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Old 11-25-2007, 02:42 PM   #31
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Hi Ron,
Sorry about not replying to this, but i just saw it today. My Femur was snapped in half about 4.5 inches below the femoral head, and I had a stainless steel rod inserted into the femur. It was fixed in place by two screws about 2 inches above the knee. I haven't been diagnosed with AVN, but with severe arthritis.
I went to UC Davis on Wednesday for my pre-surgery appointment, and received some distressing news: my hip has deteriorated to the point that a resurfacing procedure might not now be viable. I may have to have a complete replacement, which changes things for me considerably. Please understand that I'm not complaining. The pain is so severe that any relief will be so very welcome, but considering that I'm only 43, the replacement will place some very strict limitations on my activities.
It's been 19 years, and the end of hurting is close, so I'm a pretty happy guy.

I really wish you well in your recovery. Infection is a big fear of mine, and I feel that the choice of UC Davis Med Center is the best possible one for my area.
Take care, and please keep me updated on how you're doing.
Al
Ask your doctor if platelet gel (Platelet Rich Plasma...PRP) is available when you have your hip done. It can greatly reduce the chance of infection, help speed up the healing process, and reduce the post-op pain. We've been using it here for some time now and the results are very good.
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Old 11-30-2007, 09:13 PM   #32
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Ask your doctor if platelet gel (Platelet Rich Plasma...PRP) is available when you have your hip done. It can greatly reduce the chance of infection, help speed up the healing process, and reduce the post-op pain. We've been using it here for some time now and the results are very good.
Will do, and thanks for the heads-up!!
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:50 AM   #33
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hippy

my ex-race partner had a hip replacement at 58 and still goes strong off road.
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Old 12-09-2007, 08:07 AM   #34
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Hi custmmc. Sorry for a late reply
Iím sure youíve now got a good idea of the type of surgery you will require.
Avascular- anything is not good and as you know a precursor to infection so sooner rather than later, yeh.
A few points you may find helpful:
Many different femoral components for hip arthroplasty exist, some are easier than others to switch if wear develops. Some are very expensive some not so. Price is not an indicator of appropriateness. Itís important to know, therefore, where the true interest of your surgeons lies.
In an active recipient of a hip replacement the thing is equally likely to wear it out by coming loose from the cement mantle in the femur as it is by wear on its mechanical surface. Again, some femoral components are better than others here.
Dislocation is your biggest short term risk for off-roading. When youíre back, riding, find a proper sports physiotherapist and get help tuning in those muscles, essential.
Hip replacement isnít my specialist area, but over the years Iíve had my share of experience in this surgery.
Iíd say YOUR PRIORITY SHOULD BE TO FIND A GOOD SURGEON.
Work with him, or her. A good surgeon will not expose you to unnecessary risk. Everything else is secondary.
Good luck.
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Old 12-26-2007, 06:39 PM   #35
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Wow it is nice to read some of this. I'm 29 and about a year ago I had a total hip replacement after a head-on with a truck (in Bolivia no less) that broke the head off my femur and shattered my tibia. For those who are curious, the accident was in September of '06 and the replacement was in February of 2007, by a surgeon in the US with an excellent reputation. My new hip is all made of metal, not ceramic. I started riding again (too soon) in June when my leg was still far too weak to support a 530 pound bike. But by September and October I felt totally normal on the bike and was back to doing full day rides.

However, my concern is with off roading and enduro riding. I'm toying with the idea of buying a GS and setting off on another long trip in a couple years. However, I wonder if my leg will be up to it. Although I don't think riding in and of itself is an issue, and I don't feel any more susceptible to injury as a result of a wreck (perhaps I should be (?) ), I wonder about picking up a dropped bike. I cant imagine that it is good for a fake hip to dreadlift a fully loaded GS lying stuck in the muck sliding halfway down a hillside. And if you blow out a hip in the middle of nowhere, you could be certainly be up the creek...

