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Hip Replacement and Skiing

post #1 of 41
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Got my first day of skiing in today at Solitude. Only a couple of easy groomers open. I have been leaning towards replacement of my left hip (right hip replaced 4/2000) but today the decision was made. I will probably need a little (or a lot) of vicodin to ski this season and I will get my hip done this spring at the end of my season (plan to ski JH the last week of March through closing day and then come home for surgery).

Thought I would start a thread on this topic just in case there are others out there who want to discuss this topic. Having done one hip already I have some experience and have learned a lot about skiing with a bad hip and a new hip replacment. I am also involved in a project dealing with longer term hip rehab. for those who participate in activities that require higher levels of performance.
post #2 of 41
Si, I'll be interested to follow this, not for me at this time (at least!), but for a number of my guests who are skiing with replacements. If you have had coaching or found certain approaches that help you ski better, more effectively, or with fewer issues, I'd love to hear about them in order to share with the members of the Gang.
post #3 of 41
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Steve,

There are many issues to discuss here. For the second time I am dealing with some relatively severe limitations in hip function (on my natural hip - the replaced one is doing pretty great). You would think that having gone through it once would help me understand the limitations and how they have ramped up over the past few years. However, it has taken a final "downhill turn" (pun intended I guess) in my hip function to realize a lot of things I was trying to attribute to alignement and/or technique are just due to limitations in hip movement and function. If you or others want expansion on this let me know. These same issues of alignment/technique vs. physical limitation can arise with people after hip replacement.

Specifically in terms of people with hip replacements there is a wide range of situations that you will encounter. It is my experience (not only from my own history but from that of many others I have consulted with) that hip function, in terms of daily activities like walking, returns without much rehab. However, when talking about activities that require higher levels of performance and hip function (like skiing, tennis, golf, etc) I think that appropriate rehab. can have quite an impact.

For you as an instructor it is really a pretty complex story to consider. From the type of hip joint that was used to the person's level of functioning there are many things to consider. I don't think anyone should expect a ski instructor to make any decisions for the skier they are working with. I would suggest that you ask the person about their history, the kinds of hip (or other) precautions they are following, their level of function they have with the new hip, and any limitations they experience with that hip. From that information you need to design an approach that stays within precautions and accounts for limitations. That I think you can do as an instructor.

Hope that gives you some guidance that can help.
post #4 of 41
Si, I'd like to hear more about the functional limitations, and the implications that you see from them. I know that one of my regular guests has lost all of the sensations in her left leg, making some maneuvers more challenging and also causing her to avoid skiing the trees ("I can't tell where my left ski is going, and don't want to hook a tree," she says. Never mind that she's one of the best seasoned citizen skiers I've seen: tip-and-rip).

What do you find?

What do you see as some insights that I could offer those with these more limited functions that might help them in either/both the short-term and/or long-term?

Thanks, Si!
post #5 of 41
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Well Steve, I certainly haven't faced anything like loss of sensation on one side so I wouldn't have any personal experience to relate to that severe of a loss. However, I think that some of my experience with my left (bad hip that needs to be replaced) may offer some insight. On that hip I have little or no internal rotation (limited due to bone on bone contact I expect). Thus, when initiated a turn to the right by releasing and tipping my right ski my left hip does not follow automatically or easily. I can get pretty good edge angle on it still (by being more active on the old right inside ski) but it takes some conscious attention. You would think I would recognize the lack of edge angle development on the left side during a right turn but the main cue I recognize is that my left turn doesn't develop. I don't automatically recognize the lack of tipping. Another thing is that without normal internal rotation the pressure distribution I sense is veryt different from left to right. On the right I sense a nice distribution over the midfoot to ball of the foot. On the left it is from midfoot to heel. I think I have mistakenly tried to make adjustments to move this forward on the left over the past few years (without success). This year I started out by just accepting the different pressure distributions and working with them differentially.

The lack of internal rotation is really something you should see mostly as a hip is deteriorating. Once replaced, there should be a good return of internal rotation. Initial hip precautions after surgery include avoidance of combined hip flexion and internal roation to avoid dislocation. With time, a pseudo capsule of scar tissue forms and the external rotators heal to provide increased stability and protection. Some people (like myself) trust in this and don't worry about such hip precautions. Others continue to observe such precautions to some degree (not as much as during the first 6 weeks to 6 months) even many years after surgery. If you run into someone who wants to avoid combined flexion and internal rotation I would recommend working with a pretty upright stance on balance, development of load transfer from one ski to the other, two footed skiing, etc. (all very useful for soft snow skiing and lower edge angle groomed skiing).

