Motorcycle Riding after Hip Replacement

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

  1. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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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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  2. johnpitts01

    johnpitts01 Long timer

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    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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  3. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    :clap 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:clap
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  4. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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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?

    Thanks all,
    Jason
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  5. Neubz

    Neubz Been here awhile

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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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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Take it from a guy with Crohn's disease. I had a colostomy in 2003 at the tender age of 38. I also have Hep-C. I recieved that little gift in the blood transfusions that saved my life after an accident in 1988. That was the same accident that broke my leg and started the degradation of my hip. Thanks to the Hep, I can't take any of the arthritis meds or anti-inflammatories that bring relief to so many others. It can always get worse. The silver lining of these hip problems is that help and pain relief are very real, very possible, and very accessible. I deeply regret waiting as long as I have to schedule surgery, as I've missed out on so many things. Just today my family and I went out to a local mall for some post-Christmas bargain hunting, and I had to cut my time short becuase it was just too painful to walk more than 100 yards or so at a time. I'm no fan of malls, but spending time with my wife and daughters suffers because of the hip.
    Take this advice from someone who has had constant pain for almost 20 years: get yourself repaired as soon as you can. It's about quality of life, and life's too short to hurt.
    I've got 71 days of pain to go.......................
    Best of luck!!
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  7. Dirtnadvil

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    As far as pain it can get very severe. I ended up with an ulcer in my esophogus from all of the anti-inflamatories I've been on over the years. Even with meds I had pain down both legs and across my lower back. Anyone who is in pain from a bum hip know this; it wont get better by itself. The hip replacement went pretty smooth for me. Two weeks of taking it real easy, walking with a cane (walker first 3 days) The healing happens fast. If my job wasn't physical I would of gone back after two weeks. I stopped using the cane around the house after 3 weeks, however I used it for walks for up to 2 months. (I was walking a mile after 10 days). I'm glad that there is such a good outcome with this surgery, I thought I was going to lose my job and not have the active life that I have always lived. Anyone on the fence about having it done or anyone who wants to talk about it please PM me. This operation has given me a huge part of my life back, not to mention I'm funner to be around..........John
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  8. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    This is a bit of a relief, hearing this. It hurts all down the sides and front of both legs (some days one, some days the other) and across my lower back and into my ass-cheeks. I was in denial about this being hip OA, as it didn't seem to fit the common perception of this goddam disease.

    Thanks for the encouragement, and it's fantastic to hear that it's possible (but I imagine atypical) to recover at this speed. I am only now coming to terms with the concept of having this done, and I don't think I'm yet at the stage where I'm ready mentally or in need physically to undergo the procedure. But I know it's coming, and sooner rather than later. Perhaps next winter?
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  9. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    Hey I went through the same proccess of preparing myself for surgery. I was never ready. I have only had braces and Wisdom teeth pulled and that was 30 years ago. Once I made an appointment, I stopped worrying about it. I had already done enough of worrying. I have a few friends who have already done the surgery and they kind of shamed me into it. So I know where you are coming from. All I can say is that I should of done it sooner.
    After you have the surgery it is like you have been given a second chance. I am going nuts now, looking at maps, planning future rides and trips with the family. I had lost the motivation over the last couple of years. I hope your surgery goes good when you have it done.....John
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  10. Swinefahrt

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    I've followed this thread but I have been reluctant to post.

    I had my first hip replacement in 1975 (Hip replacement Dark Age) when I was 25; it lasted 10 years. Unfortunately my doctor (not the original doctor) told me to go as long as I could tolerate the pain before having a hip revision. I was still a young man at 35 and I could tolerate pain using motrin, etc.

    Finally I couldn't deal with the severe pain and I had the surgery done. The doctor was shocked at the damage done by my loose hip prosthesis. In effect, the loose femoral emplant acted like a piston, hogging out the femur and collapsing the top of the bone. The doctor was unprepared for this and the result was a half-assed surgery.

    Within two years I began to have pain again because of the poor fit. I didn't look for an attorney. I wanted a damn good doctor to fix this. I subsequently moved to Houston, a city known for world class medicine. So after carefully inquiring, I saw three doctors. One flatly told me that he wasn't qualified and I needed a better doctor than himself. I can't tell you how sobering that was for me.

