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Old 04-27-06, 11:51 AM   #1
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hip replacement surgery

hi Iam 47 this summer I am going to have total hip replacement surgery. Even though the doctors have said that cycling should not be a problem. I would like to know wether or not i will be at the level i was at prior to my surgery. I was biking 350-500k/week, untill two years ago when severe arthritis set in. I was also wondering if anyone had any advice on exercises which will increase my ability to recover from this surgery and get back on a bike.


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Old 04-27-06, 11:54 AM   #2
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We have just the man for you!

Hipcycler is his name. He should pop in any time now.
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Damn, I had a smart alec response that I just couldn't type fast enough.

In any event, as Hipcycler will tell you, it is also important to know that not only does the surgery not prevent you from cycling or even racing, it does not limit in the least your ability to where fashionable clothing.

Now please Hip, explain the vagaries of not only feeling good but looking good.
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Somebody take that pie away from Hip and tell him to answer the OP.
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hi Iam 47 this summer I am going to have total hip replacement surgery. Even though the doctors have said that cycling should not be a problem. I would like to know wether or not i will be at the level i was at prior to my surgery. I was biking 350-500k/week, untill two years ago when severe arthritis set in. I was also wondering if anyone had any advice on exercises which will increase my ability to recover from this surgery and get back on a bike.


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Hi Lisa....I just had my hip replaced in Jan 06. I do not know how bad your condition is, but I was a runner before cycling and had to give that up. I cannot tell you that you will be at the same level after surgery due to the recovery period. I can tell you that I am currently doing doing all sorts of activities that I could not do just 6 mos ago. I can cycle with no problem. Only thing I cant or wont do is run. I havent felt this good in years!!! You'll be happy you had the surgery.

As far as exercises are concerned, the therapist will set you up with those. I did adductor exercises, straight leg raises, hip flexor exercise and things of that nature. Your best bet is to be in the best shape you can prior to surgery to aid in a swifter recovery.

Feel free to ask any other questions. I'll be happy to answer.
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Wow. Didn't realize that you just got your new hip! 3 months on and your out on the bike? That's impressive.

My father had his hip done on St Pat's '05, and got an all clear to do just about anything (apart from riding horses and sitting inidan style) this March. I just dropped his 18 year old Puch at the LBS for a service, at his request.



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Hi Lisa....I just had my hip replaced in Jan 06. I do not know how bad your condition is, but I was a runner before cycling and had to give that up. I cannot tell you that you will be at the same level after surgery due to the recovery period. I can tell you that I am currently doing doing all sorts of activities that I could not do just 6 mos ago. I can cycle with no problem. Only thing I cant or wont do is run. I havent felt this good in years!!! You'll be happy you had the surgery.

As far as exercises are concerned, the therapist will set you up with those. I did adductor exercises, straight leg raises, hip flexor exercise and things of that nature. Your best bet is to be in the best shape you can prior to surgery to aid in a swifter recovery.

Feel free to ask any other questions. I'll be happy to answer.
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Wow. Didn't realize that you just got your new hip! 3 months on and your out on the bike? That's impressive.

My father had his hip done on St Pat's '05, and got an all clear to do just about anything (apart from riding horses and sitting inidan style) this March. I just dropped his 18 year old Puch at the LBS for a service, at his request.

I had it done on Jan 12th and waited the 8 weeks like they said so I was back on the bike by March 12. I was in pretty good shape with fairly strong leg muscles when I had it done so that helped. Quite frankly it was pretty amazing considering the type of surgery it was!
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my dad (who is 64) had total hip replacement in Feb. He waited 7 year before finally having it done. The replacement lasts about 20 years. He figures that he won't have to do it again. Part of his rehab was riding a stationary for 10 mins. a day. He doesn't ride a bike , so for him the 10 mins. were a lot. He's now back to doing just about everything he was before and now wants a stationary bike for his home. So I guess you should be able to go back to your normal routine. Try and get a good P.T. I think that's crucial. Also, my dad said the hip pain was gone the day after surgery. HE had the normal pain from surgery but that was it.
Best of luck w/ the surgery and rehab.
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my dad (who is 64) had total hip replacement in Feb. He waited 7 year before finally having it done. The replacement lasts about 20 years. He figures that he won't have to do it again. Part of his rehab was riding a stationary for 10 mins. a day. He doesn't ride a bike , so for him the 10 mins. were a lot. He's now back to doing just about everything he was before and now wants a stationary bike for his home. So I guess you should be able to go back to your normal routine. Try and get a good P.T. I think that's crucial. Also, my dad said the hip pain was gone the day after surgery. HE had the normal pain from surgery but that was it.
Best of luck w/ the surgery and rehab.

Yep..it sure was!!!
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Hip is either on the air or out buying new digs - he'll chime in soon.
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I told a friend who works in sales for a company that manufactures artificial hips that I thought hip replacements would someday be a matter of preventive maintenance. I thought she'd be all over that (I only said it to get into her pants). She disagreed. At any rate, hip replacements are much more commonplace than they were ten years ago and seem to be a good alternative to suffereing.
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Try and get a good P.T. I think that's crucial. Also, my dad said the hip pain was gone the day after surgery. HE had the normal pain from surgery but that was it.
Best of luck w/ the surgery and rehab.
My father's situation was similar to your fathers - he was walking better the day after the surgery than he was the day before surgery.

One thing about the PT: my father didn't really have any. Yes, there was someone to explain all the things he couldn't do for the 3 month period after the surgery, and what excerises were helpful to recovery, but that was it. As he kept repeating - the only therapy is walking.
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Just saw this....

Please feel free to mail me with any questions. I always take time out to talk to people about this because I went through it all with so many questions and a lot of fear.

Do it.
Do it.
and then do it!

Look at my avatar.
That's me from post-surgery in Dec. of 2000.

I was in bad shape too....took a lot of rehab to learn to walk right again after limping for years.
I no longer run. I no longer play tennis. I discovered cycling as part of my re-hab and have never looked back.

Each season I have put on more miles and done more things, including some races. I train daily, as you can see from my blog (link in my sig)

If I can do it.
You can do it.

Please feel free to contact me.

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Wow Hip, you're both 47 and you both have a new Hip. It's a match made in heaven!
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I'm thinking Lisa could be the Knave. Too many koinkydinks going on here.
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I'm thinking Lisa could be the Knave. Too many koinkydinks going on here.
Gad-ZOOKS!
Could it be true.

Say it ain't so Lisa!
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