Besides the internal rotation issues there are issues with strength and stability in hip replacement. For daily living activities and normal walking, many people may not even notice any issue. However, for activites like skiing, tennis, golf, etc. I believe there certainly are commonly some limitations (that can be overcome). The most standard surgical approach for hip replacement involves going throught the hip capsule and removal and replacement of the external rotators (most modern technique involves replacement of the external rotators but there are some surgeons who still don't, I believe). This leads to weakness and insability. In my experience these two seem to be so closely linked I don't really know how differentiate them. For skiing, I believe it is important to recognize such limitations.

When I first started skiing on my new hip about six months after surgery (my first turns happened to be following a posse of ski instructors including Bob Barnes at Copper), I couldn't even put half of the load on the right side that had been replaced. If I had not just been focusing on inside weighted turns and single ski turns the season before (forced due to the limitations of the deteriorating hip) I would not have been able to ski and certainly unable to keep them in sight. Over 4 years (maybe even in this 5th year) I was able to improve strength, stability, and balance in that right hip so that I can now utilize it normally. One footed turns on the right are now even easier than the left (which needs to be replaced).

Hope these ramblings provide you with a little more insight into these issues. As you can see, I am happy to talk about these ad nauseum but I think I should end this and see if you have more specific questions.
post #6 of 41
One of my guests last week had had both hips replaced (although I don't know when, it seems that it was relatively recently). Now that you mention the internal rotation, I can see that a similar challenge probably contributed to his stance and preferences. It seems to me from your description that using his "old school" approach to turning, especially in bumps, is likely limiting his skiing unnecessarily.

Have you found that more balance-related, "use-the-ski", equal-weighted technique improves your ability to ski overall? And would you also suggest that single-ski drills would be very helpful in taking these skiers to a place where they have managed to compensate for much of the limitation that's resulted from the replacement?
post #7 of 41
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I'd be very careful about 1 ski drills for people with hip replacement. Over a few years I have reached the point that I can pretty readily (within my ability limits) ski on my right leg that has a hip replacement. I wouldn't want to suggest that this would be so or a good thing to try for others, though. It takes a considerable amount of strength and stability in a replaced hip to handle this.

While I do agree "that more balance-related, "use-the-ski", equal-weighted technique "can improve one's ability overall ski ability it's something that one can work on only if they can safely do it. I do think this is an important component of skier development and is a special advantage to someone facing or rehabbing from a hip replacement. Thus I would say that those who have such ability can likely handle the adversity of hip (and other problems) much more readily.

In terms of more equal weighting or adjusting load, the point I would make is that the ability to easily shift balance and load between skis can be a key component in providing compensation for a hip with diminished function. Being able to share the load more equally can make a big difference in trying to stay within load limits of an arthritic or a replaced hip.

In terms of using old school technique: Certainly using a lot of pivoting/steering in one's skiing (old school?) makes it very difficult to ski well with hip problems. As my first hip deteriorated I was struggling to ski for even half a day. I have to credit a camp with Harb for showing me how to more efficiently and effectively tip and use my skis. After that camp, even with my hip further deteriorating (before being replaced at the end of the ski season) I was able to extend my ski day to a full day for the rest of the season. I'm not saying it was pain free, but as long as I did things "right" I was able to continue skiing. Of course any perturbation to the ski (rough terrain, unseen bump or depression, etc.) when I was in this condition was still pretty painful (as is now the case for the left).

Finally, there has been a tremendous amount of discussion of carving and creating larger edge angles in the technique section. My own personal perspective is that while this is an important component of skiing it is far from being the major component. From my own perspective more "two footed" skiing through powder, cut-up snow, crud, and bumps are to me much more relevant than big edge angles on the groomed. I think the training focus we are talking about for those with hip or other joint difficulties is extremely valuable for these environments (which I personally much prefer over groomed/hard pack skiing). Thus I would postulate that such training during periods of disability can lead to substantial improvement during such periods and beyond.

P.S. I hope others here don't mind this personal converstions we're having.
post #8 of 41

I'm looking forward to following this post. I just had my right hip done six months ago. I'm in Australia so missed our season here. It was a good one to miss because it was a horror. No snow till the season was nearly over.

