Motorcycle Riding after Hip Replacement

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by custmmc, Nov 3, 2007.

  1. custmmc

    custmmc Been here awhile

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    Can you give us some more information on what would disqualify someone from getting a hip resurfacing? The doctor said I did not qualify, but during the office visit we had so many other questions to ask that we did not follow up on the resurfacing issue. I would prefer the resurfacing because it allows for more long term options.

    I would also like to know more about a hip fusion. Would it be possible to ride motorcycles at all after a hip fusion? During my first doctor consultation he suggested hip fusion, but at the next visit he said I should not consider fusion.

    Thanks to all for contributing. This is great information, please keep it coming. I will continue to collect comments for a few more days, and then try to summarize what I learned from this and other postings.

    I look forward to the day that I can enjoy riding something more entertaining than the electric shopping carts at Wal-Mart.

    Ron
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  2. custmmc

    custmmc Been here awhile

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    Have you had the "pin" hardware on your femoral head since 1988, or did you have a pelvic fracture? Is your pain a result of AVN or something else? Lasting for ten years after hip trauma seems very impressive to me. A year and a half after the accident, I returned to work for three weeks. Due to the increased activity (a lot of walking) the hardware "pin" on my femoral head was irritating the tendon on the outside of my leg. During the surgery in June 2006 to remove the hardware, I got an infection, and have not yet been able to recover. Doctor and Hospital selection is critical to the success of any surgery.

    Hope the hip resurfacing works for you, and you have a quick recovery. Please keep me updated.

    Ron
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  3. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Age and activity level. The younger (under 55 or so) and the more active the better.

    AVN...avascualr necrosis...can't do a Birmingham. AVN basically means that the bone is starved of blood supply and starts to degrade.

    Presence of a lot of ostephytes (bone spurs). Can make it very difficult to get a good resurfacing.

    Overall condition of the femoral head (the ball part) and the acetabulum (the socket part). If there has been bone on bone contact for a long period of time, the femoral head will actually grind down.

    Other damage, such as a fracture.

    If you qualify, a Birmingham is a great option. But that's not to say that a good orthopedic surgeon won't be able to give you a similar result using a traditional total hip procedure. As I said before, these things have come a long way and it's not unusual for patients to get 15-20 years out of a total hip. With the new technologies, some patients may even get a lifetime out of a single hip.

    You might want to ask your doctor about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) as well. We use it pretty extensively and the results are pretty damn amazing.
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  4. quinnman

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    i am 35 years old and got my hip replaced 4 years ago. I used to road race and had a fast highside at willlow springs. The whole right side of my body was pretty banged up. That was in 97. The doctors fixed everything up except for my hip. They did not know it was dammaged unitl later.

    The doctor that i was going to told me i was too young for a hip replacement and that i should get use not doing anything high impact. I told the doc to stck it and did a bunch of research. I found a really cool doc who worked w/ me over a 5 year period. In the begining he just scoped my hip and cleaned up the damaged bits. He said to try and wait for a little bit because the technolgy for the replacement was getting way better.

    So i waited then when the pain was too much i did it. it was like having a different body. I ride my dirt bike at least everyother weekend. I go snowboarding in the winter. i hike and mt bike. The more i do the better i feel. If i get lazy thats when things start to stiffen up. You just gotta stay inshape, which is better any way.

    I say do it.
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    eddyline Adventure Commuter

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  6. custmmc

    custmmc Been here awhile

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    I sent you a PM.

    I would like to get more information about your surgery.

    Did you have AVN?

    Thanks,

    Ron
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  7. Foot dragger

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    Always get a second opinion on something this serious.
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  8. guzzidave21

    guzzidave21 The Professor

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    I am very interested in this thread as well.
    My bike just isn't very hip at all. But I do enjoy riding it.
    I don't know whether to get a hip new bike or try for a complete restoration on the old one.
    Any ideas?
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  9. jonz

    jonz Miles are my mantra

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    Larry Roessler had a hip replacement and is back racing off road. One of my riding partners races District 37 in the same class as Roessler says he is back racing smoking fast. Maybe you'd want to give him a call at his shop.
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  10. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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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
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  11. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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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.
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  12. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Will do, and thanks for the heads-up!!
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  13. bajaburro

    bajaburro Ancient Adventurer

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    my ex-race partner had a hip replacement at 58 and still goes strong off road.:clap
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  14. Larstorders

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    Hi<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p> custmmc. Sorry for a late reply
    I’m sure you’ve now got a good idea of the type of surgery you will require. <o:p></o:p>
    Avascular- anything is not good and as you know a precursor to infection so sooner rather than later, yeh.<o:p></o:p>
    A few points you may find helpful: <o:p></o:p>
    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. It’s important to know, therefore, where the true interest of your surgeons lies.<o:p></o:p>
    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.<o:p></o:p>
    Dislocation is your biggest short term risk for off-roading. When you’re back, riding, find a proper sports physiotherapist and get help tuning in those muscles, essential.<o:p></o:p>
    Hip replacement isn’t my specialist area, but over the years I’ve had my share of experience in this surgery. <o:p></o:p>
    I’d say YOUR PRIORITY SHOULD BE TO FIND A GOOD SURGEON.<o:p></o:p>
    Work with him, or her. A good surgeon will not expose you to unnecessary risk. Everything else is secondary.<o:p></o:p>
    Good luck.<o:p></o:p>
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  15. Neubz

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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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  16. jstcrashnthru

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    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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  17. reepicheep

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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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  18. frictionzone

    frictionzone On a mission from God

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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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  19. rufus115

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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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  20. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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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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