Published: 02 July 2013
Last Updated: 02 July 2013
Created: 02 July 2013
Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Tobin 2005
Ultra-runner, Writer and avid fan of this website.
I'm an ordinary guy
who enjoys repetition. When I love something I do it often. By default I have
become quite good at a few things, running is one. Not running races so much as
running for sheer enjoyment. However in my mid-thirties while training for the
Western States 100 mile
endurance race I developed hip pain. I could not outrun genetics, the family curse,
Osteoarthritis (right hip).
After gaining the
WS100 silver buckle in 1991 (virtually on one leg due to hip complications -
ouch), my hip continued to deteriorate and I was told that ultimately I would
need a hip replacement. My surgeon,
Dr Helen Tobin
advised me to wait as long as possible before surgery, as new technology was
Fifteen long years
later Dr Tobin went to the USA and arrived back in NZ with some of the first
Birmingham implants. By then I was struggling to walk across the living room.
On 22 December 2005
I was one of Dr Tobin's first BHR recipients and I'm glad I waited. She did a
fantastic job and I was home for Christmas. This was untested technology and I
was told DO NOT RUN, as no long-term trials had yet been possible. For about 6
years I limited my workouts to power walking hills with trekking poles. All the
advice I had encountered said to avoid 'high-impact activities like running',
but deep down I knew that my ultra-running style was smooth and efficient.
started running again, adapting my ultra-running style into something that would
be even kinder to my hip. I now happily run workouts up to 5 hours through local
bush (tiger country), though I have struggled through cancer and other
challenges. It is hard to kill off an ordinary guy.
Recently I wrote
'Running with a Hip Replacement'
to let 'Hippy" runners know of low-impact running alternatives.
Wellington, New Zealand.
Ultra-runner and Writer.
Fifty mile (6:04)
Hundred mile (23:27:24)