 

We normally live at Falls Creek resort in winter so am looking forward eagerly till next season. My hip seems fine so I'm sure I won't have any problems but hearing from others about their experience is always good. My new hip leg is 1/2 inch longer so I may need some boot adjustment. I had a resurfacing as opposed to a total replacement. I'd love to hear from anyone that has had one.

post #9 of 41

Skialive I had a total hip replacement done about 30 days ago (10/27/10) and am rehabing like mad now in order to get back into ski shape.  That said, as I posted elsewhere I'll probably  sit this years season out just to be safe.  Am hoping to be able to ski strongly again once everything is stable. I am walking limp free and am in no pain.  As I am 57 , the doctor told me a large head metal on metal prosthesis would be a good choice for me and would allow me to be as active as most of the patients with resurfacing.  Would love to hear from Si again to see how his ski career is progressing.  Good luck to you and safe skiing. 

post #10 of 41
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I'm doing fine with my bilateral hip replacements (10 and 4 years).  I retired last year to Sandpoint, Idaho and was able to ski over 100 days.  Toward the end of the season I took a cartwheeling fall at high speed (unintentionally skied into bumps and crud at high speed in flat light and released from a ski - couldn't hold it on 1 ski).  The result was a torn gluteus medius or minimus which was a bit scary as it mimicked post surgery pain.  A couple of days off and I was back skiing with full recovery a couple of months after the end of the season.  I mention this as it's pretty amazing that the hip replacement held together fine with this kind of stress.  (I've got a ceramic on ceramic hip surface with a 32 mm ball - smaller than would be used with a metal on metal prosthesis).  I'm not at all suggesting that either a natural or replaced hip should be expected to stand up to this type of stress but at least in this case mine did.

 

Last year I was still jumping off of small boulders and things (10 feet or less) without any ill effects on the hips.  I would not recommend this for people with hip replacement but it does tell you that they can take a certain amount of stress beyond what one might expect.  Let me repeat, I am not recommending this for people with hip replacement.

 

This season will be a bit delayed due to shoulder and knee surgery.  Given the knee situation I expect I will not be hopping off of boulders which will probably be a good thing for the hips.  Looking forward to being back on the slopes in a few weeks.

 

 

post #11 of 41

Thanks for such encouraging feedback. I am quite confident that I will be fine next season. We live at the beach in summer so I am doing lots of walking in the sand and I'm back doing circuit classes and Pilates. Si, it sounds like you are coming along in leaps and bounds. I found 30 days was a good space in recovery. Every day I could do noticeably more than the last.

 

Did either of you have a leg length issue? Mine is now 1/2 inch longer than the other one. It doesn't cause me any problems day to day. I suffered a bit of lower back pain at first but that is no longer a problem. The surgeon and pysio said that 1/2 inch is not uncommon. If it does cause a problem skiing I'm sure I can get one boot lifted a bit.

 

SkiCubad, thanks for the warnings but I gave up those things years ago. Steep and groomed is my slope of choice these days. And of course fresh powder, but we don't get a lot of that in Australia. Great to hear though, as we all take some tough spills occasionally regardless of where we are skiing.

post #12 of 41

Hi Si,

 

I am glad your hips are doing well. I remember at Hintertux where you werer in some discomfort. Since I have seen you, I have had both knees replaced and the hip checked 4 times. Hip is doing fine after 12 years. Skied yesterday at Steamboat and did some excersizes out of HH's Essentials of Skiing. When I pur it all together, I had a WOW moment. New knees really helped my skiing.

 

Cheers...Rick H

post #13 of 41
Thread Starter 

Hi Rick, I'm glad to hear that your knee replacements are working out.  Hintertux was a breeze compared to the next season.  I waited at least a year too long for my first hip replacement.

