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The road to recovery

Post by sullivj on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 8:01 am

On Tuesday, I had my right hip replaced. At 41, I'm definately at the young end of the spectrum to have this done, but I'm really hoping it will be worth it.

Day to day, it gave me some pain, more like just general discomfort, but riding the bikes is where the real trouble began...

I was finding that after a while on the bike, the pain was getting so intense that the only way to relieve it, was to stand up and realign the joint. I got quite skilled at riding my BMW RT in a standing position, as this was the most comfortable. I was reluctant to stand on the pegs of my CB, incase they broke.

The time I could ride 'pain free' became less and less, until it came down to less than 10 minutes. It go so bad, that I actually got stuck on my RT outside my house, unable to move my painful leg at all. Thank God I had connected my intercom to my phone, and was able to phone for help.

4 months after this happened, and a lot of tests later, I am now the proud owner of a titanium ball and plastic cup replacement joint.

I opted for sedation during the op, so could hear them sawing and banging, but couldn't feel a thing.  For a few hours after the op, I couldn't feel anything below my waist, but gradually it all came back.

Now, I am learning to walk again and can't wait to get back on the bikes. My surgeon was VERY anti bike, so not very encouraging on that front.  Is there anyone here that rides with a replacement hip? If so, I'd be interested to know how (if at all), it's affected your ability to ride?
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by Fair Weather Rider on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 9:17 am

Get well soon John, nice to hear you have gone for genuine parts, and not the Chinese ones.
I suffer with cramp and sometimes when I swing my leg over the bike, I have to get back off because of the cramp in my thigh, sometimes have to stand by the bike for 10 minuets until it goes, it usually happens at petrol stops, it also happens at junctions, which is very awkward. (the joys of being old)
Just can't ride with the pain, have to stop and like you said standing up on the pegs helps.(hope it's not my hip)
You will soon be back on that bike and loving it. cheers
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by teamster1975 on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 10:47 am

You kept that one quiet John! Hope you have a very quick convalescence, my wife had surgery last Wednesday which seems to have FINALLY given her some relief, so hopefully we can get some good bike rides in this year. I enjoyed Epping Forest, can't believe that is nearly a year ago!
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by Beresford on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 2:58 pm

Yikes! 41! You must have been giving them hell to wear out so soon? I need new knees and keep putting it off as I can still ride OK - except for occasional hip cramp. Maybe when I'm a bit older I'll have it done. 73 now. Trying the losing weight approach first. 63lbs since last October and only another 35lbs to go !
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Post by trevor machine on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 7:01 pm

@sullivj wrote: could hear them sawing and banging

No affraid No

think i'd have gone with the full knock out drops me sen. ; - ) 

But GWS.
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by Crash- Elmit on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 7:28 pm

Hope you get back on a bike soon, Sullivj.

I opted for a local when I had my shoulder done so I watched them drilling the holes and hammering rawl plugs in.
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by tt fan on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 7:36 pm

For a terrible moment then i thought you'd taken a knock!
Wish you a full and speedy reovery John!
Blimey, bit brave / mad staying awake for that op it's not like having a tooth out!! Good luck with all the physio / rehab but most of all take your time to rest - that's when a lot of recovery happens...
Hope to see you on a ride out in the summer. Cheers for now. T
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by davecb5002 on Sat 24 Feb 2018, 8:37 pm

Hi John-Hope you soon recover from your hip replacement.
I have had both hips replaced, the first one about three and a half years ago and the second one twelve months after. Unlike you I had the full knockout, having been warned by people who had not that you hear drilling,hammering and the smell of burning flesh affraid affraid.But after both operations was back home after 2 days. They got you out of bed the morning following operation learning how to use the crutches,took me about three weeks for both to stop using the crutches.
My walking now is 100% better.
Before the treatments I could hardly walk and worst of all could not get my leg over a bike to ride,I bought a 125 Yamaha scooter,no problem with leg over that, in fact I have still got it.
I tried my first bike ride after about two months and after being told do not fall of it and break your new hips, I found it no problem to ride. Get the occasional twinge if riding for long periods, but just stretch the leg out and pain soon gone.
Fortunatly my surgeon is a biker,have met him a few times since for rides out with others,so no problem with that.
I did do a lot of physio and excersice with my legs to get the strength back,including some weight training, but is much stronger now.
The only mistake I have made is I bought a VFR last year but have to admit it is rather to heavy for me to push around stationary, alright riding but pulling on centre stand etc is not on.
So anyone looking for a  mint VFR 750 with only 12K on clock and as new let me know Sad :(R
Regards Dave

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Post by sullivj on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 6:07 am

Thanks for the kind words of encouragement chaps. It's great to know that I should be able to get back on the bike without a problem (eventually!).

Because of the pain in my right hip / leg, I would keep normally keep that one on the peg at junctions and get my left boot down first. If you're careful about gear selection, it's possible to ride that most of the time, albeit not ideal. I'm looking forward to being pain free, and able to choose whichever (or both) feet to put down.

