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Competitive Running After Total Hip Arthroplasty: The World’s Fastest Total Hip

A Case Report

Christensen, David D., MD1; Nelms, Nathaniel J., MD1

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.18.00030
Case Reports

Case: We report the case of a young man who underwent total hip arthroplasty (THA) for osteonecrosis at the age of 20 years, and subsequently competed in collegiate long-distance running. The pinnacle of his career was setting the school record time of 3:47.64 (min:sec) in the 1,500-m “metric mile” run (equivalent to 4:05.09 for the “English” mile). This is the fastest known time for any patient who has undergone THA. Excellent clinical and radiographic outcomes had been maintained at 6 years postoperatively.

Conclusion: Patients who undergo arthroplasty procedures may be capable of remarkable physical accomplishments, but pursuing such feats is not advised.

1Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Department, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

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