Anybody with any thoughs on this or personal experiences?
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Old 12-27-2007, 01:51 AM   #36
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Wow it is nice to read some of this. I'm 29 and about a year ago I had a total hip replacement after a head-on with a truck (in Bolivia no less) that broke the head off my femur and shattered my tibia. For those who are curious, the accident was in September of '06 and the replacement was in February of 2007, by a surgeon in the US with an excellent reputation. My new hip is all made of metal, not ceramic. I started riding again (too soon) in June when my leg was still far too weak to support a 530 pound bike. But by September and October I felt totally normal on the bike and was back to doing full day rides.

However, my concern is with off roading and enduro riding. I'm toying with the idea of buying a GS and setting off on another long trip in a couple years. However, I wonder if my leg will be up to it. Although I don't think riding in and of itself is an issue, and I don't feel any more susceptible to injury as a result of a wreck (perhaps I should be (?) ), I wonder about picking up a dropped bike. I cant imagine that it is good for a fake hip to dreadlift a fully loaded GS lying stuck in the muck sliding halfway down a hillside. And if you blow out a hip in the middle of nowhere, you could be certainly be up the creek...

Anybody with any thoughs on this or personal experiences?
Worst case scenario would be that you'd put enough pressure on your tibial component to fracture the tibia. Most likely...you'll dislocate the hip first. Either way...not too fun.

But...you can greatly reduce the chance of anything happening to your hip by just working out a bit and making those leg muscles a bit stronger. That hip will probably take 90-95% of what the original hip would. But have a talk with your surgeon and bounce the idea off him. Everyone's different and he'll have the best idea of what you and your hip can take.

Maybe look at a lighter bike.
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Old 12-27-2007, 09:14 AM   #37
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Why struggle with a monster bike offroad?

Get something much lighter and with electric start, and modify it into a good street legal dual sport.

I picked up a KLR-250 as a second bike. I was not suprised it was so easy to ride off road, and so easy to pick up when it falls over. What *did* suprise me is how adequete it is as a road bike. It has enough power to cruise at 70, and to outrun your average minivan from stoplight to stoplight.

That would be a bad choice for you, as kick starting would not be hip friendly. But one of the new 400cc class of four strokes, with some brake (safety) and seat (comfort) work could be made into a decent road bike and a great dirt bike.

I know these are dangerous words here on advrider, but I don't understand people with *good* hips taking monstrously heavy street bikes off road (like the GS). Gravel road / fire road, slowly, when conditions are good... fine. Then take your GS / Ulyses / VStrom and enjoy it. Occasionally. On the right road when conditions are right... you hope.

But if you really want to do offroad, get a 200 lb *real* dirt bike. Make it a second bike, and choose the tool for the task at hand. It's much easier to live with a real dirt bike on the street, then it is to live with a real street bike on the dirt. IMHO.
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Old 12-27-2007, 12:37 PM   #38
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Howdy all, I am 40 and had a total hip replacement at thirty eight. It was my left hip, unfortunately I saw mine coming and it wasnt the result of an accident. I had worn out all the cartilage in my left hip due to the stress I was putting on the joint as a wrestler. At night I couldnt sleep and at the point where walking around the block was almost unbearable I went ahead with the operation. I cant believe I went through all that pain and should have done it earlier. As of now, I still surf and ride motorcycles, and I am contemplating taking some martial arts where I can use my wrestling. I have 90% mobility in my left hip, that remaining 10% makes itself quite noticable when I move it in the wrong way, kind of like a warning to stop here. As for dirt biking you can ride no prob, you just have to constantly be aware and focused and be mellow. Yes you have to ride conservatively but hey it is better then not riding at all. The hip replacement for me was the best thing I have done and it was the only way could live without chronic pain. They say ten years but with working out (strengthening the muscles around the hip) and not gaining weight you can make it last a lot longer. Feel free to email me if you have any questions. here is me this winter.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:24 PM   #39
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to all the guys with the hip surgery that took the time to reply, BIG UP!

