Motorcycle Riding after Hip Replacement

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  1. Photog

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    I have a surgical consult on 6/2 to figure out if Birmingham is the next step. :D
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  2. jstcrashnthru

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    Bet you'll feel a lot better now. :D Grats!
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  3. Bigger Al

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    AWRIGHT!!!! :clap :wings :rayof

    That's fantastic news, Photog! I'm at T-minus 14 days and counting, and I just can't wait to get it done. I honestly don't know how long it's going to take to adjust to having no pain in the hip, but man, am I ever looking forward to finding out!

    Unfortunately, the surgeon isn't 100% certain that the Birmingham is what's going to be used. He won't know until he gets inside, but at this point I'll be thrilled with whatever he does.

    Let me know what your consulting MD says.........
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  4. doctor_big

    doctor_big It hurts when I fall down

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    Hey! How did it go?

    Thx,
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  5. Vetus Dorkus

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    I have been putting off total hip arthroplasty for a while for this reason. Stupid me thinks that I will need one someday and will have to settle down afterwards so just use it until it breaks or cant walk anymore. Maybe I should rethink this.


    Thanks for the post.


    /still waiting for a star trek beaming type surgery, no blades near my....
    //Dx AVN R femoral head in 1975 (15yo), kinda used to the daily pain...the 'other' pain has made me cry in my sleep (I man up when i wake up tho...:D )
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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Sounds great!! I had my hip redurfaced on Thusday morning, and I came home last night. My leg is still epically swelled up, but the pain isn't really too bad. I'm having a terrible time sleeping since they put me on Vicodin, so tomorrow I'm going to call and find out what else I can take.

    I'm going to be on the crutches for 6 weeks with no weight bearing, and they'll evaluate me after that to see if I can start walking again. Jeebus, I can't wait!!
    It's going to be some time before I get on the bike, though............
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  7. doctor_big

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    Yours and Clyde's stories fit with my impression of what this operation will be like, more so than the walking-a-mile-in-ten-days scenario. Still, at home a few days after an operation of this magnitude is still pretty damn astonishing! Good to hear that it's bearable.

    Please keep us posted.

    Thanks, and good healing!

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  8. Bigger Al

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    Yeah, it's bearable, and in fact, the pain today is much less than yesterday. We're all pretty restless when it comes to being told to stay still for any length of time, and this seems like a prison sentence right now. Soon enough, it'll be in the rearview mirror and shrinking fast.
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    I'm happy to hear it's working out well for you guys. :D
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  10. Bigger Al

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    Thanks, man! I just got to take my first shower since the surgery, and it feels so good to be human again.
    I know this whole thing is going to be great; I moved my leg this morning in a way that would normally make me wince in pain, but today it didn't even twinge a bit. Damn, this is really going to be cool once I can use it.:clap
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    That's about three weeks and you're full weight-bearing! Eggcellent!

    JT
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    Wow...I've wondered what that would be like--moving in that way that normally produces that pain and not feeling it. :clap That's got to be cool and sorta weird at the same time to not get that pain you've been so used to.

    FWIW, looks like I'm not a good candidate for resurfacing but we'll get another opinion. Looks like THR for both sides, metal-metal, and a shot of radiation. I'm going to do another round of injections on Tuesday, more PT, re-evaluate, and if I'm not feeling like things are extendable, may get both replaced this winter...around November.

    Thanks for posting all this info--it really does help as I'm looking ahead. I'm following every word. :clap
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  13. Bigger Al

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    Keep the faith, Photog. I waited about 8 years to get to this point, and I consider myself to be one lucky pup to have gotten the procedure that I wanted the most. The attitude that I recieved in November when I spoke with the surgeons was that the degeneration in my hip had gotten to the point that a resurfacing wasn't going to be a viable alternative. Nautrally, I was delighted to awake in recovery and be told that it had indeed been done.

    It is a bit odd to not feel the same old pain. It's also odd when I move my leg due to the obvious changes in length and leg angle that were made. I'm getting used to it, but it's just wierd.

    I walked about 125 yards uphill on my crutches at my daughter's high school graduation last night, and I can truthfully say that I felt better, with less pain, than I did beforehand. Again, weird. But pretty f-in' cool!:clap

    Photog, I can only tell you now that I wish I would have done this years ago. I'm 9 days since surgery and the pain level is so much less than it was before, even sporting a 9-inch incision and with all of the muscle pulling and moving that was done. I have lived in a kind of misery that only someone like you or another sufferer can understand, and the relief that has been given to me is beyond anything that I dreamed about. I really hope that you get the work done as soon as you possibly can. I'm happier now than I have been for 10+ years, because as good as it is, I know that it's still going to get even better. That really just blows my mind.
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    I cried reading that.

