Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Winter Park, FL
Year: '98 Valkyrie Tourer, '84 Std. restoration in process
Have the surgeon do what's known as the anterior method. I had it done to my right hip two years ago November, have a 4" scar on the front of the right hip. They don't cut muscles or tendons, things do get stretched a bit in there but recovery is fast. Once home, I used a cane once in a while for better stability....mostly toward the end of the day when the old leg(s) were tiring out a bit. I went in on a Wed. morning, in the OR around 12:30pm, back in my room by 2:30. Had a dose of pain meds that night only, never used any since. Since I have to care for my wife, I asked to stay in the hospital until Sat. so I could be as strong and stable as possible when I got home....went home noon Saturday but did a lot of walking and exercising while in there. I was fully mobile when I got home and the next few days I slowly became more active. If I went for a walk I always took a cane but seldom used it, never did use a walker or crutches. By the second week they got put away and the third week I was back in the gym. Prior to the operation I was doing 350lb. leg presses so obviously I didn't start there with the new ball joint suspension. I kept the max at 200lb. for about 6 months per drs. orders. As for riding, I was back on the bike by the end of three weeks and have never looked back. Only problem I can see in the not too distant future.....the other hip is starting to feel like the new one did before the operation so I'm assuming maybe another year at the most.
PS: In a couple days, I'll be closer to my 81st b'day than my 80th and I still ride my Valkyrie when possible. Summer in Florida makes riding a bit of a challenge but cooler weather is just around the corner. Can't wait, we have a good group of Valkyrie riders around here and it's not unusual to ride 80-100 miles one way to meet for lunch so come on cool weather.