April 9, 2012
Hello from Arrojos hospital bed! Did indeed have it done today. Dr. Su told
me this morning, the worst that could happen due to my past week is that I’d
feel lousy. I told him I am already going to feel lousy! Lets just do it!
At 4:00 I was in a lot of pain. But now (10:00) I feel pretty good! I am even
doing leg exercises in bed (ankle pumps and heel drags). I know I know don’t
overdo it. Walking tomorrow!
April 10, 2012
Day 2: Just walked 200 feet… On crutches! Was only supposed to be using a
walker. The PT was amazed. No pain either, just a lot of stiffness. No doubt the
painkiller helped. Hopefully they will kick me out tomorrow.
April 12, 2012
Took the train from NY home yesterday – discharged two days after surgery. 3
hour train ride on the Acela, not too bad at all. Today showered, shaved, BM (TMI
sorry about that), doing exercises, and reading. Hopefully took my last narcotic
overnight and am now just on tylenol. It’s in the 50’s today ( I despise hot
weather) so plan on walking outside a half mile or so later on.
Can’t say enough about Dr. Su and HSS, they are amazing. I also can’t emphasize
the importance of coming into your surgery in as best shape as you can. You
really need good upper body strength to get yourself in and out of bed as you
cannot rely on your upper operated leg at all. I know everyone has a bad hip (or
two) coming into surgery but do whatever you can to maintain fitness and upper
body strength is my best advice. All those pushups, situps, pullups, and other
exercises I did for months leading up to surgery are paying off and really
helping this recovery go smoothly (so far, knock wood).
Happy Birthday to me! I turned 53 today and am planning on having a beer later.
April 23, 2012
Two weeks after surgery and I am down to one crutch (per Dr. Su, don’t
worry)! Celebrated by walking 1.2 miles. Also did 10 minutes on the bike trainer
(no resistance, also per Dr. Su)
May 3, 2012
I am a competitive masters sprinter (100 meter dash, etc). I fully
intend to try again. For many reasons. Dr. Su told me there is no reason why I
shouldnt be able to sprint again (following recovery of course). Training for
this entails plyometrics (box jumps, other jumping and leaping) and hard core
track workouts, which I will begin 12 months after surgery.
Perhaps it can’t be done, as some runners here believe (i.e, if you want to run
again, slow/barefoot jogging is the only way to go). Or perhaps I have lost 1
second on my 100 meter dash time (in which case I am no longer competitive).
May 10, 2012
I can’t believe it has already been one month (as of yesterday when I had my
checkup with Dr. Su). I have no pain, just a little soreness and stiffness after
sitting or lying for long periods. Dr. Su examined me and said my range of
motion was "really good, actually". He gave me a bunch of new stretches to do
and also a prescription for outpatient PT, which I will set up today. I can add
resistance to the bike now. He also cleared me to drive. I think my wife is more
pleased than anyone about that.
He also cleared me to mow the lawn! I’ve never been more excited to mow my lawn
(not to mention saving the $30 a week I’d been paying the high school kid to do
Last night I dreamed I was running. And running fast! Then I realized, wait, I’m
not supposed to be running yet. So I stopped. But it ‘felt’ good.. So glad I had
this surgery. I hope everyone else is too. Have a great day!
June 14, 2012
I am 2 months out and having aggressive PT massage and ART (digging in). They
avoid the scar but nail everything around it. I plan to hit the ground running
(literally) at 6 months and can’t imagine doing that with all the scar tissue
that would inevitably build up without PT and ART.
July 11, 2012
I had my 3 month checkup today. Dr. Su went through his checklist and said I
had 100%. He tsetd my ROM and said it was terrific. I told him about my
accidental running and he thought it was great. 🙂
I can ride my bike outside, lift up to 50 lbs, hike up mountains (all of which I
intend to do ASAP). Because I had extra time to kill, I walked all the back to
Penn Station (with my heavy backpack of stuff) from his office on the upper east
side of NY. I stopped in Central Park for a snack.
July 27, 2012
Here is some detailed info for me at 3 1/2 months. It’ll be good for
Last weekend, I hiked up Wachusett Mountain with a friend. It was a 3-hour hike.
I’ve run up that mountain 3 times (a challenging trail/road race), skied it many
times, but first time I’ve hiked it in about 25 years.