 

Skialive, I've got about the same amount of leg length discrepancy.  Over time the pelvis tilts a bit to accommodate this difference which doesn't seem to cause many (further) problems in my case but certainly presents the general potential for back issues to arise or get worse.  My left is the longer leg but also has the larger foot.  Thus I have a bit more insole lift on my right and a bit of extra lift.  Other than that I don't bother to try and accommodate for the discrepancy in my ski/boot alignment.  Unless you are going to put lifts in all of your shoes and ski setup I'm not sure how helpful equalizing the leg length for just skiing would be as it would be "asking" for your pelvis to be level during skiing while it's used to everyday life where it is slightly tilted?

post #14 of 41

When I first started out in rehab, it felt like my operated leg was now longer.  I'm not so sure anymore as things feel a little different every day( better).  Went for my first roadbike ride on 11/29  which is about 31 days post-op and it was heavenly.  No longer did I have to splay out my right knee because of my hip; and my pedal stroke was totally pain-free.  My fellow riders noticed the difference in my spin right away.  I ended up doing 35 miles and felt great!   I can even get down on the drops and had no problem clicking in and out of my Look pedals.  Si I am both sorry and happy to hear about your fall.  The fact that the hip held up is super encouraging,  because once I'm skiing again I'm sure falling will eventually happen.  I too love to do single ski skiing and used to ski on my left foot all the time to stay off of the old bad hip.  Can't wait to try out my new hip but I'll try to stay out this year. Rick your ability to ski with hip and double knee replacements is mind boggling and really inspirational.  I am totally excited by my new hip and can't wait till my next road ride (Merlin extralight with full Dura-ace).  Good luck to all and keep us posted on your progress as it really helps to hear from others who are equally crazy!

 

post #15 of 41
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Some follow-up at the beginning of a new season:  I'm starting a little late this season as I'm recovering from both a knee and shoulder surgery.  I went out for my first day with some degree of hesitation (fear of falling on the still sore shoulder) and not a lot of confidence in my knee.  It will be a slow start but I expect to get there.  Now about hips.  Every year it is clear that nothing I do matches skiing in terms of strengthening hip stabilizers and hip range of motion.   This year it's especially true as my activities have been limited due to shoulder surgery (July) and knee surgery (November).  Because of this I found the limitations to be more noticeable then ever on my first day this year .  I am know working on (to the degree shoulder and knee allow) strengthening of the small external rotators, gluteus minimus, and gulteus medius with one legged squats (focusing on hip flexion/extension - not knee) and deep flexion and extension in an angulated postion (holding onto a post), simulating a ski turn with hips dropped. Normally I would also use side to side single leg jumps, lateral "skating jumps," and other exercises but my knee is not ready for those.

 

I suspect that the need for this type of strengthening is in part related to the posterior/lateral approach used in both my hip replacement surgeries (10 and 4 y.o) where they remove and replace the external rotators and there is surgical trauma to the minimus and/or medius.  They may not be as much of an issue when an anterior approach is used but I don't have any experience there.  Nevertheless I think that strengthening of these muscles and increased (active) hip joint range is often overlooked and once you have a deficit it becomes very obvious how critical they are to skiing.

post #16 of 41

Si I am sorry to hear about your shoulder and knee issues but glad that you are still at it with the skiing.  You are right about the need to strengthen the whole general hip area after the surgery.  To be honest , I'm not sure if my surgeon cut my external rotators or not but he did use a minimally invasive posterior approach with a tiny incision (4 inches long) right on the side of the hip.  It has to be hard to ski with other injuries because confidence is so important. I struggled with this years ago when I had a chronic problem with shoulder dislocation.  My rehab continues to be excellent and I did a 57 mile road ride on 12/11 and felt great afterward.  Whitetail Pa. ski area is already open and I am dying to go ski!  I just know I could easily do it but I'm trying to be smart and patient (not in my nature).  Best of luck to all and Si I hope your injuries heal and you have a good season.

post #17 of 41
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SkiCubad, thanks for the wishes.  With a posterolateral approach the external rotators are removed to open up the capsule and dislocate the hip regardless of the size of the incision.  Thus in your case should definitely consider special focus on strengthening of the small external rotators as well as the gluteus medius and minimus which function as hip stabilizers.  The minimus has an important function in one legged stance - especially important in skiing!  You should certainly consult with your physician about the level of training he would recommend but as the months progress and you have clearance, you should definitely find a good PT or trainer who can give you some guidance on strengthening of these smaller hip muscles that are critical to skiing.  Note that biking and walking are great exercises and relatively safe (don't take a fall on that bike!) but aren't going to have much affect on these muscles.

