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Old 08-08-2008, 12:41 PM   #91
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What's the earliest y'all think someone would be able to return to work to a desk job?

Looking at bilateral replacement, metal-metal.
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Old 08-08-2008, 04:17 PM   #92
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What's the earliest y'all think someone would be able to return to work to a desk job?

Looking at bilateral replacement, metal-metal.
Good surgeon, fast, good after surgery rehab, realatively healthy patient, maybe two to three weeks. Getting back to work after bilaterals takes a little longer.
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Old 08-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #93
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Good surgeon, fast, good after surgery rehab, realatively healthy patient, maybe two to three weeks. Getting back to work after bilaterals takes a little longer.

I have a great deal of respect for anyone who is going in for a bi-lateral procedure. My hip was a piece of cake in the grand scheme of things, and I'm sure that having two done concurrently would've posed a challenge.

You've got a strong spirit and a great attitude, Photog, so my gut feeling is that you'd be able to go back inside of a month. A patient's outlook and mental toughness plays such a huge part in recovery, IMHO, and you're loaded for bear on the positive side of the ledger.
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Old 08-24-2008, 06:04 PM   #94
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congrats on the ride

It is great to sit on the bike in a normal manner without pain......I'm stoked for you...
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:51 AM   #95
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Just got back from my first ride with the new hip, about 65 miles in the beautiful Eastern Sierra of California. Can you say shit-eatin'-grin!

Felt great while riding, feels great now, I'm stoked!!!

That's great!! I've ridden about 2K miles in the 6 weeks since they took my crutches away, and today will be my first day back to work. I'm on a 40-lb. lifting restriction, so I'll be limited in what I can do. Still got some lingering stiffness in the joint from range restrictions, but those should be lifted in the next week or two.
My family and I spent the day at the California State Fair yesterday, and I wlked around for about 6 hours with no pain or discomfort whatsoever! The heat was another story, though................
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:55 AM   #96
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I go in Jan. 15th for a hip resurface instead of a total replacement. The head of the femur is reshaped and then capped with metal and a new socket is placed in the pelvis. Doc says that this is a newer procedure in the states but has been used in Europe since 1997, will allow me to continue to run and participate in other strenuous activities as compared to a total replacement. Pretty hyped to be able to ride again without pain, and sleep and sit, you know the drill. Bring it on.
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:56 PM   #97
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Mine was a resurfacing too, go back to the top of page 5 on this thread to see my "baby picture!"

It took 14 weeks for my doctor to release me from range of motion restrictions, I know that stiffness issue well. But this morning I put shoes on for the first time in 3 1/2 months, tied my own laces and everything.

That's also when the doctor said it was okay to get on the bike again. Must admit, I was kinda nervous for the first 0.1 miles, then I forgt all about it and enjoyed the ride!
Mine was also the resurfacing, and it's been an amazing journey!


Isn't it funny how doing something as ordinary as putting on socks and shoes can bring so much joy? I've been putting mine on for about 2 weeks, and it's not been easy. The only footwear that doesn't give me any trouble at all are my riding boots, and that's only because they have buckles.

My doctor's only restrictions when he took the crutches were, and I quote: "Just don't do anything stupid." That's an awfully broad brush for a guy like me. Getting back on the bike was a tremendous psychological boost, too.
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Old 09-06-2008, 02:59 PM   #98
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New hip riders

Hey, glad I found this thread again. I had my right hip replaced on 7/11/08. I first tried to take my Vespa 250 GTS off and back on its center stand at about 3 weeks. My biggest fear was not being able to get it back up on the stand. Once that was accomplished, I fashioned some straps and carried my crutches on the handlebars for a couple of weeks while riding the scooter around. When I went to a cane at 6 weeks I found I could secure it across my Wee Strom's saddlebags and secure it to the handles; back to riding full time I went!

I find it to be a real pain in the ass trying to fit my 6'3 frame into any vehicle, especially from the drivers side- I start hurting within 10 minutes; I had to drive 2 hours to Portland to see a specialist for my right eye- potential blindness- I was in agony> I really don't see me getting back in a car very often. Anyways, I can see no problem but have to get checked every year from here on. (JEEZ, KEEP IT COMING! I really love this aging shit!

Getting back to the theme of this thread- Besides enjoying as much sex as a gray beard can get, riding has become the most exciting and satisfying activity I do. Without it, I'd probably have to go to a psych ward. So, don't stop, don't stop the riding, keep it on the boulevard ! ( Sung to the Journey tune Don't Stop Believing!)

PS- My doctor said that my titanium ball on hip plastic cup hip replacement will last 20 - 30 years; which will make me either 76 or 86 before I have to redo it. When I get my settlement from a lawsuit following the traffic accident that caused my hip problems, I'm looking to get another bike, maybe a Guzzi California for touring.
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Old 12-08-2008, 07:50 AM   #99
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I am 48 years old. On July 15, 2008 was backed over by a Chevy 3500 service truck while on a construction site. Collision resulted in a triple fracture of the left acetabulum (the hip socket itself). Fractures were repaired by internal fixation (1 plate, 6 screws).

