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Cycling after Hip Replacement

Old 07-18-19, 10:51 AM
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Cycling after Hip Replacement

At 69 years young I will be having hip replacement surgery in January. Have any of you had this and how did it affect your cycling. Iím talking about after complete recovery. (Is there such a thing at my age?)
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Old 07-18-19, 02:01 PM
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I'm younger than you. I had THR of left hip Oct 30, 2017. I was on my bike trainer 3 weeks post op. Rode a metric century on Christmas 2017 on trainer. Rode a full imperial century on Super Bowl sunday 2018 on the trainer a week before doing a century in Palm Springs as I was cleared to ride outside before SB sunday. I wanted to watch game and needed to see if I could ride that many miles so I combined riding with watching the game. I did the century:https://www.strava.com/activities/1401602504 Not fast but not too bad. I was riding alone...no buddies to help keep me motivated thru the tough parts.

I trained for and rode AIDS/Lifecycle in June 2018 which is a 7 day ride from San Francisco to LA. I didn't ride every mile but I did really well. I did however tear my rotator cuff during the event.

I am so thankful I did the THR. I had anterior approach which made recovery easier as restrictions were not same as if you have posterior approach.
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I broke my hip in a bike crash a couple of years ago at 69 and had it pinned (sort of like a post and beam inserted into the bones). I was off the bike from the crash in late August until I took a bike trip in February. I was fine on my bike trip, no pain and no major loss in speed or distance (but I am a recreational rider in the 20-30 mile range). For what its worth, the docs and PTs told me that the surgery for the repair was a bit tougher to rehab than a hip replacement. A friend who is 68 had a hip replaced in November and was back golfing this spring and is doing fine. He was more mobile a bit faster than I was. Bottom line is if you are like me you won't even be aware of it in a few months.
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There are different procedures now. Make sure you request the Anterior surgery!!! Recovery is pretty immediate. They use a special table and go in through the front.

My total hip replacement was a day after I crashed and broke plus dislocated my femur neck. Mine was emergency surgery and I didn’t have time to do any research. I had the posterior surgery (from the side). It’s taken me about 9 months to get back to where I was pre crash. Some of that was loss of fitness.

its been 11 months and I’m doing everything I’d like to do but I wish I had my old hip!!!!
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I broke mine sliding on ice in a turn. Did not need a replacement but doctor said breaking a hip is delicate because of major blood supply area to hip can cause problems. I was fortunate 3 stainless steel screws. I was back on an indoor trainer after 5 days from surgery very easy. Only allowed to turn cranks. I did that and some self therapy and praise the Lord was able to go back to running in 15 weeks. I got out on the bike outside after for a ride on day 58. Scared the daylights out of me and still does because any time you go over something can happen. I was not going fast and did not even hit by head but landed right on side of hip.
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Had my left hip replaced in January, was fully recovered ~6 weeks later except for loss of conditioning. Be sure to get an anterior incision, the best surgeon you can find, and a good hospital. Most times, you'll be home the next day if surgery is in the morning, maybe the day after if surgery is later in the day.
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Total hip replacement for me was May 25, 2017. A bike crash caused it, but it was damaged and problematic for years. Nevertheless, it was an immediate surgery, so I had no time to research and they gave me the old school surgery via Medicare. I lived alone, so they sent me to a rehab hospital for a couple months. But, they had me on the indoor bike within a week. Six months later I was riding a new adult tricycle - balance issues from previous TBI. In 2018, I rode 4,569 miles commuting between Orange and LA Counties. Recovery is possible, but my doctor says being active is the best medicine for it.
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Old 08-21-19, 10:03 AM
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double hip replacement

had a double hip replacement at age 50( I'm 65 as I write this). Six weeks after the first replacement I rode 40 miles(flat). the second replacement took longer than six weeks for recovery but eventually rode 65-70 miles with some substantial hills. All has been fine the last 15 years.
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