Published: 21 September 2014
Last Updated: 21 September 2014
Created: 21 September 2014
My name is Larry Schmidt. I am a 55 year old male, and on
April 4, 2008 I had hip resurfacing surgery with Dr. Jeff Lawrence at Vernon
Memorial Hospital in Viroqua Wisconsin. I did an extensive amount of research on
the Surface Hippy site, and wanted to thank you for helping me through the
research phase and hope phase of hip resurfacing.
I am an active age group competitor in endurance racing having done 62
marathons. 5 of those have been Ironman Triathlons, one of which was the World
Ironman Championship in Hawaii in 2006. I've also competed in Ultra marathons,
the longest being 100 mile run. So, my hip issue put to test my very nature and
identity as my life style has been endurance racing for over 20 years.
So, I wanted to let you know that on September 7, 2008, 5 months post op at age
55 I completed my 5 Ironman competition by finishing the Wisconsin Ironman held
in Madison Wisconsin. My finishing time was 15 hours 46 minutes.
It was a miracle, and I wanted to share so others can believe
and hope for an active life style after surgery as well. My goal is to never
have to go back for another surgery, so I do these events with care not to
damage the implant.
So, one of my long time goals of doing 100 marathons is
still alive and going!!!! Thanks to Dr Lawrence and hip resurfacing along with
God's healing power. I'd like to share more if you would have any questions.
Feel free to contact me if you care to do so. Keep up the good work of sharing
info on your sight, it was a God send to me. Thank You.
I know this, that after being diagnosed with hip arthritis
and having bone on bone pain, it was just a matter of time before I needed to
have something done. This was diagnosed when I returned from the Ironman World
Championship in Kona Hawaii in October of 2006. At that time I began my research
of what was available, and other "cures" for alternatives to surgery. It was at
that time I was led to your website and Dr. Lawrence. He was the most renowned
in our area, and the most recommended. I do know he graduated from Harvard and
is still a practicing competitive athlete. To have an athletic mind set was one
of my requirements in search of a Doctor to consult with.
Dr. Jeff Lawrence
I promised you a review of the past 5 years since you and I had a date with hip
resurfacing surgery on my right hip on April 4, 2008. I can’t thank you enough
for your skill and support in returning my everyday life to normal as that is
the most important part of this memo. I also can’t thank you enough for
supporting my efforts to continue my competitive running/biking/triathlon
career. Most physicians would not have been as believing as you and for that I
appreciate your supportive attitude. Even though there may have been some
caution when we first met 5 years ago, you believed in my ability to know my
body and trusted I would make good decisions and not cause extra issues in being
blinded by my sport and desire to excel.
I’ve attached a log of my marathons that I keep as I complete them. You will
notice that I am now up to 75 total marathons at the 26.2 mile or longer
distance. My life goal is to complete all the marathons in Wisconsin and reach
100 total marathons. We still have work to do!!
My everyday life is if I’ve never had surgery, in fact I forget that I have had
surgery as there has not been any pain or discomfort in my hip. I do not
experience any pain from my hip when I swim or bike, so again, that is as good
as it gets. However, running is quite another story. Even though my times have
dropped in the marathon, the pain associated with running has not gotten better
and still remains on a scale of 1-10 a 14. I am not trying to go faster as I use
the pain to tell me what I can and cannot do when it comes to running. In
shorter races of 10 miles or less, I’ve been able to drop my speed to 9
minutes/mile for an average. I am perplexed by the pain as it is different than
anything I’ve encountered in my lifetime of competitive athletics. It is so
intense during the event, last for 3-6 hours after the event at a very high
intensity before settling where I can be somewhat comfortable but the next
morning it is completely gone as if I’ve never ran the marathon. The only
discomfort I would still feel is the normal muscular soreness and stiffness
associated with doing anything for 5-6hrs. If anyone could help me understand
this I would be extremely happy. My thought is that there must have been some
compromised tendons/muscle or something caused by the surgery that are not
performing when stressed by running and that is what is causing the pain. Or
maybe due to the fact that there may have been some atrophying going on prior to
surgery, maybe those dead parts never grew back. I don’t know, but sure would
like to find out. The pain can be this nauseating intense pain that is very
difficult at time to mentally push through. My pain meds help immensely in the
recovery stage. To me this is all worth the overall benefit of still being able
to continue in my sport.
Jeff, I would offer my experience to anyone who can benefit from it. I like to
think that my statistics can add HOPE to the medical profession in that the work
they do can restore people to their former selves and still allow them to dream
and complete their dreams as I continue to do with mine. I want my statistics to
offer HOPE to the individuals who have to go through the surgery so they can
still see that they can keep on living their lives and doing things they were
doing as good after surgery as before. I have become a student of this surgery
and know that there is limited information available for people in my situation,
so If I can add to the database, it would be the least that I can do.
I do not think I am causing any issues with the device that was implanted and
believe you would find it as good today as the day it was put in. If you feel
any of this would be valuable for someone’s study or research I’d be more than
willing to help if I can.
Jeff, I have my annual physical with Mike Pace this coming Thursday. I do not
have his email address and could not find it in the Gunderson system, would you
be able to forward this to him by Thursday so I could also visit with Mike about
this? He has been very supportive and helpful in my continuing to perform at the
level I compete at. This year I turn 60 in August and that means a new age
group. I am as prepared and confident as ever that I will continue my success in
competition and I have you to thank for allowing me that opportunity. Please
share with your staff in Viroqua and spread the Belief of the Hope in the work
that they do.
1- 2012 "Firehouse 50"- 50 mile bike pack race
(Larry Schmidt pictured in center)
List of Marathons since surgery
2008- age 55
Friday April 4 @ 7:30am: Right Hip
62. 4th Wis. Ironman Triathlon---15hr:46
(Marathon-7:39)-September 2008. @55
63. Rails to Trails Marathon (Norwalk)---7:10---November 2008. @55 (walk)
2009- age 56
64. 2nd Rails to Trails Marathon---6:30---November 2009. @56
2010- age 57
65. 1st Lacrosse Marathon---6:03---May 2010 @56 (walk/jog)
66. 1st Wisconsin Dells Marathon---5:45---October 2010 @57
67. 3rd Rails to Trails Marathon---5:40---November 2010 @57
68. Sandbox Indoor Marathon---5:37---February @57 (walk/jog)
69. Eau Claire Marathon---5:43---May @57 (walk/jog)
70. 4th Rails to Trails---5:35---November @58 (walk/jog)
71. Icebreaker Indoor Marathon---5:33---January @58
72. Wisconsin Marathon Kenosha---5:09---May @58
73. Dances w/Dirt Trail Marathon---5:14---July (1st age group)
74. 9th Whistlestop Marathon---4:56---October @59
75. 5th Rails to Trails Marathon---5:11---November @59
**In the last 5 years I’ve also completed numerous sprint distance
triathlons and averaged 4 century (100 mile plus) bike rides per year.
***2012 was the best competitive results year since surgery in 2008. I
posted my fastest post-surgery marathon time with a 4hr and 56 minute marathon.
I also returned to trail running and ran my 1st post surgery trail
marathon doing the “Dances with Dirt” marathon in Wisconsin Dells and finishing
1st in the 55-59 age bracket.
I posted my best bike race MPH with a 25.1 mph average for a 90 mile bike
"Race the Lake" in Fond du Lac Wisconsin in August of 2012.
****2013 is another aggressive event year with plans to compete in: 3
marathons, 3 bike races, multiple bike events with at least 4 century rides
planned, long distance swimming.
In February I completed a 4 mile swim indoors in preparation for the open