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Old 05-23-21, 06:32 AM
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Cycling after hip replacement

65 years young and I just had my first hip replacement. Been a week and a half and it feels better.

I'm wanting to get back to riding, probably won't happen for a couple of months, my question is who has had the procedure and how do you feel once you started back riding?
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I had a hip fracture (not a replacement). These take longer than hip replacements to heal.

The doctor told me 12 weeks before I could walk and ride again.

I was on a trainer at 5 weeks, riding on the road at 8 weeks.

It probably took me 2 months or so after that to regain the strength. A few days per week in the weight room, and lots of riding every day.

If you have access to a trainer, I recommend you give it a try. Let pain be your guide.
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I had a total hip replacement in August 2018 caused by a bike crash. I had the procedure where they came in from the side (versus the newer anterior procedure). Recovery is different depending on the procedure. I was walking without a cane in two weeks. I started walking several miles a day in 3 weeks following along with my golf buddies. Started riding the trainer at 8 weeks. Started back road riding at 10-12 weeks. Restarted golf at 14 weeks. Note, I had to mount my bike on the trainer using a step stool as I was limited on the legs range of motion for a while.

I was able to do 5 week long bike tours in 2019 and rode 6000+ miles for the year. It took about a year for the hip to feel close to normal. It’s now been 2+ years and my cycling fitness feels like it’s returning to the pre crash level. I’m 68 years old. I’ve lost a little leg strength and also some cardio because I was off the bike for that period. It’s hard to get the cardio back to my pre crash level and I just haven’t felt like making that kind of effort.

if you have questions I’d be happy to assist. Best to follow the surgeon’s and PTs advice on what they will allow. But do listen to your body and do what you feel like doing.
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Its been about a week and a half. I had the posterior, or maybe the anterior, procedure. I am starting with a cane this week. It feels okay but no where near walking several miles. I'm hopeful that I'll get near to where you are in a couple of years but the other hip needs replacement soon.
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what weight /exercises? Upper body or legs/hips?
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I'm doing leg and hip exercises that the PT has given me. I plan to start walking once I get released from my surgeon on Thursday. Goal is to strengthen the hip so that the other can get replaced asap.
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My wife had a hip replacement in November and has been back on the bike since decent weather returned to DC in March. I broke my hip a few years back and was off the bike for several months but back to normal by the following season.
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Two weeks post op and I'm starting on stairs and walking down the driveway. I'm thinking of PT on a recumbent bike trainer.
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