X-rays taken at my six week follow up showed that trauma induced avascular necrosis had set in. On August 29, 2008 had a total hip replacement done on left hip.

In the last two weeks I have had terrible pain in the in the joint. Dr. suspects that the artificial socket may have detached from the bone. Had CAT scan done on Thursday 12/04 and should find out WTF is going on this afternoon.

I have very strong suspicion I will be going back under the knife in short order (what a pain in the ass - both physically and literally).

I had never been admitted to a hospital in 48 years, and now I am looking at three major surgeries in less than six months to remedy the results of an accident that should never have happened. One has to keep a good attitude though; no point in complaining and pointing fingers. I just want to get as healthy as I can, as soon as I can.

I have an R1150GS and a Triumph Speed Triple. Have not been on either one of them since early July and I fear it will be a while yet before I get to ride again: but I will ride, it's just a mater of time.
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Old 12-09-2008, 06:36 PM   #100
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I am 48 years old. On July 15, 2008 was backed over by a Chevy 3500 service truck while on a construction site. Collision resulted in a triple fracture of the left acetabulum (the hip socket itself). Fractures were repaired by internal fixation (1 plate, 6 screws).

X-rays taken at my six week follow up showed that trauma induced avascular necrosis had set in. On August 29, 2008 had a total hip replacement done on left hip.

In the last two weeks I have had terrible pain in the in the joint. Dr. suspects that the artificial socket may have detached from the bone. Had CAT scan done on Thursday 12/04 and should find out WTF is going on this afternoon.

I have very strong suspicion I will be going back under the knife in short order (what a pain in the ass - both physically and literally).

I had never been admitted to a hospital in 48 years, and now I am looking at three major surgeries in less than six months to remedy the results of an accident that should never have happened. One has to keep a good attitude though; no point in complaining and pointing fingers. I just want to get as healthy as I can, as soon as I can.

I have an R1150GS and a Triumph Speed Triple. Have not been on either one of them since early July and I fear it will be a while yet before I get to ride again: but I will ride, it's just a mater of time.

Man, I am really sorry to hear about your troubles. The important thing now is that you have a great attitude and want nothing more than to heal up and get back to regular life. That, IMHO, is what is most important when medical issues like this come up. You've got your goals in sight, and working toward them will make your recovery time much shorter, and your recovery itself more complete.
Best of luck with the hip, and please keep us up to speed on how things are going.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:17 PM   #101
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Man, I am really sorry to hear about your troubles. The important thing now is that you have a great attitude and want nothing more than to heal up and get back to regular life. That, IMHO, is what is most important when medical issues like this come up. You've got your goals in sight, and working toward them will make your recovery time much shorter, and your recovery itself more complete.
Best of luck with the hip, and please keep us up to speed on how things are going.
CAT scan confirms "total hip failure" (M.D.'s description). I hope third time's a charm as this shit is starting to get old right about now.

I envy you guys whose hip replacements have gone smoothly. I don't even dare try throwing my leg over the saddle for fear of having my leg become disjointed.

I guess a better call some riding buddies up to see if they'll come exercise the steeds. No point in letting the cobwebs build up on them.

Thanks for the good wishes.

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Old 12-09-2008, 07:42 PM   #102
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back issues

I have back issues and have had two surgeries already. Riding could result in another but I dont care; I am going to ride until I cant. I found a good pain management doctor and can control my pain most of the time. I am not going to wait on a couch to die.
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Old 12-12-2008, 09:11 PM   #103
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Hang in there BeemerPecker

I know that you fell like shit now but hang in there, it will be better!
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Old 01-22-2009, 04:05 AM   #104
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Looks like I have to get BOTH my hips replaced this year. I have hip displaysia, so I guess I'd better consider myself lucky that I'm not a german shepherd.

Both hips are totally shot, and the shape of the femoral head makes resurfacing a no-go.

And to top things off, my girlfriend of one year broke up withme last night. I kinda knew it wasn't going to last long-term, but still I'm gutted.

At 45yoa and in good shape otherwise, this totally sucks. However, I can't wait to get this done and over with so I can ride again.

Surgery is scheduled for may/june. Sigh.

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Old 01-22-2009, 06:14 AM   #105
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I had my resurfacing done on the 29th of Dec., stayed in the rehab unit at the VA hospital for 10 days for intensive therapy, did not want to do it but am glad now I did as my progress has been rapid. The first couple of days after the surgery I remember laying there and thinking why the hell did I do this, I could have lived with the hip a few more years but once you get up and around things progress quickly and those thoughts go away. One of my pt's rides a Tuono also so we had a lot to talk about. Under three weeks of crutches left and hope to get on my CB160 by the end of March also get to start driving again next week. Hope to never go through something like this again, it has been a real eye opener for me as I have been healthy and very active my whole life--this sitting around gig isn't for me! Cheers
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