 

BTW patience in terms of skiing is a wise thing.  Remember that while the tissues may heal and strengthen it takes longer to get the bony ingrowth needed to achieve safe stability for your hip prosthesis.

post #18 of 41

Si, could you give me an idea of what exercises focus on the external rotators and the gluteus muscles you are referring to?  I am still doing a lot of PT with rubber bands that concentrate on my glutes, hamstrings and side of the hip leg lifts.  Will also begin skating on inline skates again soon to cross train as ski specifically as possible.  Thanks in advance.

post #19 of 41
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Si, could you give me an idea of what exercises focus on the external rotators and the gluteus muscles you are referring to?  I am still doing a lot of PT with rubber bands that concentrate on my glutes, hamstrings and side of the hip leg lifts.  Will also begin skating on inline skates again soon to cross train as ski specifically as possible.  Thanks in advance.


I think that skating will be very good.  You can feel the activation of the medius/minimus when skating.  Be careful about a fall!  It seems alwfull early to be skating on a hard surface.  I "skated" on a slide board during my first six months and really thought it helped. Other exercises include single leg presses where you focus/exaggerate on hip flexion/extension (the knee only as much as you need to) .  Single leg balancing exercises, especially on a bosu ball, blance board, or CorDisc.  Also, I mentioned a few above.  I have been involved with a group of people (Orthopedic surgeons, PT's, and Trainers) who developed the knowledge content for a coaching program for people with hip pain and hip replacement.  This is becoming available through some large insurance providers and others.  I will PM you with my phone number if you want to discuss.  I may be able to get you a demo code to try it out.

post #20 of 41

I am 52 years old, just got an opinion that I will need my left hip replaced ASAP and the right one in a year or so. Just at the beginning of ski season and I've had to opt out of locals racing league. I am determined to ski through the season and then have it done, but wondering if I should have them both done so that I'll be ready for next year? Also, notice the same exact need for concentration on each turn of the hip needing repair. How are you doing after all these years?

post #21 of 41

Hello dlycan. Welcome to Epic and sorry you will be needing both hips replaced. I had my right hip replaced two years ago and have made a great recovery, able to ski everything and enjoy masters racing. I had the (BHR) Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Proceedure performed and whole heartedly recommend you research it online. Angled toward younger (under 65y/o) active sports minded adults. Goodluck. JMD. 

post #22 of 41

Thanks, wondering how fast I can recover? Could I have the operation in Jan and Spring ski in March-May? Or should I wait, ski like my age and have the operation at the end of the season in your opinion?

post #23 of 41
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Thanks, wondering how fast I can recover? Could I have the operation in Jan and Spring ski in March-May? Or should I wait, ski like my age and have the operation at the end of the season in your opinion?

 I'm in the same situation as you.  I've done a lot of research and I would wait.  You might feel like you can ski, but if you fall and have a dislocation, it could be bad.

 I'm looking at the anterior approach with a ceramic ball and plastic lined metal cup late winter or early spring.  Ski the next winter.

 

JMD:

 

Who did your procedure?  The people I've talked with all loved their resurfaced hips, but I am concerned with the metal on metal joint down the road.   I only want to do this once.

post #24 of 41

dlycan if your pain is manageable I would wait till the end of ski season and then replace the hip. This allows you to enjoy this season and then fully rehab the new hip and build up for next seasons skiing. Shredhead I have had great results with the BHR. I used Dr. James Rector in Boulder, Colorado. I fell safe with the metal on metal joint. Only time will tell if its safe for my lifetime.

post #25 of 41

Well I am so happy to find this website. I would have to agree with JMD and wait until after ski season to have the surgery. I will be having my other hip done in April after winter and before summer. My first was done a 18 months ago at age 51 and just like DLYCAN they informed me, my future would include a second surgery.  Kinda wish I had both done at the same time just because I am tired of the pain. Does anyone have any thoughts on cross country skiing? I am way to clumsy to continue down hill skiing. Especially with one leg now longer then the other.

post #26 of 41

Hi everyone, at last I may have found some answers to the questions I dread to ask.

I am a ski instructor in the uk and am wanting to increase my qualification next april or may, but at the moment both my hips are crying out to be replaced. Got my second injection this coming tuesday (can't wait) and I am at a complete loss as what to do. Don't know to keep going and do my course next year or have the hips done and wait. My biggest fear is if I do have the replacement, will I be able to do the course.At the moment I'm struggling with the very basics as loss of rotation in the joint, although higher end skiing isn't a problem. The course isn't high Level, B.A.S.I. level 2 for those in the know, and I know I ski above the level required. But the fear of not being able to do it is always in the back of my head.

