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Old 11-03-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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Motorcycle Riding after Hip Replacement

I am not sure where to post this? Please move to proper location.

I am a 42 y.o. male, who is a candidate for a hip replacement. (An inattentive driver struck my motorcycle head-on.) I was an active dirt rider and occasional racer, but have been told to give up competitive/aggressive motorcycle riding. Since the accident, I have been on a couple of short (dual sport) rides, but these rides were difficult and painful (at least I was out of the house). My original injury was a Broken Left Femoral Head, but during surgery to remove the problematic hardware I ended up with an infection in the hip which caused severe cartilage damage and now AVN (Avascular Necrosis?) I am told that the replacement hip should last for approximately ten years (if physical activity is limited) and can only be rebuilt once. After that time I will be in a wheelchair.

I have put off the surgery for as long as possible, but can no longer stand the pain and limited lifestyle. Something has got to change. I am currently scheduled for hip replacement in December, but would like to know if there are any other dirt riders who had undergone a hip replacement?

How old were you at time of replacement, and what is current condition? Do you still ride/race? How soon after surgery? How often?

Do you have any suggestions/recommendations relative to living with a replacement hip?

Thanks in advance for any information!
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Old 11-03-2007, 10:12 PM   #2
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Augie, an inmate here, has had a hip replacement just recently. I don't know if he's done any dirt riding, but I know he was having a hard time riding on pavement before his surgery.

Face Plant or Thumpers might be a good place for this. Good luck on your surgery!
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Old 11-04-2007, 04:59 AM   #3
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Hip Replacement

Hi Ron,

Your story sounds as if I had written it!! Only difference is that I was hit head on while in a car in 1999. I was 42 at the time. I had many injuries, hours of surgeries, weeks of hospital stay and months of rehab, then AVN Avascular Necrosis) set in. I had my left hip replaced in Feb of 2001 with a ceramic on ceramic joint. My doctors also said, "we've given you a new hip but we really don't want you to use it as you might wear it out".
My motorcycle background is one of offroad competition (enduros "A" license in the states, Masters (AA) in Canada) I did this pretty heavily up into my late thirties when I started to do some recreational trail riding instead. The thought of not riding/racing again was almost worse than the accident itself.
I decided quite early on that life is too fucking short to be just waiting around sitting on the couch watching TV waiting for the hip to wear out. I'll deal with what ever happens in the future but for now I'm going to live life as close to normal as I can. I had also come to the conclusion that offroad competition was over for me, but I could try this Adventure riding thing, seemed like a good compromise, crashing and falling frequency would be less for sure, a calculated risk so to speak.
So 3 months after my hip replacement I found myself on a KLR 650 reaquainting myself with riding, a month later I was part of a group of Canadians who were the first to the complete the Michigan U.P. Dual Sport Safari. Now I only rode 3 of the 5 days it took us to do the ride but was back in the saddle.
Since then I've been heavily involved in Adventure riding, for five of the past years I've ran/owned an GPS Motorcycle Adventure tour company, (Rally Connex). I've gotten a little more secure off road and besides my KTM 640 Adventure I have an KTM 250 exc with which I am doing real trail rides again. I've even entered a couple of just for fun enduros, although I did find it hard not to be a racer again once I got into the first section!!
I plan to ride as long as I'm physically able and my hope is that that will be a long time.
Good luck on your decision and make sure you explore all options when it comes to types/materials of hip replacements as they can make a difference in hip longevity.
Feel free to PM me if you have any specific questions.


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I am not sure where to post this? Please move to proper location.

I am a 42 y.o. male, who is a candidate for a hip replacement. (An inattentive driver struck my motorcycle head-on.) I was an active dirt rider and occasional racer, but have been told to give up competitive/aggressive motorcycle riding. Since the accident, I have been on a couple of short (dual sport) rides, but these rides were difficult and painful (at least I was out of the house). My original injury was a Broken Left Femoral Head, but during surgery to remove the problematic hardware I ended up with an infection in the hip which caused severe cartilage damage and now AVN (Avascular Necrosis?) I am told that the replacement hip should last for approximately ten years (if physical activity is limited) and can only be rebuilt once. After that time I will be in a wheelchair.

I have put off the surgery for as long as possible, but can no longer stand the pain and limited lifestyle. Something has got to change. I am currently scheduled for hip replacement in December, but would like to know if there are any other dirt riders who had undergone a hip replacement?

How old were you at time of replacement, and what is current condition? Do you still ride/race? How soon after surgery? How often?

Do you have any suggestions/recommendations relative to living with a replacement hip?

Thanks in advance for any information!
Ron
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:43 PM   #4
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Let's try this in the Perfect Line riding forum.. you'll get more views and responses.
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Old 11-04-2007, 03:57 PM   #5
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I have a riding buddy who is on his second set of hips and a complete set of knees. He's in his seventies and rides a Yamaha F600 sport bike!

He spends nearly 200 days a year riding. Back and forth from NE to Arizona every fall and spring, sleeping in cemeteries and behind churches......

Simply amazing! He was also told "to take it easy"..........No way!

Whatever you decide....Good Luck!
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Old 11-04-2007, 04:19 PM   #6
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Ball joint replacement

Why can't someone invent/design a ball joint for a hip where the wearing surfaces are replaced but the joint connections are left intact?

The man at 40 who said his antificial hip had a 10 year life span and after that he was going to be in a wheelchair is not a good option and offers an opportunity for someone to design a better device/product.

