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Old 05-29-20, 01:16 PM
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Knee Replacement & Cycling

Forty plus years ago I blew out my knee in a sports injury, tearing the cartilage & ligaments. As a result I had early arthroscopic surgery. I now have arthritis in the affected area, and a knee replacement is in my future. Iím a very healthy 64 y.o. with no other health issues.

I feel that I can expect a return to road riding after recovery, and would like to hear some of your experiences returning to riding after knee replacement surgery. I am more concerned about mountain biking with an artificial knee. I really enjoy mountain biking, but you do crash much more than on a road bike. So any insight from mountain bikers who have had knee replacement surgery would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 05-30-20, 04:28 PM
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Two knees replaced here. Riding is a part of PT and is great rehab. Start on a stationary to build up strength and balance.
I work in surgery. We do tons of joints. I quit mt bikes. Risk is just too high. You wonít knock your implants loose. But, a break around the implant is really tough to fix. Google peri prosthetic fracture. I have seen someone who fell and sheared the replacement patella off . If you choose to continue, get high quality knee guards, even if you only use them on bad descents. Just depends. We all have what our level of acceptable risk is. Mine is fire roads, and carefully chosen trails. I donít want to fall.....
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I had a complete knee replacement in the summer of 2017. All went well and I was hiking and cycling within four months. Within six months I was skiing again, both cross country and downhill. My knee causes me no discomfort or pain, but I am careful when I ski. Everything depends on how successful the surgery is. That said, all the people I know who have had replacements have done well. Good luck.
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See the thread in the Pills and Ills subforum here. Comment in that thread if you like.
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TKR for me 10 yrs ago. Bikes are ESSENTIAL to your prep and recovery. Prior to, i rode 1500 miles in six months for strength. After, I had my bike on a wind trainer and hopped on after four days doing nothing more than rocking back and forth. It took about three weeks before I could get it all the way around (seat as high as possible). Range of motion is your biggest threat and goal. Riding a bike gives you that range of motion you so desperately need. Everyone I know who had a TKR used a bike as part of their recovery. Even those who are not cyclists have used bikes on a wind trainer.
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One of my friends is speedskating (real fast) with a replacement knee.
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