Several forum posts are by riders who have had total hip replacements (THR). I need one. My research and orthopedist lead me to think that sooner is better than later. But will I be able to ride after surgery and rehab as I do now? The Doc says "yes", but then, he wants my business. He also says the experience base for cyclists following THR is sparse. So I'm turning to you guys and gals for your stories and experiences.
My background: I'm a 61 yr.-old male. I've been road riding, currently on a locally built Steelman frame with Campy components, for 10 years. I'll ride 6,000 miles this year with a lot of climbing in the local hills. I ride 3-5 centuries a year. I want to continue riding this way for another 10+ years.
Here are my questions:
When was your replacement?
Was it a standard incision or minimal incision?
What prosthetic was used -- cobalt tipped steel and highly cross-linked polyethylene or other?
Probably not cemented, right?
What has your orthopedist advised regarding riding?
How much riding and climbing are you doing these days?