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Discussion: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

Subject: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: Mary C.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Ha - I decided to add a bit of humor to my plight by making this an RR (RECOVERY REPORT)just in case any of you ever have to deal with this. About a year ago in the fall of 2010 I began to experience groin pain after I ran, sometimes during. I decided to see ortho in December because I was getting ready to run the 2011 Houston Marathon...it was to be my 10th which put me at Veteran's status. However, I had also committed to IM Texas which was going to be in May 2011. I remember my coach making the suggestion not to run the marathon because the groin pain could possibly be coming from my hip and maybe the running was the least of the training I needed - to concentrate more on the bike and swim....but stubborn I am, and with my love to run, I decided to tackle the marathon anyway but do it slowly with a 4/1 like I planned to run/walk in the IM. My ortho (doesn't do hips) felt it was more of an adductor/groin pull and treated me as such...stretching and PT. I managed all the training for the IM - possibly more miles than I really needed. I got through that race and crossed the finish line very tired and a little sore - groin pain always there but nothing I could not work through. I did a few races over the summer but then late Sept, I did an oly distance. The water was choppy and being the slow swimmer I am I had to breast stroke a lot to keep myself from drifting and I could feel the pain in my groin and also my hip. The bike was windy so difficult and the run was up and down some high school football stadium ramps, lots of turns etc. I placed in my age group, had a great time after race. The next day I was limping and my right side felt like it was being attacked. This was the beginning of many doctor visits, many tests, xrays, mri and a major decision. I had 3 injections of different potions, lots of supplements, anti inflammatories, etc... one of the injections (sporatz) worked like a miracle and I was able to muscle through by walking my 11th Houston Marathon (16 mar in total)...not my smartest decision. After end of Jan, I began to experience more pain, they would not give me another injection, tried running but finally had to give it up - not worth the 17 min miles and the compromising way I was allowing my body to "get through it". I went for a couple of long bike rides but kicking my leg over the bike got harder and harder. I did set my trainer up in my bedroom w/ my old bike which is easier to get on and off. I swam a lot - which of course made my shoulder begin to hurt...I even bought a water proof shuffle I pod to help me get through the laps. Eventually I was kicking with my left leg only. I withdrew from Galveston 70.3, and of course have not done any races since I had to switch to the Aqua Bike of the Oil Man 70.3 in November where I did not even make the bike cut off due to mechanical challenges. After 4 doctors and much research, I decided on Dr. Stefan Kruezer, Memorial Bone and Joint, who specializes in the Minimally Invasive Anterior Approach to total hip replacement. This approach is quite different than the traditional approach of side or posterior as there are not muscles or tendons cut, the incision is 4 inches in the front of the hip, the device made of ceramic and titanium is placed through guided xray so there is minimal invasion. The recovery time is cut in half. My surgery was April 9th. I did have a reaction to meds in the hospital and as a result contracted a bit of walking pneumonia which made my hospital stay and extra day. I got home last Thursday, April 12 and am getting stronger with each day. I am using a walker (pretty fast with it, if I don't way so myself) and am being very cautious and patient. I have taken 3 weeks off work so plan on returning to my high school counselor job my May 1. My short term goal is go walk and get stronger, PT. My long term goal is to eventually take race walking lessons and walk the Houston Marathon next Jan. I also plan on more strength training - s something I ignored during the last couple of years...more stretching and true cross training. I can begin swimming when the incision site is healed and biking in 6 to 8 weeks for short distances. With the anterior approach there are really no restrictions which is another of many reasons to go with this approach. The one thing they discourage if I want my hip to last the full 20 years is not to run or do any impact - some people jog 3 miles a couple of times a week. I will most likely go back to sprints and walk the runs. As much as I miss running, I miss walking like a normal person and not being in constant pain, limping - quality of life was going. Just as an aside, I had my surgery originally scheduled for June 11 after school let out, but after my trip to New York City over Spring break to visit my daughter, I knew I could not wait that long. I had to take cabs every where and was in constant pain...could not sit, sleep, walk - it was becoming very annoying. I moved it up to April with the encouragement of my work buddies. Between my work friends, my church friends and my training friends, I have not wanted for anything. I have had such a wonderful outpouring of cards, flowers, meals, texts, calls and even a maid service - I am sure I made the right decision. Yes, my lifestyle will change but isn't that what this is all about? Aren't we supposed to learn from our mistakes, take pride in our accomplishments and if things need to be tweaked along the way we learn something valuable about ourselves and we grow. I had to grieve my loss of running and I have had to decide that my image is not tied to my races. I began my work out journey back in the 80's when aerobic dance became the rage, worked for a health club as a trainer/instructor for 17 years and in that time fell in love with competing...ran my first marathon in 1990 and my first tri in 1993. I have many years of enjoyment from this sport. I am 62 years old and I am so grateful for my history. I still visit this site to check in on all of you and read different posts. I guess I will live vicariously through you for a while. If anyone has to face total hip replacement in their future please don't hesitate to contact me. It is still surreal to think I have had this done but I am stoked to challenge this head on. Have fun but race smart and don't ignore injury!