    I'm so happy for you. I think you know what I mean.
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    Believe me, between my daughter graduating and having my life changed so drastically for the better, I've shed more than a few tears myself.

    It feels so good to be happy and positive again. I'd almost forgotten what it was like.
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    I am really going to look into it now (got to see how much it will cost us first), I tried sitting on my dads K1200LT and could not, how can I steal, umm, borrow his bike if I cannot sit on it?

    The real reason I need to do somthing about it is that I was loading my bike and my sons bike into the truck and my damn leg stopped working again. I fell off the ramp but the bike was far enough in as to be stopped from falling off of the ramp (and on to me) by the end of the bed. I either have to stop doing fun things or get this fixed. Oh yea, I really could not stand to sit on the LT...damn.

    A nice thing is that I live near Houston, I am sure I can find a good Orthopod at the Texas Medical Center, maybe even a biker:clap .
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    I talked to a great many people prior to my surgery about their experiences, and the main thread that ran through each conversation was this: Almost every single person wished that they had not waited as long to have the work done. I've always considered myself to be a strong individual, and I waited as long as I could becasue I believed that I could tough it out. I now know that I was a damned fool for waiting so long. Not only did suffer with pain, but my family, friends, coworkers, etc., suffered my nasty moods and unpleasant disposition. Frankly, I've been an asshole for years due to the fact that I was hurting (there were other factors, too, but the pain didn't help.:deal ) .
    I guess that what I'm trying to say is this: don't wait. If there's any possible way to get the process started, then by all means do so. You'll be happier, your family and friends will be happier, and your life will improve in ways that you can't imagine.

    Life's too short to hurt so much.
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  18. password?

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    Hi all, I came across thread after googling "hip replacment+Motorcycle Racing" :rofl

    I was wondering if there was a riding/racing life after hip replacment... Turns out there is! I'm just home from rehab after bi-lateral total hip replacment (both sides at once) and already life is good. At 4 weeks I'm walking with-out sticks and are pretty much pain free. Quite amazing! Infact I can do more now than in along time, though I still get tired pretty quickly.

    I can appreciate everything that has been said here regarding the pain stuffed hips cause, and the cost they have on your quality of life and relationships. Cronic pain is a diease in itself and should not be lived with when the simple alternative of having a hip replaced is available. My hips degenerated quickly over 2 years, at the end I was ready to be put down if relief from the pain was not available... Seriously.

    I'm an ex-road racer now, though My Doc, who is highly rated rekons, that after recovery and extensive rebuilding of all the wasted muscle, that track riding will be okay. I asked about damaging the hip if I happened to have a big or nasty off, and he said dislocation was probably the worst thing that could occur, and if I broke the bone, it all could be put back together without too much more trouble than if it was a virgin bone:clap How many superbike or gp riders damage their hips? I can't remember in the past of ever hearing of such an injury.

    So I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not going to wrap myself in cotton wool.... I'm going to get out there (when strong) and play!

    After stumbling apon this fantastic site, I think I'm going to buy a dual-sport and do some adventure riding as well:evil

    So my advice in relation to hip replacment,or resurfacing is this...
    Don't delay! Take out private health insurance (keep in mind waiting periods for pre-existing injurys) ... my surgery and rehab cost me around a thousand dollars though the bill was just on 40K. Work hard at rehab and rebuild lost condition quickly. Then get out there and have fun! See you all around....
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  19. jstcrashnthru

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    I've probably said this before, but it bears repeating.

    If you need to have a hip or knee done, don't wait! The longer you wait to have a hip or knee done, the worse you are probably making it on yourself in the long run. Recovery can take much longer because those muscles have not been used in months or years.

    I know it's tough to make the desicion to have it done. It took me months to talk my stepdad into getting his hip done. It wasn't until he could hardly walk that he finally went and had it done. A couple of weeks after surgery, he said he wished he wouldn't have waited. He was in pain everyday for almost three years. A month after surgery, and he's a mall walker along with my mom.

    I'm so happy to hear that things are working out well for those of you that have had this done. The goal is always to make patients ambulatory and pain free.
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  20. Bigger Al

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    That's great news!! I'm 18 days from my first post-surgery checkup, and I'm guessing that they'll give me a cane to play with at that point.
    I have been out to the garage and sat on both bikes (jeez, how can I not?:evil ) and the difference in how it feels is incredible. It's literally been 20 years since it didn't hurt to climb on to a motorcycle.
    I'm very much looking forward to the first time that I can hike a short trail with my wife and daughters, and that time is getting closer and closer.
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