    I saw two more surgerons and finally settled on one of them, though either one would have been capable. These doctors only do hips and knees.

    The time came for surgery and because of the previous screwup I had a long recuperation, spending 5 weeks in the hospital, riding a bed pan and essentially becoming depressed. But leaving the hospital had me back in a positive light.

    I can't stress how important physical therapy is for the patient's recovery. You will have to dig deep sometimes and overcome the "suffering" but it pays huge dividends. This brings me to the point I want to make for people who wait too long to have the initial surgery. The pain that you are experiencing is reducing your activities to the point of an elderly person. After surgery, the hip pain will be gone but you will have to recover muscularly and mentally to stop moving in the "old manner" and begin moving like you're healed. This will save your back.

    So, don't wait too long.

    After 16 years my third hip's socket loosened but was easily replaced with a 72 hour hospital stay. I still have the third prosthesis and it looks good.

    Currently I'm in a study using Fosomax, a bone density medicine primarly used by women for osteoporosis. This may help with loosening of the prosthesis and the cup (the socket portion of the hip replacement).

    I've rambled as I feared I would.

    So in conclusion:

    Don 't wait too long.

    Follow post surgery therapy deligently. If the doctor doesn't recommend any then get on an excercise bike. This will get you moving with little weight bearing. Personally, I rode road bicycles after my third surgery averaging 5000 miles per year.

    Get as many doctor opinions that you can - Don't make the same mistake as me. My personal experience indicated specialists in hips and knees are preferred.

    DON'T WAIT TOO LONG! I'm not kidding about this.
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  11. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    Sorry to hear about all of the suffering you have had.
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  12. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Amen! Don't go to a spine guy "that also does joints". Don't go to a general guy "that also does joints". Go to a real orthopedic surgeon that trained and specializes in hip and knee surgery.
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  13. johno

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    Shit I feel good!:D
    At 54, all I need to keep alive is a new pacemaker, and a new heart valve.:cry
    It is surprising reading this thread how many young people have joint problems. Not good.
    I believe you have to live your life to the fullest. You never know when you will be struck down with some problem that may change your whole life.
    I have a family history of heart, and joint (body parts, not the smoking variety) problems.
    So far, plenty of lower back problems from too much heavy lifting when young, and arthritis is knocking on the door as well.
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  14. MrVvrroomm

    MrVvrroomm Been here awhile

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    I had a full hip replacement November 20, 2007. Yes 2 months ago.

    My hip was worn out from arthritis and abuse. I'm 46 years old.

    I had my surgery on a Tuesday and left the hospital with a cane on Thursday. I returned to work the following Monday. This was over the Thanksgiving weekend. Yes, full hip replacement surgery and back to work within a week.

    I could barely throw my right leg over my motorcycle seat the last couple of seasons. In fact, this past summer I was stepping on the footpeg, then easing my leg over.

    My surgery was less than 2 months ago now and I've already been skiing. I'm very much looking forward to pain-free riding this next spring.

    There's no reason the cobalt/ceramic joint that was just installed shouldn't last 30 years, per my surgeon.

    If you're in pain, get it done.
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  15. Swinefahrt

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    Vvrroom, Congrats. Just one word of caution. I'm sure the doc told you that dislocation is one of the possible problems. Consequently, be careful extending/rotating the hip. I still stand on my foot pegs, getting enough height before "throwing" my right leg with the hip replacement over the seat. Its second nature to me.
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  16. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    This is fantastic!! Congratulations on getting your active life back!

    60 days to go and counting for me.......................
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  17. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Might I ask where you had this surgery done? The sick bay of the Enterprise????? This has to be the most astounding recovery time I've yet heard about.

    Congratulations. You give me hope.

    Jason
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  18. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    This isn't unusual anymore. Most places will try to get everyone up and moving within 24 hours of surgery. Some within 12. The faster you get moving the better. Realatively young and or healthy patients may even be back to work or limited work schedules within a week to 10 days.
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    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Congratulations on getting the date!:clap Mine has been pushed back from March 13th to May 29th due to some conflicts with family stuff. Jeebus, I can't wait for the pain to be a distant, fading memory.
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    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Congratulations!!:clap I had my last pre-surgery appointment this morning, and I'll have my shiny new Birmingham on 5/29!
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