My surgeon was interviewed last week on one of our local channels about his unique approach...see link below.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/ Hip-replacements-heal-faster-with-new-approach/-/1 735978/10711070/-/mwpn1sz/-/index.html

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: John R.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Thanks for sharing Mary. I wish you a speedy recovery !
Unfortunately, i am in a similar boat... putting off my next visit to the Ortho until after IMLP.
I'm only 42 and i feel that's a little early in life for a full replacement so after LP i'll be starting my research to see what other options i have. If a replacement is warranted, i will definitely look for someone who uses this technique.

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: John D .

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Mary, Thanks for sharing that with us. I have a friend who was a marathon runner, a dam good one, he had hip surgery and does not run now. He still swim,s and bike,s with us. He is just as capable on the bike as he always was... He enjoys himself, races the odd swim/bike portion of a race. In fact in my neck of the woods there is an ironman race this July 1st, You can race, the ironman(full distance) (full swim, full bike, half marathon) or the aqua, (swim/bike). The challenge will still be there for you.. Heal and search for this type of race. Encourage your local races to do an Aqua so people in your situation have a race to look forward to. Really it is only giving you a time and credit for an accomplishment....

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: Brad H.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: Thanks, Mary. I'm sorry to hear that you have to give up running, but I hope you are able to resume swimming and biking and that you will continue to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. My dad had to give up running in his 60's, but he kept doing walking and swimming, and is still going strong at 82. If I have to stop running at some point, it will probably be my knees that force the issue, though I hope I can keep going quite a few more years.

Good luck with learning to race-walk! I have seen people doing it at speeds that I wish I could average for IM run splits. I'm sure it is great exercise, and something that you can do almost anywhere.

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: Teri d.

Written on: Tuesday April 17, 2012

Message: You're starting a new chapter of your life and there is much waiting for you. You will get stronger and learn new things about yourself in the process. My husband had hip resurfacing done at the end of February and is now walking 4+ miles and returning to cycling. Have patience; you'll be back out there, just in a different way. Heal quickly! Hugs to you.:-)

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: barbara g.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: Mary, I have total faith that you will be one of those speed walkers that leaves me in the dust in our local 5k and 5 milers. Better yet, you get to live a full life -pain free. Enjoy the return to strength..

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Wednesday April 18, 2012

Message: BG - yea, power walkers can totally kick ass.

Mary - God speed in the healing process. Will continue to pray for you.

Subject: RE: Total Hip Replacement RR-long

By: Willard H.

Written on: Thursday April 19, 2012

Message: I hope you have a quick recovery and find more ways to challenge yourself. I think it's great inspiration that you have accomplished so much, and I agree that life is about tweaking and adjusting.

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