Things are going famously. As noted above, I saw Dr. Su 2 weeks, and he said my
Range of Motion (ROM) was all the way back to normal and my strength was great
too. Dr. Su. is very aggressive with stretching and ROM. He has no 90 degree
rule and on the day after the operation he had me bending over in a chair trying
to touch the floor. I did my stretches religiously, and at the one month mark he
gave me more advanced stretches. The hardest was for the periformis. But by 6
weeks I could put on my own socks and shoes without a problem.
ROM: I have religiously done my stretches 2-3 times a day. In addition to the
periformis, my PT’s (who kicked me out after 6 weeks because I had blown through
everything they could give me) gave me some good hip flexor stretches, and other
stretches. No doubt all this aggressive stretching has given me the ROM back.,
but I still do them every day as the periformis is still tight. I have also had
Active Release Technique (ART) done twice to break up all the scar tissue there.
Hip strength: My PTs gave me some great exercises to do. At one point I was
doing them every day, but it was making me very sore, so I cut back to every
other day. In addition to the hip strengthening PT given exercises, they also
focused on my core. So, I do crunches and planks, and a few others core
exercises that they gave me. Around 2 months I started back in doing my situps,
pushups and pullups every day. Dr. Su said I can lift 50 lbs, so I have started
doing some easy 50 lb dead lifts as I have free weights in the basement.
Endurance: I try and walk 3 miles every day (the dog loves me). I was using my
bike on a bike trainer for 30 minutes every day, thankfully Dr. Su finally
allowed me to ride the bike outside, so I now ride the bike down to the lake and
do 30 minutes of aquajogging every other day. He also said breaststroke (frogkick)
is great for recovery so I’ve been doing that too.
I am eagerly awaiting the 6 month mark when I can start running again. I will
start slowly and take it easy for months 6-12, running only every other day with
some easy track workouts. I plan to start doing plyometrics at the one year mark
and I do hope to be competitive again in Masters sprinting next summer, but
we’ll see. I told Dr. Su I wanted to get my picture on his wall sprinting (he
currently has a skier). 🙂
I do need to lose 10-15 lbs as well; that is certainly my goal over the next 3-9
Anyway, I encourage everyone to do your prescribed exercises, and stretches and
you will get there. Hip resurfacing is awesome.
July 31, 2012
The program listed below was provided to me by Dr. Su’s office physical
therapist (who is a runner himself). There is a lot to like about this program.
Two things stand out:
1. It is a very gradual progression back to running. I’m sure most experienced
runners want to blast out a 3 or 4 mile run on their first day of running after
they have been cleared to do so. This program follows the theme of this entire
website, which is "patience". The increase is gradual, which in my opinion,
gives you the best chance of successfully returning to running.
2. It is flexible – the frequency of and number of sets is variable each week,
so you can ‘push it’ or back off to suit your own comfort level.
Week Activity Duration/Sets Frequency
1 Run 3 min/Walk 2 min 4-5 sets 1-3x/week
2 Run 3 min/Walk 1 min 5 sets 2-3x/week
3 Run 4 min/Walk 2 min 4-5 sets 2-3x/week
4 Run 4 min/Walk 1 min 5 sets 3x/week
5 Run 5 min/Walk 2 min 4-5 sets 3x/week
6 Run 5 min/Walk 2 min 4 sets 3x/week
7 Run 6 min/Walk 2 min 3-4 sets 2-3x/week
8 Run 6 min/Walk 1 min 4 sets 2-3x/week
9 Run 8 min/Walk 2 min 3 sets 3x/week
10 Run 10 min/Walk 3 min 2-3 sets 2-3x/week
11 Run 12 min/Walk 2 min 2 sets 3x/week
12 Run 15 min/Walk 3 min 2-3 sets 3x/week
13 Run 15 min/Walk 2 min 2-3 sets 3x/week
14 Run 20 min without walk 1 set 2-3x/week
15 Run 25 min without walk 1 set 2-3x/week
16 Run 30 min/Walk 5 min 1-2 sets 2-3x/week
October 9, 2012
My six month anniversary is today! I can now lift > 50 lbs, start basic
plyometrics and most important, run on the roads. I celebrated by doing 2 x 12
minutes, with 2 minutes rest (week 11 of the resurfacing to 5K program). I’m
sure I could run longer, but I am sticking to that conservative plan, targeting
a Turkey Day 5K.
