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Since a couple of you out there are in the slightly older age group I was wondering how many of you have had hip replacements and how that has affected your riding? Both of my hips have gone out and I am looking at replacements. It is at the point now that I can't ride due to the instability of my hips so I have to get it done. I just want to know if I will be riding afterwards or do I put the bike up for sale.
 

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from what I have read, once the healing is done, folks are able to get back on their bikes and ride again.


as to whether it was 2 wheels, or 3 wheels, I can't remember that part.


listen to this man, who has returned to his former hobbies




and a general Google search


https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&source=hp&ei=uGCqW5SRKMaAtgXHqq7wAw&q=hip+replacement+and+motorcycle+riding&oq=hip+replacement+and+motor&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0.2416.9543..11771...0.0..0.194.2480.27j3......0....1..gws-wiz.....0..35i39j0i67j0i3j0i131j0i131i67j0i20i264j0i10i67j0i10j0i22i10i30j0i22i30.wmnazMGWTJc
 

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My wife had a hip replaced a few years and it is way better. Knees can be iffy, but hips usually come out pretty good.. She also had the newer operation where they go in without cutting the muscle which heals faster and stronger. Don't give up. Good luck.
 

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After years of severe pain, my sister just had both hips done a few months apart. She was walking the day after each surgery, and is in great shape now. I told her not to exceed the load rating on the new ones, because I'm her younger brother and I get to do that...
 

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Hi Rickf1985; and also all "seniors":

I've started to have same pain while riding about the start of 2017, after some IMR doctor told me that that hip was no longer good, and eventually had to be replaced, that I could wait until it became worst or arrange an appointment for replacement; so I decided not to have more pain.

I've had my right hip replaced on 05/05/17 and I resumed riding by September that year. No bad side effects, I feel healthy and strong, even forgot that went thru surgery.
More on this issue, last march I was going out and made a big stupid thing while climbing her, (\Two stupid things that I did_) and forgiving at that time of my surgery I tried to pick her up, maked an uncontrolled effort and ruptured my last dorsal vertebra. Now all healed I’m start riding again, but the weather doesn’t allow me for it’s raining almost all weekends.

Please don’t worry, it won’t be worst than it’s now.

Be strong and ride safe and happily.


BTW, next month I’ll be 76 YY.
Mario.
 

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Hi Rickf1985; and also all "seniors":

I've started to have same pain while riding about the start of 2017, after some IMR doctor told me that that hip was no longer good, and eventually had to be replaced, that I could wait until it became worst or arrange an appointment for replacement; so I decided not to have more pain.

I've had my right hip replaced on 05/05/17 and I resumed riding by September that year. No bad side effects, I feel healthy and strong, even forgot that went thru surgery.
More on this issue, last march I was going out and made a big stupid thing while climbing her, (\Two stupid things that I did_) and forgiving at that time of my surgery I tried to pick her up, maked an uncontrolled effort and ruptured my last dorsal vertebra. Now all healed I’m start riding again, but the weather doesn’t allow me for it’s raining almost all weekends.

Please don’t worry, it won’t be worst than it’s now.

Be strong and ride safe and happily.


BTW, next month I’ll be 76 YY.
Mario.
Thanks Mario, That is exactly the real world experience I was looking for. I already had the lower back surgery so I know how that works. Thanks to all that replied. I see the surgeon in two weeks to schedule the right side and then I guess he will do the left sometime after. I would like to be able to get back in the seat come springtime.
 

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Back when I was riding funeral escorts in Ohio (primarily on 'Wings), my boss had both hips done about 18 months apart starting in 2001. He was back on the bike sooner than he was supposed to be on the first one, but I never saw any issues with him riding.
 

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Since a couple of you out there are in the slightly older age group I was wondering how many of you have had hip replacements and how that has affected your riding? Both of my hips have gone out and I am looking at replacements. It is at the point now that I can't ride due to the instability of my hips so I have to get it done. I just want to know if I will be riding afterwards or do I put the bike up for sale.

Rick, You need to keep in mind that each individual is different. The rate of healing and final recovery is different for everyone. Therapy is very important....!

We are not all created exactly equal. Doctors, hospitals and individuals all contribute to the success (or not).

Not trying to scare you, just believe in telling things the way they are.......!!

Hope your surgery goes well and you recover youthfully.
 

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Oh I know all about therapy. Two ACL's, One knee replacement, three back surgeries and several severely broken limbs at different times. Yep, I know the value of PT.:wink2:
 

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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.
 

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I've had both hips replaced and the only thing I regret is not getting the first one done sooner (1998). I waited until I was having trouble just walking around, getting in or out of a car, driving a stick shift was undo-able and riding a bike out of the question. And I let this go on for years. The Dr. I was seeing at the time kept telling me I was to young (mid 40's) and that the new hip wouldn't last and a revision was bound to leave me crippled and disabled, kind of like I already was. Finley I pushed and got it done, and have never regretted it. I got the second hip replaced in 2010, it was a much easier surgery do to better methods and I was on my feet the same day. I was pretty well recovered in about 3-4 months (back to normal). It does take awhile to heal up so my advice is do all the pre-hab you can, the better shape you are in when you get your replacement the faster the recovery. If you have trouble exercising due to pain get in the pool and swim or join a water aerobics class at a rec center. I do pretty much what I want now, I used to run alot and did a bunch of 5 and 10k runs and a couple of duathlons (biking and running) after the hip replacements. The Doc was wrong, I'm not crippled or disabled. I've had new parts put in the 1998 hip and have had no other problems. Now I don't have any issues with riding any of my bikes, it takes awhile to come back from major surgery, but the time will pass and you'll be riding.



My new hips are a blessing and so much better than stock.



Cheers,
Steve
 
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