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.
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