So if anyone has any info' I would be so grateful. Like recovery, limits etc, thanks alot, Lee.

post #27 of 41

Leeski:

 

If you are already in that much pain, I'd do the procedure sooner than later.  I was in the same situation last winter.  I hoped to make it through the season, but in January my hip started to lock up on occasion.  I was worried that it would lock up permanently and I couldn't work or ski, so I had THR on 2/12.

post #28 of 41

Shredhead

 

thanks alot, had a chat with my surgeon today (injection was a killer but feels great now), gonna see how we go for the next few weeks, not doing much teaching, fingers crossed it could see me through. I will change my mind if i feel that it won't do any good, and wait until next year to complete the course, when my hips would be able to take it better.

thanks alot again, if anybody else would like to comment, please don't hesitate, more info' the better.

 

Leeski :)

post #29 of 41

Hi....I just wanted to let all know.I have had both hips replaced - the first 3 years ago and the second 7 months later. The good news for all congtipating it I have not missed a beat. I skied 10 months after the second replacement at Whistler on a powder day, skied the glades, steeps and powder - did 25000 vertical and felt great the next day. I am skiing everything like I am 30 again ( I am 62 ). Looking forward to skiing 20-30 days this year and skiing hard.  ( FYI ...I have had MOM replacements - Biomet Magnum Plus ). Anybody have any concerns ...hope I can give assurance life will be good after the work is done!

post #30 of 41

So glad to have come across this forum, as I was beginning to think I was the only one that freaked out most Orthopedic Surgeons when I mentioned downhill skiing, post hip replacement.  Therefore, as a female, now over 70, with both hips replaced, I'm going to add my 2-cents worth.

 

When the first hip was bone-on-bone, skiing was almost impossible and my stay-power was quickly driven by pain.  After walking out on two surgeons (same diagnosis) who almost went into cardiac arrest when I mentioned my passion, downhill skiing.  Then i found one, who himself was a snowboarder, who understood my passion, and was up-to-date on selecting a prosthesis to fit the lifestyle of his patient, but said no skiing for one year, which I obeyed.  By this time the pain was debilitating.

 

I had the surgery in August for the first one, waited my year (missed one ski season), and then the next season, I hit the slopes.  I was skiing on a heavier ski and quickly figured out I needed to do some research on a lighter ski for women AND a lighter weight boot.  This was because sitting on the lift, the heavier ski and boot pulled too much on the hip and knee.

 

I found that much lighter weight in the Atomic Cloud 9 and the Atomic Live Fit boot (only 2 buckles).  Blizzard was in the hunt; however, no local dealer, so opted for the Atomic.  I've not regretted it one minute and it was the right decision.  Like one other poster, I found that I put more uphill ski weight into place, to take pressure off the downhill hip.  Skied that winter, no problem, but my surgeon cautioned me to "be careful" so I have slowed down considerably, and worry more about some idiot crashing into me than I do about my skiing.  He also told me that if I had not been skiing for over 30 years, he would not support learning to ski.

 

Then, 2 years later, the other hip went kaput.  The diagnosis was the same...bone-on-bone and generally, he said, 2 to 5 years after the frist, the 2nd one goes.  I had that one done in late January, after skiing early January.  The next year, after the one-year clearance by my Dr. on January 26, on Feb. 5, I was on a plane to Colorado and ski I did.  Snow wasn't very good that year, but with care I got along great.

 

My surgeon realized that (for my age) I'm considerably more active that my peers, so he selected a prosthesis with a deeper socket than the "cookie cutter" prosthesis.  He told me I'd have to do something "really stupid" to dislocate it.  That seems to be the bigger concern of the medical community----dislocation.  So, I am careful when on the slope and in my daily life.  However, the replacement really gave me a new life.  I ski, I bowl, I walk three-miles a day, I mow my own yard, and do anything one would do without replacements.  It has been 5 years on the first one and 3 years on the 2nd one and on Jan. 28, 2014, I will be headed to Winter Park for some skiing, but careful skiing.

 

And like everything, so much depends on your surgeon.  One sees people suffering after hip replacements as well as knee replacements.  Others, go through that initial healing process, and never miss a beat.  It is all about finding the right surgeon.

 

Thanks for listening.  I was just happy I did not have to give up my winter passion.  Good luck to those facing this surgery.  Be cautious of your surgeon and how they come across.  As I said, I walked out on two and then found the perfect one.

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