Good luck all.
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Old 11-04-2007, 04:42 PM   #7
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I haven't had anything that you've mentioned, however, doctors are talking about a shoulder (right and I'm right handed) replacement. My problem is, that I only have one life, and I want to enjoy it the best I can. If it's going to last 10 yrs, that puts you at about 52. Then a rebuild, another 10 yrs, 62. Who knows, they might have something better in 10 yrs if you have to get it rebuilt. In my foggled pea-sized brain, to give a guy a new hip and tell him not to use it is like putting a person in an iron lung and telling them not to breathe! If you can deal with the pain, I'd be riding, but that's me!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:46 PM   #8
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Why can't someone invent/design a ball joint for a hip where the wearing surfaces are replaced but the joint connections are left intact?

The man at 40 who said his antificial hip had a 10 year life span and after that he was going to be in a wheelchair is not a good option and offers an opportunity for someone to design a better device/product.

Good luck all.

I'm 43, and I'll be having a hip resurfacing procedure done in either December or January. I was hit by a car while riding in 1988, and my hip has finally degenerated to the point that the pain is constant and excruciating. I work in a nasty blue-collar job, too, which doesn't really help.
The resurfacing procedure leaves the femoral head intact with a cobalt/chrome stell cap glued on it, and a matching socket is fitted to the acetabulum (pelvis). I'll run metal-to-metal, with yearly kidney exams to check for metal ions in the blood.
The doctors at UC Davis have told me that after a full year of properly rehabbing I'll be able to do anything that I could before I was injured.
Check out www.birminghamhipresurfacing.com for the details. Not everyone is a condidate for this type of procedure, but it sure looks promising. I'll keep everyone here informed of my progress.
Good luck to everyone out there who is going through this type of pain. There is relief available!!
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Old 11-05-2007, 07:51 AM   #9
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Call this guy. Rob has had both hips replaced and has been/still is a professional dirt bike instructor for many, many years.

http://www.elkgrove-atvsafety.com/wst_page2.html
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:10 AM   #10
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I talked to a guy last summer who was having a hip replacement, and had picked up a Burgman to ride until he felt up to swinging a leg over the seat.
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Old 11-05-2007, 08:26 AM   #11
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We do over 2500 orthopedic surgeries a year at the facility where I work. Many of our patients get well over 10 years out of a hip. Especially the healthy, active ones. You're probably not going to be bashing your new hip like you did the original, but you should be able to go back to 90% of what you were doing before. As far as replacing it once and then you're done? I'd have to call bullshit on that one. Some of our patients are on their third hip. It isn't pretty replacing it for the second time. But a good surgeon can do it.

For what it's worth, the new hip and knee technologies are light years ahead of where they were just 5-6 years ago. Poly free, metal on metal, ingrowing components, kewl stuff.
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Old 11-05-2007, 01:43 PM   #12
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Am very interested in this thread !

Mid-40's here and in the past have had L4-L5 disc done, couple L leg surgeries, L hernia (laproscopic), and,
am now due for possible fusion of L5-S1
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R hip socket replacement.
Pretty sure the back issues caused the hip issues, longterm.
Bone scan and X-rays show the obvious wear in the hip socket.

Surgery sux, but the pain is bad enough in the hip to where it wakes me at night, haven't had a good nights sleep in, oh, over a year?

But, still can't bring myself to have more surgery... HOWEVER, al that I've heard is how much happier those are that get it done.
Guess my concern is longevity and replacability.

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Old 11-05-2007, 03:51 PM   #13
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I had my right hip replaced in10/97 and the left hip replaced the following year. Life is a lot better without the constant pain. I ride dirt a little with my grandson but have never been that aggressive off road. I do ride rather aggresively on the street (at least for a 66 year old geezer). I have stepped off a time or two at speed on each hip with no problems.
As far as the new hip only lasting 10 years, that's what my surgeon told me in the years before I finally had the surgery at age 55. I think they just want you to wait as long as you can stand it. After the first surgery he told me it would be good for about 20 years. I think the new ceramic hips replacements are almost lifetime.
I quit running to lengthen the life of the replacement, martial arts and skiing as I thought those might lead to the hip dislocating. Once they come out, it's easier to happen again. Good luck. Ian, Iowa
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Old 12-31-2007, 06:42 PM   #14
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I Luv my new hip!!!!

I am a 44 y/o firefighter. I had given up surfing and other activities because I was told to ride the original hip into the ground. I got to the point that when I rode my KLR my whole body was twisted in the saddle from the pain. Enough was enough!! I had my hip replaced in August of 07, back to full duty at the end of Nov, 3 and a half months later. I am also surfinfing again and I will probably hike up Whitney this spring. Although it is still getting better I can't believe how good it feels, and I can't believe I waited this long to get the surgery. Don't wait, get the surgery done so you can live pain free. I am riding a week long portion of the CD trail with my daughter this summer in 08, couldn't have done it last year. I am not sure why the doc gave you a 10 year life on the hip. My replacement is to last me 30+ years, Titanium and Cobalt with a large surface area on the cup and ball. My surgen is one of the better ones around here. Really focus on getting the best surgen possible at a good hospital. You can't risk infection or a fuck up. Do you know what they call the guy who finishes last in Med School?............DOCTOR! PM me if you need more encouragement.....John

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We do over 2500 orthopedic surgeries a year at the facility where I work. Many of our patients get well over 10 years out of a hip. Especially the healthy, active ones. You're probably not going to be bashing your new hip like you did the original, but you should be able to go back to 90% of what you were doing before. As far as replacing it once and then you're done? I'd have to call bullshit on that one. Some of our patients are on their third hip. It isn't pretty replacing it for the second time. But a good surgeon can do it.

For what it's worth, the new hip and knee technologies are light years ahead of where they were just 5-6 years ago. Poly free, metal on metal, ingrowing components, kewl stuff.
Any chance you'd send me some suggestions on hip products to research?

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