Originally Posted by JimL
My last visit to the ortho was about a month ago. They took x-rays which showed the hip to be firmly anchored by the bone growing in around it. The doc lifted the restrictions on normal activities and okayed me for skiing as soon as 12/15 if I feel ready. Since then I've been walking without the cane, although I sometimes carry a treking pole when I'm walking with the dog on the hilly gravel roads near home. Snow, ice and 0 degree weather has put a crimp in my walking regimen recently. I've been going for physical therapy which includes pilates and other exercises to increase flexibility and strength in the operated leg - glutes, quads, hip flexors, hamstrings, etc. I've also been working out at the gym. When I use the leg press it shows me how weak the operated leg is compared to the other leg. Its getting stronger, but its a slow process. The good news is that its probably no worse now than it was last ski season before the surgery. I'm signed up to instruct at Loveland one day a week when I'm ready. I'm planning to try a few test runs on the beginner slope in another week or so.
That's fantastic that you're progressing so well, although if you have a noticeable strength deficit, I would strongly suggest you wait a bit longer.
If you've noticed significant improvement in the last couple of weeks then that's probably a good sign that you'll continue to see even more improvements in the next month. What if you waited until even the first week of Jan to try? You'd still have a lot of skiing ahead of you this season, but your body would be much more ready for it.
Of course if your surgeon gave the go ahead then that is worth listening to. Just thought I'd throw out another thought.
You must be excited to be getting back out there!