Its reassuring to read that there is life after hip work....I have OA after a severe hip dislocation from a road accident on a bike, Doc said pretty much, youre gonna get a new hip at some time, look after this one well and make sure you dont go asking for a replacement at 70 as the chances of recovery are that much poorer, since i am still fairly young,35, I have to just pace myself. I can still ride road and dirt, I just limp like a monkey for a while after!
For those with OA, I have found that those chondroitin and glucosamine tabs do help somwhat, just gotta keep remebering to take them thats all
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Old 12-30-2007, 11:33 AM   #40
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I went into UC Davis for my last pre-surgery x-rays on the day before Thanksgiving, and the news was not encouraging. My hip has degraded rather severely since the last round of pictures in April, and my surgeon is now uncertain whether or not I'll be able to have the resurfacing procedure done. He'll not know what what's going to happen until the actual surgery, so I'm kind of in limbo. Of course, even with a full replacement I'll lose the horrible pain, so I really should be happy.
I took the chondroitin/glucosamine supplements for years, but they lost effectiveness about 18 months ago. The only thing that makes the hip livable is a daily dose of Aleve.

My surgery is scheduled for March 13th, and I really can't wait to be pain free.
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:05 PM   #41
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Don't sweat not getting a Birmingham. A regular total hip will last you many years. And yes...you are going to be so much happier after having your hip done. I watched my stepdad hobble around in pain for over a year before he finally agreed to have his knee done. Now he says he wished he wouldn't have waited.
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Old 12-30-2007, 02:25 PM   #42
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Hip Replacement

I had my right hip done at 35. I'm now 52.

The only activity I've avoided in those 17 years is skiing. I never skiied before the surgery. The thought of twisting my leg the wrong way with a 2 x4 attached to my foot seems a bad idea. I may try snowboarding some day. Having both legs together and facing a bit perpendicular to the motion seems like it might be ok. I will be surfing next week in Costa Rica.

As for motorcycling with an artificial hip, have a look at my adventures the past 2 years:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=272563

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=166318


On the return trip this year I did a 900 mile pavement day on the KLR.

I occasionally get some discomfort in my right knee. I don't take any mediciation regularly.

On both adventure rides, and on long days on the bike I will take 2 Ibuprofen in the morning with breakfast before the ride, then 2 again at lunch and 2 with dinner. With this regimen I have no pain and discomfort.

Oh yeah, until this year I was a soccer referee for 12 years. I officiated at the highest amateur level - high school and college age. I did countless tournaments where I would do 4 - 8 games per day for 2&3 days in a row. i gave up the officicating to ride more. The refereeing was probably too much, I would dose a bit more heavily on the Ibuprofen. But I've never had any problems with the hip.

Good luck. PM me if you want to discuss further.
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Old 12-31-2007, 05:42 PM   #43
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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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Old 01-01-2008, 04:17 PM   #44
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Hey all,

This thread holds some encouraging news. I'm 44 and have been diagnosed with severe OA in one hip, and moderate in the other. I'm getting really sore these days, with every tendon tight as a banjo string. My IT band down the outside of my leg hurts, and is very easily tweaked. It hurts down through my calf, sometimes as far down as my ankle.

Where did it hurt for you guys?

I am on Mobicox daily, and if I don't take it I seize up real bad. It really sucks, especially since this last year was one of my best riding years ever. I'm not sure what this year will hold, as I can't even sit down on a sport bike. My KTM 950SM is tolerable, position-wise, but I get the feeling I'm closer than I anticipate to a full replacement.

This really sucks. But then again, it could be worse, right?

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Old 01-01-2008, 07:45 PM   #45
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This really sucks. But then again, it could be worse, right?

Thanks all,
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You're very right. Although my hip replacement was rather recent (and I am only 29), I am very optimistic. First, I (like someone else who posted here recently) have a metal hip, which may have an indefinite lifetime (not the 10 years or so that hips were supposed to last only five years ago). It's pretty amazing the things they can do. Be happy you live in 2007. Things could be much worse.
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