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After a few knee operations, and now bilateral knee replacement, I've been told not to ski any more. They could not set my right knee straight, so it is 6 +mm shorter than the left, and 4+ cant on the inside. Still can't get the right ski flat. Thus I can't turn right. I know with some more work, I can get it flat, but the knee will be no near over the boot when I flex. My skiing will only be very limited. I work with hand cycles, teach riding, so I'm taking this lightly, but I'm think of trying an bi-sit chair. Is there anyone in the same boat, and has done this, or thinking about it?
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Originally Posted by backroom View Post

After a few knee operations, and now bilateral knee replacement, I've been told not to ski any more. They could not set my right knee straight, so it is 6 +mm shorter than the left, and 4+ cant on the inside. Still can't get the right ski flat. Thus I can't turn right. I know with some more work, I can get it flat, but the knee will be no near over the boot when I flex. My skiing will only be very limited. I work with hand cycles, teach riding, so I'm taking this lightly, but I'm think of trying an bi-sit chair. Is there anyone in the same boat, and has done this, or thinking about it?


I have no knowledge/experience on your "knee issue".  But just in terms of alingment....a good boot fitter, can make adjustments so you can at least get out and enjoy yourself.....you might not be a WCer....but that is only a small part of what skiing is about.

post #3 of 6

Provided a boot fitter can't help, I would consider snowboarding next.  Easier on the knees than skiing.

post #4 of 6

If you do want to sit, you are probably going to want a mono-ski, not bi. Bi-ski is pretty low-performance and for people that are much more limited than you sound like you are.

post #5 of 6

What epic says. I coach adaptive lessons. You for sure would want a mono ski.

post #6 of 6

There may be an external brace (think I saw it in use)  that would protect your surgery from excessive range of movement. I don't know if that is part of the reason for the doctor's restrictions. Otherwise, skiing may be one of the better sports for uneven leg bone length, making a few adjustments to technique and strategy.  I'd get some info on the reasoning the doctor is working with on the effect of skiing. 

 

I have also been advised strongly not to ski, for other reasons involving surgery. It's a hard pill to swallow, so I relate.

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