Anyone do any of the following activities?

Yolo (You only live once).

Anyone do any of the following (with or without the Shaman’s consent)?:

Downhill skiing
Roller blading/Ice skating
Cycling (specifically out of the saddle, up steep hills, clipped in)

I am looking to do all of the above and more, but the surgeon is ultra conservative…..grrrr.

18 thoughts on “Anyone do any of the following activities?

  1. Tell the surgeon you’d rather wear out than rust out! 🤣🤣
    I have 2 posterior that’s and on the Easter weekend this year I ran a 21km race, race report still to be posted 🤣🤣. Quite a hilly course but I managed without a problem. I also do spinning classes where we actually get out of the saddle especially on uphill climbs. Go with whatever you’re comfortable with. One step at a time.

  2. I have been downhill skiing (resort and backcountry) since ~3 months post-op, with the doc’s go-ahead, and have even fallen a couple times on the operated hip. I am not a super aggressive skier, but a fall is a fall. I also have been ice skating, although more carefully as ice is much harder than snow. Cannot speak to the other stuff listed above.

    Basically, my surgeon, who is very active himself (which I think counts for a lot) has OK’d everything except standing, straight-legged forward bends past 90° because there is a small risk of dislocation (ball/socket assembly not quite as deep as with natural bone). Seated forward bends OK because hip and hardware are supported by the floor. So, not a deal breaker by any means.

    My $.02.

  3. I don’t want to write a book but I have 2 surgeons who say the complete opposite of each other. I dislocated 9 weeks after the first surgery which is why I have 2. The original said to do everything I did before because that’s why he replaced the hip in the first place (I was having great pain in triathlons and hiking). Second surgeon said to never go on a road bike again. I live in Santa Barbara where there are major mountains and I’m out of the saddle all the time. It’s been 10 months since the 2nd surgery and I’ve done 1 century with 3 more to go this year. How far out are you from surgery?

  4. Yes! to all of the above except surfing (just because I don’t have the skills). I think that’s pretty conservative advice. As long as you’re not reckless, all of those activities (except surfing) have been perfectly fine for me. I’ve had my total hip replacement since 2001. No problems yet! Knock on wood.


  5. THR July 2013
    3 weeks after I was kayaking and swimming 1k plus riding a mountain bike for short periods.

    Currently on a weeks hols in Sardinia. Road cycling (with some monster climbs) for 2 hours a day. Tennis up to two hours and a 40 min run.

    Running and cycling strong enough to place me at the last 2 World Duathlon Champs.

    My surgeon is encouraging but says that my uncemented Furlong Evolution ceramic on ceramic is a hip for a full life.

    Hope this helps?

  6. My THR was last Nov 2nd , I am 57 years young!
    I saw my surgeon Jan 6 th for my follow up. My rehab was going well.
    I asked him about limitations going forward. I was a cyclist, runner, baseball player, soccer player. Very active.
    I was so concerned about not being bale to do the things that I loved. It’s who you are, being that athlete and all of a sudden it’s taken away. That is very frightening.
    He said “you have to live” you have to enjoy life. Don’t run 4 marathons a year but run yes. Ride, play baseball, play hockey. He is a hockey player as well. So he understood the need for competition and comraderie of sport. The healthy lifestyle.
    I ride my road bike up to 60 km (plenty of hills here in Vancouver BC ) every other week in a single ride with commutes of 20km both ways a couple times a week. I am running 4-7 km slow paced 2-3 times a week and I play competeive baseball every weekend. I’m not running the bases (pinch runner, sprinting is still not there) yet but I do pitch and catch again. No Pain! Feel great.

    Do what feels comfortable for sure but I have found that pushing a little bit farther each week and really focusing on your leg strength returning to normal is key. If the muscles in the leg and hips as well as your core are strong you will see wonderful gains. Makes you feel confident to do things. When the leg feels weak which it did and still does doing certain things you know you are not quite ready but build the strength up. Standing on one leg to put pants on is stil a little sketchy but it gets better every week. I’m not leaning or holding on to anything anymore.
    Keep at it.

    Good luck and yes you will get there. Do not be limited by a conservative Doc. This website and all its Hip Runners will attest to that. Know your body and how it feels.
    Hope something in here helps.

  7. ^ Congrats on all the activity and placing!

    Other activities as recovery has progressed: Cross-country desert walking over uneven ground with up to 30# pack; scrambing up dry waterfalls; sideslipping on talus; multi-pitch roped climbing and rappelling; running up to 20 miles per week; descending talus to avoid skiing bulletproof snow (long story); weightlifting; and yoga, with a side of sitting on the couch drinking beer and watching “Ripper Street” on Netflix.

    Just send your doc the link to this site!

  8. I do triathlons. I ride my bike up steep hills, clipped in. My surgeon would reposses my hip if he knew i ran. Too bad. I’m going to swim, bike, and run anywsy.

  9. I swear every doctor has a completely different opinion but I’m noticing more and more are saying “Go do what you want – just watch the high impact stuff”. I had an anterior-left in December 2013. I’ve, been playing sand volleyball, have done multiple 10k’s and countless 5k’s, cycled and snowboarded. And I embarrassingly had the WORST snowboard crash of my life last February and my hip came out of it unscathed. I’d say just retrain yourself to never jolt that leg down hard. Learn to use your knees and ankles together to absorb shock and make sure you do all kinds of isometric knee and hip stabilization / balance exercises. That builds up the little muscles around the joint that provide extra support.

  10. I skied Lake Tahoe, Park City, Breckenridge and Keystone this year. And I hit them hard. I’m 2.5 years out on my second hip. ( Both are replaced) This year I felt the most confident.

    GO FOR IT!!

  11. Where is the hoops option? I have played in Spokane Hoopfest 3-3 basketball tournament ever since it’s inception in 1990 including the year of my hip replacement! Enjoy your life my friend!

  12. Hi Chris,
    All my cycling is out of the saddle, it’s easy for me as my bike doesn’t have a saddle. I ride an ElliptiGo bike, it’s a stand up bike designed for runners. I love it, it’s a tougher workout than a regular bike. You get a great workout without any pain on your hip. If you live in an outdoor friendly area maybe you should consider it, if you live in a colder climate the zero runner may be a good option for you.

  13. Dave,

    Victoria, BC, mildest place in Canada. Outdoor friendly as all get out (see what I did there?).




  14. I had a posterior left replacement in March 2016 and I was back to full speed ahead and running verrry slowly and gently within four months! I experienced awful pain in my piriformis that had been completely underused prior to my surgery but deep tissue massage and LOADS of stretching and foam rolling cured it. My surgeon is UBER conservative and my physical therapist is UBER brilliant and has encouraged me to do everything I did before….run, play tennis, HIIT boot camp, hike, spin, and everything that doesn’t create too much intense impact on my new – and my old that needs to also be replaced – hip. I’m almost 60 and am thankful for the ability to move and stay in shape. I think the best thing to do is to listen to your body – it doesn’t lie!!!

    1. I am sure Cross Country skiing will be absolutely no problem. Skate skiing might be a different story as your hips are more involved in the process. Give both a try and report back!

      Hip Brother Tom.

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