I'm 45 years old and been a competitive track athlete and road runner since my school days. I developed Osteoarthritis of the right hip about ten years ago, but saying that doctors believed that it was my back at first. A scan about 4 years ago proved it was my hip. The cartilage was gone that much I had bone rubbing on bone. Despite pain I carried on running until two years ago I had to pull up in two separate races the Nottingham and Bridlington halfs. And the most annoying thing was not being able to put my sock on!!! Anyway, I went and had my hip resurfaced this year 2nd January 2007 at Chapel Allerton hospital, Leeds, UK, by Mr. Emerton. I went for epidural and a date rape drug to knock me out! Yes a date rape drug! I woke up and couldn’t remember a thing. I didn’t have a hang over or feel sick it was great.
As for pain I have no osteo pain that was gone after the operation. I do ache from day to day, but that’s muscle just repairing all the time.
I do get twinges of pain within the scar area and down in my leg. This is not severe and will go away as things heal.
Before you read the rest of this, please listen to your doctor and physio's. Read what text they give you on, what you can do and what you can’t do after your operation especially for the first six weeks. You will see below I break their rules! And this is only because I’m an athlete. And I only weigh 65kg at 5 foot 8 inches high. Your post op progress depends on how fit you are when you go in for the op.
Oh and positive thinking too!
Here is my progress report from 2nd Jan till now 16th March 2007 (10 WEEKS)
Tue 2nd Jan: Operation / Wed 3rd out of bed and on two crutches walking on the ward. / Friday 5th Out of hospital, go home Monday 8th Jan drove my car (automatic) / Friday 12th Jan walked on two crutches 1.5 miles. / Sunday 14th walking with one crutch.
Monday 15th walking indoors without crutches. / Tue 16th Jan went to my local Gym, health club and did exercises and swimming!
Wednesday 17th had my first bath at home. / Monday 22nd Jan off crutches for good, not using a stick. / Saturday 3rd Feb went into the countryside and walked 2.5 miles. / Monday 12th Feb started running on the treadmill at gym! / Friday 16th Feb put my sock on myself for the first time in a year or two. / Tue 20th Feb ran 3 miles on the treadmill. /
Thursday 15th March: Ran 2 miles on the indoor track with split times per mile at, 7min: 58secs & 7min: 26secs
Next week I'm running outside on grass and hopefully we should be running between 4 and 6 miles. Once I get up to 6 miles I can think about doing a 10k race. I don’t expect to race as fast as I did (6 min miling) but just been able to run again is fantastic!
Two years back I thought my running days where over.
Hip resurfacing has given me my life back, I recommend Hip resurfacing to anyone with Osteoarthritis of the hip.