I was nervous at first, but after a while didnt even think about the hip. I’ve
missed the roads, but will not forsake trails and the track of course. I’m not a
great distance runner – strictly middle of the pack, (although I like
challenging races), but need to regain my aerobic fitness and plyo srength
before I even think about sprinting – hopefully next spring.
Anyway, my return to running, both distance running and sprinting, is still in
its infancy, but I am oozing with optimism. Thank you Dr. Su and my fellow
hippies and Pat for this website!
October 16, 2012
A couple of small milestones today:
1. I started running up stairs two at a time, something I always used to do. I
probably could have done this before today, but I was too nervous to. It took
competetion to do it – dr’s office visit (not resurfacing related) was on the
2nd floor and I got to the bottom of the stairs at the same time as a young
lady, and wanted to get ahead of her for the appt, so I raced up the stairs. 🙂
2. I also ran up my favorite hill for the first time since surgery:
December 11, 2012
It has now been 8 months (+ 2 days). I am now running 3-4 miles every other
day, and have done one track workout so far. I hope to do 1-2 track workouts a
week. I have run two 5K races and have started doing P90X workouts. Many days I
have double workouts (run + P90X), although I do not run and do a leg or plyo
workout on the same day.
My distance running 5K times (28+) are nowhere near where I feel they should/can
be (24-25 range), but I think that is just conditioning, and not any limitation
due to the surgery.
I have not yet done any sprinting, still just getting back into distance running
shape. The P90X workouts are terrific for getting my strength back all over, and
I feel like things are heading in the right direction. I don’t have a timetable
for trying to sprint other then targeting some May/June track meets next year.
But I need to be patient, stay focused and keep doing what I am doing before
progressing to the next level of training.
All that said, I will reiterate what I said in my very first post. If it turns
out I can’t return to where I was, I have made my peace with it and am delighted
to just be back to running. But I am far from raising the white flag, I will
just keep doing what I am doing and see what happens.
Thank you Pat, Vicky, Dr. Su, and my fellow hippies for all you have returned to
me. Happy Holidays to all!
January 15, 2013
I love running – indeed running was the only reason I went for the
resurfacing. Unlike normal runners, I also do (did) a lot of masters track and
field. Like the 100 meter dash. I hope to start sprint training in a couple of
months to hopefully qualify for the National Senior Games.
Until then, I am doing the distance running thing to regain my aerobic fitness.
I started light jogging at 6 months, after clearance by Dr. Su. I have slowly
ramped up the intensity and speed; 9 months out I am now running 15-20 miles per
week, including 2 track workouts. I have also run three 5K races, am planning a
5 mile race in February and signed up to captain my 7th Reach the Beach team in
the fall. My distance running times are a little disappointing to me so far, but
each race was faster than the previous one and I think it is really
conditioning, rather than anything to do with my legs. Hopefully I will keep
In addition to running, I am also doing P90X to get back into shape as well.
Besides being sore all over, I feel great. P90X has Yoga, stretching, all kinds
of strengthening for the hips, legs, abs, core, upper body.
One huge thing I recommend for any hippy, but espcially running hippies – don’t
let scar tissue build up. 6 weeks or so after your surgery (subject to your
doctor’s clearance) start getting Active Release Technique (ART) or deep tissue
massages to break up that scar tissue. Too many people neglect this, it seems,
and even though their implant is fine, they get other soft tissue pain that
prevents them from returning to an active lifestyle. I think a lot of the ‘too
much too soon’ issues are because of this.
April 3, 2013
in six weeks or so, I plan to sprint at the Connecticut Masters Games
(think 50 meter dash, 100 and 200). I know many surface hippes have sprinted
while playing soccer, baseball, tennis and other sports, but I dont believe
anyone has ever sprinted comepetetively at the masters level after a hip
resurfacing. If not, then I will be the first.
The whole point of this surgery, at least for me as I understand it, is to be
able to continue to live our active lifestyles. I had three respected orthopedic
surgeons tell me that I needed a Total Hip Replacement and that I would never
run again and even now, after this surgery, there are doubters who claim it is
impossible to run fast after this surgery or who question the wisdom of running
after resurfacing. Keep doubting, people, I love the motivation!
May 4, 2013
I just wanted to catch everyone up on my recovery. i spent the winter
doing a lot of skiing, ice hockey, running, and P90 X. I was really happy to be
finished with P90X about three weeks ago. Shortly after I finished I started to
return to some sprint training, with an eye towards the Connecticut senior games
on May 18 where I hoped to run the 50, 100, and 200 m dash.
