Motorcycle Riding after Hip Replacement

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

  1. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Having these procedures done is all about quality of life. Being in constant, burning pain brings life down to the level of mere existance, and I also wondered if it was worth it once in a while. Having two kids and great wife keeps one from doing anything rash or stupid, though, and I now I can look forward to a life of positives.
    I, too, am an ex-roadracer, and I'm mulling over the possilibty of doing track days again. Jeez, I'm not too sure just how it's gonna fell to be able to actually move around on the bike in the corners. Most of my time on the track has benn in the classic "knees in, toes out" riding style of the 60's. Putting the right knee out was simple horrible. Not any more.:clap


    You have my undying respect for having a bi-lateral procedure done.:bow What I've gone through so far ihas been a relative piece of cake, and having both done at once looks like a real challenge. Good on you for having such a fantastic outlook for what's in store!! Life is what we make of it, and I've seen far too many people give up in the face of pain, sickness, or hardship. We only get one go around, and it's really gratifying to see that others here are sharing my opinion that making the best of it is really the only option.


    BTW, Larry Pegram, an American roadracer, had a full hip replcement done sometime in the 90's. He's an ex-dirt tracker, and had too many hard tumbles in that discipline. He's still racing and still competetive in the AMA series.
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  2. Neubz

    Neubz Been here awhile

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    I had a total hip replacement done about a year and a half ago after a head on crash on a KLR. I'm 29. Since then, I've used bicycling as my primary means of getting my atrophied leg back in shape. Last week I was in a fast bicycle accident (some other cyclist riding fifteen feet ahead of me lost control of his bike and swerved into a wall, taking himself out, at which point his bike flew into the path and took me out). I fell hard right on my hip and slid. I laid there for a minute without moving, assuming my hip was now fully messed up again. But after a minute, no pain came, and I slowly popped right up on my feet. I got a sweet bruise on my hip where the metal crushed the vessels and I was sore for a few days, but nothing worse came of it. It gave me a lot of hope for the strength of these things. However, I have a metal prosthesis, and I've heard two stories of similar accidents that have shattered ceramic prosthetics, so keep that in mind. But from now on my motorcycle ATGATT will certainly have generous amounts of hip armor.
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  3. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Congratulations!!:clap

    Yesterday was six weeks for me. I started doing some walking earlier this week without the crutches, and things are loosening up very nicely.


    Don't tell my doctor, but I actually took both the R90 and the KLR out last evening for a total of about 20 miles.:wings :ricky All I can say is WHOO HOO!!! It's so strange to ride without any pain or discomfort whatsoever, but I think that I will be able to get used to it pretty quickly.:evil I really had to do a ride, as I went out and bought myself a new Olympia jacket last week and I've been dying to try it.
    I have an appointment at UC Davis on Wednesday, and I'm hoping that they'll okay me to start ridig a bicycle. I've lost about 18 pounds so far, and it'd be really nice to continue that trend.
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  4. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    :clap I am stoked for everyone who is doing well. I am coming up on one year since surgery. I am taking the family down to Cabo to go surfing, as a family. Hadn't been able to do that a year ago due to the pain and muscle weakness.
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  5. dynodon

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    I had both hips replaced about 5 years ago over one winter. I had had pain for many years, probably 10, and had seen all sorts of Dr.s and quacks. Quacks included chiropracters and massage therapy. None of it worked of course. Was starting to take some heavy duty pain medicine and didn't like it, didn't help much either.

    finally saw a dr that showed me an x-ray with my right hip. No cartiledge, almost no ball in the joint! bone on bone for years. The Left wasn't as bad, but was also bone on bone. No wonder I walked funny.

    Also, I could not spread my legs far enough apart to get on a motorcycle or even get my feet around a typical lawn tractor.

    Got new right hip, and within 3 days was walking with a lot of help, and 4 weeks was walking with a cane, and took my wife dancing for the first time in years. About 2 months later, did the other hip. This time was walking almost the next day. The difference? First hip was traditional long cut J shaped opening. Second hip was modified cut about 1/2 the length. I asked my Dr. about the new hip replacement that had just two tiny cuts and he wasn't comfortable with that. Probably is now, and if you can get that, the smaller the cut, the quicker and safer the recovery.

