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    FWIW from a guy who manufactured NSAIDS and many other drugs for a career- take safety warnings about those things seriously. Take as little as possible to get relief and never even consider exceeding label limitations! Far too may folks injure or kill themselves with these things thinking they can write their own rules and that's a real and daily tragedy. Just because you can buy many without a prescription doesn't mean they're harmless or totally innocuous- and there are some pretty hardcore FDA required warnings on the inserts for the Rx ones.

    Don't get addicted to oxy either. My daughter runs a national tox database on that stuff (paid for by industry) and the numbers are huge due primarily to illegal supply in FL. Like many drugs in that class, total national production is DEA limited but even that hasn't helped much, yet.

    Exercise- sooner or later for load bearing stuff like hips doing symmetrical exercises becomes important. Early rehab can focus on specific local muscle groups but the compensation that can develop can cause other issues. Watched my wife go through that progression after a back surgery..

    I've got a sister who is struggling with a hip replacement that ended up with one leg too long. Sounds like you've got a better surgical result than she did.

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    My wife is 5'2" but doesn't ride (but does 2 up w/me). Curious how long ago you had your THR?? She is a little over 2 yrs post-op and doing great.
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    Best to ya'll:)

    My best friend had hers done about 3 years ago and was riding horses 6 months later or sooner. Still all good. She is about to go in for the other hip soon and I hear most end up having both replaced eventually. These new hips seem to be much better than the original bones, I hear. Best regards. Randy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    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.

    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: http://bonesmart.org/public_forum/


    Wow! Fantastic news!

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    Talking You may not have to give up two wheels

    The Motorcycle Ergonomics site is a good start. But it is not perfect. Among other things it does not take into consideration the weight of the rider which compresses the seat-and that can change hip, knee, and other angles very subtly.

    But please note that BMW motorcycles (other than the R12C's) have the distinctive European riding position where the foot pegs are behind the knee. Therefore one is loading up the knee and hip areas. I have the same problem. And I am doing more Yoga than ever before with an emphasis on hip and groin openers-it works.

    So in order to decrease the stress on the knees, hips and back one can:
    1: get a higher seat
    2; Get the kits for lowering and moving forward the foot pegs, shifter , and brake pedals.
    3.) employ barbacks and risers for the handlebars.

    Each of the above will incrementally open up the knee angles and soften hips to knees. Unfortunately you will spend a lot of money, and you may not get the desired effect. Remember, adding a half inch here or there, really only softens the angles a few degrees. Been there-done that.

    My next BMW will be an R12C. If I cannot find a clean used R12C, then I am off to a different brand in the 800-900cc cruiser style/midway controls type of bike. Unless you can perfect your riding position on current BMW, you are probably headed in the same direction.

    My physical therapist who works with athletes, dancers, people like us and others put it like this: "Motorcycles are a bit like shoes. They should feel comfortable from the onset without modifications". He may be right.
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    I had my right hip replaced at age 43 and bought a K100RT six months later and have ridden since. This March 22 I had my left hip replaced and was on the bike 7 weeks later. I just rode to my surgeon's office 140 miles away and when he saw my K1200LT from the exam room window he laughed and shook his head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!).

    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. 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.
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    Both hips replaced about 12 years ago..play very close attention to your hip precautions..as I did not and ended up with a anterior hip dislocation while trying to through my right leg over using the normal manner. Now use the step up using the foot peg side stand down method.

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    Hip Precautions

    I had my right THR nine weeks ago. Surgeon told me I could start riding again at six weeks. Before the THR I was stepping on the left peg to get on the bike. I guess I'll go back to that method. Do you get off the same way Clay?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ExGMan View Post
    I had my right THR nine weeks ago. Surgeon told me I could start riding again at six weeks. Before the THR I was stepping on the left peg to get on the bike. I guess I'll go back to that method. Do you get off the same way Clay?
    Yes! especially on a tall GSA with ESA setting for two up..suspension is set way up..

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    My father had a THR a few years back. He does not ride but he is a guy who was in management all his career and is not used to people telling him what to do as he told others what to do. He was given exercises to do and was told a couple of body positions to not get into. He had his knees together and bent over and the hip dislocated. I was at the hospital with him and It was really painful from what I could tell. The Dr told my dad the worst things on the artificial hip is the golf cart.People tent to step off the cart before it is completely stopped and it is the perfect angle to knock it out of socket. My father was also told that 2 times is all the hips can be knocked out of socket before they have to be replaced. So please be careful with those hips. And no matter what the manufactures say nothing beats gods work. Our hips are the best there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layton View Post
    My father had a THR a few years back. He does not ride but he is a guy who was in management all his career and is not used to people telling him what to do as he told others what to do. He was given exercises to do and was told a couple of body positions to not get into. He had his knees together and bent over and the hip dislocated. I was at the hospital with him and It was really painful from what I could tell. The Dr told my dad the worst things on the artificial hip is the golf cart.People tent to step off the cart before it is completely stopped and it is the perfect angle to knock it out of socket. My father was also told that 2 times is all the hips can be knocked out of socket before they have to be replaced. So please be careful with those hips. And no matter what the manufactures say nothing beats gods work. Our hips are the best there is.
    There is another procedure that I've been told if one has had multiple dislocations..is a band is placed around the ligaments to tighten that area where it has been weakened/stretched beyond rest and rehab. Advise to contact a sports orthopod for the lastest procedure(s).

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    Hip Update....

    First...thank you very much for all the positive input and suggestions. Since my initial post, my left hip replacement schedule has accelerated quite a bit! Instead of what I thought would be a "couple" of years, has turned into a "couple" of months - 10/24/12! After lookng at a fresh set of xrays, it is obvious it is time now...not later. I selected 10/24 so I wouldn't miss our grandson's 2nd birthday party and get a few more longer rides in - gotta set priorities !

    I did some PT a few months ago and keep up with the exercises he gave me and actually feel pretty good, all things considered. The doctor is confident the replacement of the second hip will help minimize (hopefully eliminate) my replaced hip / thigh area pain due to the extra pressure I am putting on the replaced hip to compensate for the hip to-be-replaced.

    I am still able to ride and we did a 300 mile or so day but, was getting sore towards the end of the day. Lowering of my F650GS with Kouba links and a lower saddle (Corbin) coupled with bar backs has put me firmly flat footed on both feet and a VERY comfortable riding position....thanks hubby!

    We did attend the National in Sedalia (AWESOME rally!) but, drove instead of rode. However, I am being optimistic as we made RSVPs for Salem next year and there is NO WAY we will be driving to that one!

    Just an update and thanks again to all the posts on this!

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    Right hip replaced two three years ago. Left hip in the future. My wife and I ride two up. I have no plans to stop riding in the future.
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    Hip replacement

    This reply is late to the thread but please look into Anterior hip replacement.
    When you get the other side replaced get an anterior replacement not the old fashioned posterior replacement.
    My father had it done in southeast Georgia a few years ago and the process is so much better for the intitial healing process and then a normal lifestyle.
    A close friend had the posterior implant 10 years ago and he is fine but he has the same fears you do about popping that design out of the socket.

    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!).

    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. 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.

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