I strained my back (on the non-operated hip side). Instead of taking it easy and
resting it, like someone my age should do, I played hockey through it, did a
couple of sprint workouts through it, and even did a plyometrics workout through
it. Yup, I’m in idiot, and you guessed it. It got substantially worse.
I’m an optimist by nature, and so I believe that this is not serious and that I
just need to rest it and take it easy and then I will be back. I suppose there’s
still a 20% chance I will run at those senior games in two weeks, but more
likely is that I will have to delay my return to competitive sprinting for a
little bit. The Rhode Island senior games are in June and I am looking at that.
In the meantime I am content to walk the dog and mow the lawn, while I heal my
back With Advil and ice.
May 18, 2013
Today, 13 months after my surgery with Dr. Su, I successfully competed ay my
first track meet, finishing 2nd in the 50 meter dash in the 50-54 age group.
(Next year I will be 55 and will be youngest in that age group, woo-hoo!). I had
actually entered the 50, the 100, and the 200, but only ran the 50 because I
strained my (non-operated side) hammy just before the finish line, so shut it
down for the day.
My recovery from surgery had gone famously well. I eased into jogging after 6
months, and then over the winter, I did the P90X program while continuing to do
some jogging. I continually used Active Release Technique (A.R.T.) to break up
all the scar tissue from the surgery and get my range of motion back. Everything
was great until about a month ago, after I’d had a couple of really good track
workouts, I strained my back lifting weights. Like many of us type A idiots, I
just kept training through it and overdid it and really hurt myself. So, I took
10 days off, got a lot of A.R.T and just as I was turning the corner over the
back strain, I sneezed. It was catastrophic. I actually could barely walk and my
wife took me to the Dr. on crutches. This was two weeks ago!
Anyway, my back actually cleared up quickly (more ART) but even so, but it was
still 50/50 whether I’d be able to compete today. I had a quality track workout
on Wednesday and got some work in with the starting blocks, so I figured what
the heck, I’ll give it a shot.
My time was a 7.51, which is an 85.8 WAVA if that means anything to you. (An
85.8 WAVA marathon for a 54 years old is a 2:49). Ironically (coincidentally,
ominously?), it was my left (non-operated side) hammy that I pulled at the
National Indoors in ’10.
My hip is great. It’s just the rest of my body that is falling apart.
I hope that this will shed a bright light on the benefits of hip resurfacing to
those who are considering it or may be struggling with recovery. People have run
marathons, done triathlons, all kinds of athletic endeavors with a hip
resurfacing. To that we can add Masters sprinting.
Hip resurfacing is awesome and how it can help athletes with hip arthritis
return to do the things that they love. A lot of doctors don’t like it and will
tell you that your only option is a total hip replacement and that you will
never be able to run again. I call BS. Do your own research. If you love to run
and you have hip arthritis, a hip resurfacing is a viable option; you do not
need to get a total hip replacement. Just make sure you get an experienced
surgeon. I had to travel to NYC. There are a few doctors in Boston who will
perform this surgery but I was not comfortable with them, especially after other
orthopedists in their hospitals warned me against hip resurfacing and told me I
would never run again.
I had actually hoped to get a video of the race, but the person entrusted with
filming it screwed it up. Guess that means I will have to sprint again. 🙂
May 27, 2013
Two days ago, I ran the Wachusett Mountain road race. 3.1 miles up the
mountain, then 3.1 miles back down. I’m not really in mountain racing shape but
thought it’d be a good workout and help with sprinting. I know downhills are bad
for the implant; thankfully, there was a grassy shoulder much of the way down,
so I made sure to run on that to alleviate the pounding.
June 10, 2013
Yesterday, I won the gold medal 50 meter dash and 100 meter dash at the Ocean
State Sr Olympics in the mens 50-54 age group. I also took a silver medal in
the 200 meter dash.
I was able to get someone to get a video. It is not very good, but it is
something. I think there is something about trying to rely on old guys to take
a good video of a sprint that is self-defeating. Anyway, I ran a 13.90 and am
the guy in red on the right. The super fast guy who actually won this heat was
45 years old, so was not racing against the rest of us so to speak.
I will keep trying to get a better video.
Video – Sprinting after hip resurfacing