    Before surgery I had major pain in both knees and ankles. I was within a few weeks of ordering a wheelchair.

    Today, I am pain free, including ankles and knees. Riding my motorcycle (Dr. doesn't like that, he says wrecks are bad enough, but with all that stainless steel in your legs, it can get messy, still I only have so many years left, and want to enjoy them fully) and walking more. I still have to watch it, and at just 55 when I had the surgery done I may have to have them replaced once more (Dr. said I wasn't the youngest double hip he had done, but I was close).

    Today when I see people hobble around in obvious pain I KNOW what their problem is and advise them to get the hip surgery done sooner rather than later. It wasn't as bad as I thought.

    Heck I used to hat dancing, but after hospital gowns, catheters, hospital baths, and more, being embarrassed on a dance floor is the least of my worries!
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  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Well, I have another update that hopefully will spur anyone on who's on the fence about getting work done to relieve pain.

    The surgeon at UC Davis realeased me from my crutches on 7/16. The only restriction I was given was the following: "Don't do anything stupid. Don't dislocate your hip. Have at it big fella."

    I've had at it.

    I've been able to put on about 500 miles on both bikes over the last week, and today my family and I hiked a trail on Donner Summit that was just short of 5 miles.:clap I'm simply amazed that I am able to do this at the 8-week mark in my recovery. There were many rest stops along the way, of course, and I'm plenty sore, (mostly my back and right ankle) but things went better than I could have hoped for. My longest stretch was just over a mile, and there was some very rough terrain and elevation changes. All in all, I couldn't be more pleased with how things have progressed.

    I am a truly lucky guy.
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  7. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    That's good to hear Al! :thumb
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  8. Bigger Al

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    4 miles non-stop?!?! You animal!!:clap I'll get there soon, but for now my body is readjusting to using both legs properly. Suprisingly enough, there's very little soreness today, and I plan to get what's left to go away by swimming.
    I've already dropped 20 lbs. during this whole process, and I'd love to exercise about 25-30 more off. It can be done, but I need to be cautious about doing too much, too soon.
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    Congrats Al,
    I knew you would recover fairly fast. It seems like it will take forever at first........
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  10. MrVvrroomm

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    I haven't looked at this post in a while. I had my surgery done by Dr. Carlson, at St. Francis in Shakopee, MN.

    I had my right hip totally replaced 2 days before Thanksgiving '07. I returned to work the Monday after Thanksgiving, yes 1 week later. I'm 47 years old. My replacement was due to hereditary arthritis and abuse.

    These pics were snapped 2 weeks ago at Deal's Gap, eight months after total hip replacement.

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  11. Photog

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    What's the earliest y'all think someone would be able to return to work to a desk job? :ear

    Looking at bilateral replacement, metal-metal.
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  12. jstcrashnthru

    jstcrashnthru Livin' the dream

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    Good surgeon, fast, good after surgery rehab, realatively healthy patient, maybe two to three weeks. Getting back to work after bilaterals takes a little longer.
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  13. Bigger Al

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    I have a great deal of respect for anyone who is going in for a bi-lateral procedure. My hip was a piece of cake in the grand scheme of things, and I'm sure that having two done concurrently would've posed a challenge.

    You've got a strong spirit and a great attitude, Photog, so my gut feeling is that you'd be able to go back inside of a month. A patient's outlook and mental toughness plays such a huge part in recovery, IMHO, and you're loaded for bear on the positive side of the ledger.
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    It is great to sit on the bike in a normal manner without pain......I'm stoked for you...
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    That's great!!:clap I've ridden about 2K miles in the 6 weeks since they took my crutches away, and today will be my first day back to work. I'm on a 40-lb. lifting restriction, so I'll be limited in what I can do. Still got some lingering stiffness in the joint from range restrictions, but those should be lifted in the next week or two.
    My family and I spent the day at the California State Fair yesterday, and I wlked around for about 6 hours with no pain or discomfort whatsoever!:wings The heat was another story, though................:knary
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  16. stroming it softly

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    I go in Jan. 15th for a hip resurface instead of a total replacement. The head of the femur is reshaped and then capped with metal and a new socket is placed in the pelvis. Doc says that this is a newer procedure in the states but has been used in Europe since 1997, will allow me to continue to run and participate in other strenuous activities as compared to a total replacement. Pretty hyped to be able to ride again without pain, and sleep and sit, you know the drill. Bring it on.
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  17. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Mine was also the resurfacing, and it's been an amazing journey!


