I am a little over a year after my left hip resurfacing with Dr. Su, I have fully returned to all pre-surgery activities. I run 2-3 miles periodically, and I free weight squat and deadlift regularly and with moderately heavy weight. I occasionally have mild soreness and every now and then will experience a “clunk,” but my hip feels totally normal most of the time and feels very durable. I have converted from worrying about a full recovery to worrying about how long it will last! I hear so many stories of the implant lasting a lifetime! Here’s hoping!
Peter’s Original Story
September 30, 2018
So I had a metal on metal hip resurfacing by Dr. Su 10 weeks ago. 52 years old, 5’11”, 215 lbs., reasonably athletic (weighlifting and running 10ks). I had a genetically mis-shaped femoral head that caused premature cartilage degradation in my right hip to the point that it was bone on bone for the past year or so. I could not walk a NYC block without limping and becoming a bit depressed.
I’m pleased to report the complete absence of my former pain and limp! I would say at six weeks post-op I began to walk reasonably well without a cane, then at eight weeks out, I started doing goblet squats with dumbells up to 50 lbs., then at nine weeks out, I ran a mile on a padded track, which I did again today. Some soreness after the run, but nothing to complain about. I still am not as smooth a runner as I was at one time, but I assume that will come with time. Couldn’t be happier with the result, which I assume will only continue to improve with time.
November 2, 2018
I was very, very anxious the first 2-3 weeks. I was driving the PT people crazy! But literally right at six weeks: one day with a cane, hobbling around, the next day, voila, no cane and walking pretty well!
December 8, 2018
20 weeks post op now, and can run 2-3 miles without any pain or hip-related soreness. Very slowly, mind you, and still not particularly smoothly, but I’m doing it. The hip’s durability seemed to increase dramatically during weeks 12-16, to the point where I stopped thinking and worrying about it constantly. Really a major change during that period.
February 17, 2019
Now at 7 months post-op, I am rarely explicitly conscious of my resurfaced hip. I’ve progressed into moderately heavy lifts again–Smith Machine squats, bent over rows, and dead lifts, all at about the 250 lbs. level for 5-12 reps and five sets each. No pain at all from the hip, but rather, just feels a little different than it used to, just as it does when I run. My runs are still stuck at 2-3 miles and an easy 11-12 minute/mile pace, but I’m really not pushing myself yet. Essentially, I’m not anywhere as smooth at anything as I used to be, but it doesn’t matter–I’m grateful to be able to exercise at all! I’m also encouraged by other posts on the board indicating continued healing and strengthening up to the 12-18 month period. So perhaps the runs will become easier and faster over the next six months. Finally, I’m expecting to get back to club racing my car this Spring. Heel and toe downshifting had become an agonizingly painful experience for me before the surgery and really cut into the fun of racing. Can’t wait to get the fun back!
March 30, 2019
My only rule (at least, that I recall) from Dr. Su was no running until three months post-op. I did a little jogging at the six week mark and could tell immediately it was not good and so stopped. I’m not sure I appreciated how high impact an activity running really is until post-op. I did start light running at the 10-week mark. I was told that, generally speaking, I could listen to my body and progress back to my normal range of activities at the speed at which I felt comfortable. That has been my guide: No pushing, just do what feels good and right.