I must have bursitis. I must have a groin pull. I must have a torn labrum. Aaaackkkk– I have severe arthritis!) over 2 years, then another year of chiropractic/accupuncture/supplements/physical therapy/steroid shots, everything but voodoo to try to improve on pain and mobility. Took a long time to face the thought of hip replacement surgery at 54 but when I could no longer walk 10 yards without pain, and couldn’t stop thinking about it even on the soccer field, my usual place of utter escape, I scheduled it.  I had posterior “minimally invasive” surgery with one 5 inch and one one inch incision, titanium parts, high tech plastic liner.   The first two weeks were much rougher than I expected in terms of muscle pain, and during them I couldn’t bear to go on this site!  But cane was gone as of day 8 or so, and on day 14, I turned a corner: post-surgery pain was gone, limp all but gone.  No problem returning to teaching at the end of the winter break.  Now I am aggressively doing the PT exercises and stretches, walking tons including a one hour “hike” (flat ground) recently, riding a recumbent exercise bike most days for 20 minutes on low tension, and champing at the bit to start really biking and get a timetable for running.  My doc says I can eventually return to everything, even including soccer (in my older women’s league, not exactly the World Cup). I haven’t seen anything anywhere about anyone playing soccer after THR– has anybody?  Any how soon do people return to riding real bikes? I don’t have a clear idea about whether the real danger is dislocation or tearing something from falling, or what.  Thanks, all!

hello runners . I just found this site and am excited to share with other runners who have undergone thr. My surgery is pending for this Feb. 2015. I was devasted when I was told that running after thr is completely out of the question. But, I read many of the posts on HipRunner and cn’t wait to have the surgery, rehab, and hit the trails. I haven;t been able to run more that 2-3 miles a day for the past 5 years due to my hip. Hopefully, I can return to pain free running.

PETER M – I WISH I HAD THIS HIP REPLACEMENT DONE YEARS AGO!

Leaving hospital with my marathon shirt.
Leaving hospital with my marathon shirt.

Yesterday my THR (left side) went better than I could ever have imagined. I must compliment Dr. David Mayman and every single staff member at The Hospital for Special Surgery for their top notch professional service. They were all pleasant, courteous, and compassionate.

I think I may have set some kind of record for the fastest THR in history. I arrived at the hospital at 11:40 yesterday morning. I was 10 minutes late while Dr. Mayman was 3 hours early because of a morning cancellation. Thus, I did not spend a minute in any waiting room. I was processed immediately, then stripped, shaved, scrubbed and sedated. I’m a little fuzzy on the timing, but I don’t think the operation took much longer than an hour. I remember waking up in the recovery room a little after 2:00 P.M.

They gave me a couple of doses of opium intravenously. But I felt good enough to decline all the pain pills that were offered. As a result, I was able to avoid the pill they give for constipation and the other pill they give to prevent your stomach from getting upset. I had less medication yesterday than I used to take in high school. And this allowed me to excel at this morning’s early PT  session & test.

I carried the walker in front of me for the first few steps before suggesting to the physical therapist that my cane would be more appropriate. I walked with and without my cane for a short while and then I was able to negotiate 5 stairs with relative ease. I learned a new word when the occupational therapist exclaimed something about how well I was ambulating. She then asked, “What time do you want to go home today?” “Noon will be fine with me.” I was elated!

I was an obedient and cooperative patient up until that point. Then I became inpatient. I couldn’t wait for the nurse to help me get dressed. I got in trouble for that. I got into a lot more trouble after they told me I could bear as much weight on my left hip as I could tolerate (up to 100%). I got busted by every nurse on the floor for minor infractions such as walking 10 steps to the bathroom without my cane. When the department manager caught me using the bed rails instead of my cane she put me under special surveillance. She didn’t let me out of her sight until she personally escorted my wheelchair down to the lobby exit. That was at 1:05 this afternoon.

So I entered the hospital yesterday morning at 11:40 and I exited at 1:05 this afternoon. That makes 25 hours and 25 minutes. I believe that entitles this slow guy to the record for the fastest hip replacement of all time.

I guess the record really should go to HSS. It is miraculous how they can perform such a major surgery in such a short time. Think about it: total hip replacement in a single day!

My good fortune did not end with this improvement in my health. I was deeply touched by the support and love I received from my family. Talking about things like health care proxies and major surgery tends to remind you of your priorities. This episode of my life allowed me to again witness the inner beauty of all 4 of my daughters. Because of them, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”

My daughters try to keep me in check. They constantly nag me about over doing things. I tease them back by telling them today was the first day of marathon training. I even wore my marathon sweatshirt today when Gina came to pick me up at the hospital. But she is much stronger than I am. I was extremely proud of the way she took charge and cared for her father. She saw beyond my marathon joke and instead took control over my hospital discharge and insured that I got home safely with everything I need.

Well it certainly was a momentous 25 hours. I am blissfully exhausted. I must now get some rest because tomorrow is my first day of marathon training. I plan to take a walk around the block.

Peter M – The New Hipster               January 23, 2015