    Isn't it funny how doing something as ordinary as putting on socks and shoes can bring so much joy?:rofl I've been putting mine on for about 2 weeks, and it's not been easy. The only footwear that doesn't give me any trouble at all are my riding boots, and that's only because they have buckles.:deal

    My doctor's only restrictions when he took the crutches were, and I quote: "Just don't do anything stupid." That's an awfully broad brush for a guy like me.:freaky Getting back on the bike was a tremendous psychological boost, too.
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  18. daveth

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    Hey, glad I found this thread again. I had my right hip replaced on 7/11/08. I first tried to take my Vespa 250 GTS off and back on its center stand at about 3 weeks. My biggest fear was not being able to get it back up on the stand. Once that was accomplished, I fashioned some straps and carried my crutches on the handlebars for a couple of weeks while riding the scooter around. When I went to a cane at 6 weeks I found I could secure it across my Wee Strom's saddlebags and secure it to the handles; back to riding full time I went!

    I find it to be a real pain in the ass trying to fit my 6'3 frame into any vehicle, especially from the drivers side- I start hurting within 10 minutes; I had to drive 2 hours to Portland to see a specialist for my right eye- potential blindness- I was in agony> I really don't see me getting back in a car very often. Anyways, I can see no problem but have to get checked every year from here on. (JEEZ, KEEP IT COMING! I really love this aging shit!

    Getting back to the theme of this thread- Besides enjoying as much sex as a gray beard can get, riding has become the most exciting and satisfying activity I do. Without it, I'd probably have to go to a psych ward. So, don't stop, don't stop the riding, keep it on the boulevard ! ( Sung to the Journey tune Don't Stop Believing!)

    PS- My doctor said that my titanium ball on hip plastic cup hip replacement will last 20 - 30 years; which will make me either 76 or 86 before I have to redo it. When I get my settlement from a lawsuit following the traffic accident that caused my hip problems, I'm looking to get another bike, maybe a Guzzi California for touring.
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  19. BEEMERPECKER

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    I am 48 years old. On July 15, 2008 was backed over by a Chevy 3500 service truck while on a construction site. Collision resulted in a triple fracture of the left acetabulum (the hip socket itself). Fractures were repaired by internal fixation (1 plate, 6 screws).

    X-rays taken at my six week follow up showed that trauma induced avascular necrosis had set in. On August 29, 2008 had a total hip replacement done on left hip.

    In the last two weeks I have had terrible pain in the in the joint. Dr. suspects that the artificial socket may have detached from the bone. Had CAT scan done on Thursday 12/04 and should find out WTF is going on this afternoon.

    I have very strong suspicion I will be going back under the knife in short order (what a pain in the ass - both physically and literally).

    I had never been admitted to a hospital in 48 years, and now I am looking at three major surgeries in less than six months to remedy the results of an accident that should never have happened. One has to keep a good attitude though; no point in complaining and pointing fingers. I just want to get as healthy as I can, as soon as I can.

    I have an R1150GS and a Triumph Speed Triple. Have not been on either one of them since early July and I fear it will be a while yet before I get to ride again: but I will ride, it's just a mater of time.
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  20. Bigger Al

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    Man, I am really sorry to hear about your troubles. The important thing now is that you have a great attitude and want nothing more than to heal up and get back to regular life. That, IMHO, is what is most important when medical issues like this come up. You've got your goals in sight, and working toward them will make your recovery time much shorter, and your recovery itself more complete.
    Best of luck with the hip, and please keep us up to speed on how things are going.