I had started running, and was enjoying it and wanting to train for longer distances when I was diagnosed with
bilateral hip AVN. I with a number of orthopedic surgeons, who all told me that I can give up things like running for good, and also that I should go through surgery immediately. I finally met Dr Vijay Bose in Chennai and his perspective was a little different. Anyway, to cut a long story short, attempts to see if
this would heal on its own did not work and Dr Bose decided to do surgery on the left side in December 2012.
I was hoping for a BMHR hip resurfacing, but during the surgery the doctor found the damage to be too much and therefore did a full hip replacement using a delta motion device (Depuy). The surgery went well, and after a check-up 2 months later, the doctor cleared me for running starting from 6 months after surgery. My right hip was left affected by AVN and started and seems to be recovering on its own. I started running in June of this year, and did a half marathon (21k) race in mid-September. Things seem to be going well and I am hoping to train for and run my first full marathon end of year or early next.
There seems to be some impression that life after a THR requires reduced impact activities. So far, this has not proved to be the case with me, and if you are still updating your site with patient experiences, I will be happy to add mine if it can help answer questions other may be going through.
Best Regards, Siva