Hip Replacement - Now What?
First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!:D).
I am 57 years old, been riding for 20+ years and have recently had my right hip replaced. In a few years, I am confident I will need to have the left one done as well. :cry Besides the hip replacement, I am in good physical condition, not over weight and relatively inseam challenged at 5'3". My issue is since the hip replacement, I cannot do the miles I used to without muscle discomfort in my right thight / butt and now feel the need to have both feet flat on the ground at stops. I think I am subconcisouly paranoid about tipping over and dislocating the implant (the doctor makes it sound unbelievely painful if this happens - which I am 100% sure he is right!). My husband and I did not do Iron Butt mile days but, routinely did 500+ on our summer vacations or to distant National Rallys.
I guess the input I am looking for is, if any of you (or anyone you know of) has had a hip replacement and also experienced discomfort, what did you do? Stop riding, do shorter distances and take longer stops between (this is kinda what we are doing now), over the counter pre-medication (which I will not do prescription pain medication unless I know I will be at home for the duration of the medication), magical stretching exercises while riding, different seat, foot peg position, etc., etc.
I am really missing the thought of trips out West from Indiana as longer days in the saddle are needed when a weeks vacation is all we are taking.
Thanks ladies and any thoughts / suggestions are appreciated! By the way, my husband is in no way making me feel bad about this and is 100% in favor of any choice I make - whether that be a different bike, shorter mileage days, etc.
Hip Replacement 4/30/2012
Hi ShropDog et al - I had a THR at Mass. General Hospital on 4/30. My surgeon is a BMW rider (2012 R1200R) so he has a certain amount of understanding about my need to get back on my R1200RT ASAP. FWIW, I am 6'4"/225#/34"inseam. Also, I'm 67 years old, FWIW.
Long story shortened, my surgeon said I can expect to be back to full riding mode on the RT on July 9 (10 weeks after the surgery), and to be able to go from MA to CA and back at the end of August. My PT looked at photos I had made of myself 1/2012 for the Russell Day-Long folks when I have my saddle amended. He said my position is "Just fine."
I think the key to all this is daily sessions at the gym, strict adherence to the regimen the PT gives you, and a positive attitude. :dance
I wish you the best, and hope you're able to visualize the best moments you've had riding...and then create even better new ones.
Hip Replacement - Six Weeks Post-Op
I just had my last visit with my surgeon today. After looking at the X-rays, and manipulating my leg some, he told me that my outcome was "perfect." He said I should come back to see him in a year. He gave the green light for bicycle riding, and said that I can get back on my R1200RT anytime I'd care to (he rides a 2012 R1200R). Needless to say, I'm going to be back in the saddle soon, but expect to keep doing the fourteen hip exercises my PT person gave me for at least six months...maybe more.
Between the PT, the pool and the bicycle I expect to keep in shape for the fun stuff...riding the RT. :dance
For those who are contemplating knee and hip replacement surgery, there is an online forum where people discuss their concerns and outcomes. Anyone can find it here: [url]http://bonesmart.org/public_forum/[/url]