I do have a concern that my BMW R1200 RT may be too heavy to get onto the centre stand, but will have to wait and see.  I have a very light 1957 250cc Ambassador, so will try that for my first ride, before I progress to my CB.

When I was waiting for my op, a mate messaged me with "hope it all goes well, of not, can I have Tango (my Orange CB500)". Good to know the bike is still desirable!

Teamster, Glad to hear Mrs Teamster is seeing some improvement.
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 8:04 am

Ouch that's incredibly young age for such a job. Glad you're healing up and soon to be back on the bike, what was it that caused your hip to wear out so quickly?
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by ANDYC on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 8:47 am

That is young to need a replacement.
I hope your recovery is swift John.

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Post by sullivj on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 9:06 am

When I was about 8, I had a problem with my right leg not working. They put me in hospital traction for 2 weeks, and it got better.

My consultant thinks that this was the onset of arthritis in that hip joint. Eventually, all of the cartalidge wore away, and it got to bone on bone. The other hip is absolutely fine.

He said that if they knew then, what we know now, they could have done something about it, but 30 years ago, they weren't so well informed.

Today, the swelling and bruising has really come out on the operated leg, but I'm cracking on with the excercises.
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Post by ANDYC on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 9:23 am

Ah, that goes a long way to explaining it. I have arthritis of the lower spine which is no fun at all. But I thought I was young at 56 for it. Although 30 years on and off as a courier enjoying our smooth surfaced roads may have had an input.

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Post by muttley1 on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 5:03 pm

Get well soon.

I think a member called Wonkster had a new hip. Haven't seen or heard from him for a couple of years. He went on a european tour and did a blog that just stopped. I fitted some handlebar risers for him to help his back.

Btw, Mrs M knows about these things, says good physio = full recovery. Not something the NHS are strong on...

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Re: The road to recovery

Post by Jameshambleton on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 6:17 pm

@muttley1 wrote:
Btw, Mrs M knows about these things, says good physio = full recovery. Not something the NHS are strong on...

I've heard the best thing to do is to keep using it as normal until it really hurts, not to rest it at all. Though that might be ligaments?
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Post by wrighty on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 7:24 pm

Hey all, we are quite a knackered old lot arent we? I had right hip replaced 3 years ago. Agony towards the end, couldnt wait for the op. One week to the day later walked three quarters of a mile to local gym (with sticks) did some upper body work and walked home. Now its the best bit of me, aches and pains everywhere else but not there. I do a bit of cycling too and last summer rode 300 miles in 3 days from Peterborough to Ilfracombe. This july am riding coast to coast with a mate. If you take the physio seriously it makes all the difference. Left hip now letting me know that its getting there so maybe this winter or maybe next. I wish you a speedy recovery Sullivj. I'm sure youll be back on the road in no time.
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Post by ceejay on Sun 25 Feb 2018, 9:18 pm

Hope you have a speedy recovery! Physio is key as others have said. I once broke a wrist bone badly and needed it pinned back together. I never completed full physio course (long story) and never regained the full movement that I likely would have and now it's too late! Luckily I can still twist a throttle   Smile
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Post by Old Wobbly on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 4:28 pm

Hi Sullivj

Get better soonest.

Any op that affects your riding is a b'stard. Had surgery on my right shoulder 3 weeks ago. (Frayed tendon and buggered collarbone)
Can't even get the bike off its stand now.... The physio has banned me from lifting, pulling, pushing for another 6 weeks minimum. Jeez.

So yeah, it can only get better. It has to, otherwise we'd all just give up. Just keep going mate, plenty of life left for living and riding.

All the best
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by sullivj on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 5:39 pm

Thanks for the words of encouragement chaps.

I'm sure that physio is indeed the key to the success of all this. The NHS don't seem to help with this, so the hunt is now on for some private help.

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Post by muttley1 on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 6:25 pm

Perhaps try your local(ish) private hospital, they'll do a lot of hips/knees and will have physios familiar with this sort of recovery...
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Post by wrighty on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 7:06 pm

I didn't have a physio see me I was given a booklet with exercises to do. Main things are don't overdo range of movement too soon but don't sit back and wait for it to get better on its own. Little and often is the key. I found an exercise bike with very little resistance really helped.
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by davecb5002 on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 7:15 pm

I would second what wrighty says, exercise bike is very good to get strength and movement back.
With my first hip I was sent to see a physio after a couple of weeks. He gave me some sheets with excercises on, showed me how to do them and advice little and often. This was a specialised Orthapedic Hospital at Gobowen, they were very good. Would not go to the expense of going private.
You will find in a couple of weeks things get better. GOOD LUCK Smile Smile
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Re: The road to recovery

Post by skyrider on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 7:25 pm

when I went to see my doctor about my arthritis she sent me to a physiotherapist and she had me doing exercises and said I had to do them three times a day, and because it was on national health I only got four visits to the physio and if/when the pain goes any worse I have to go back and see my doctor and maybe start with the physiotherapist again Neutral
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Post by Crash- Elmit on Mon 26 Feb 2018, 10:41 pm

I had 4 sessions with a NHS physio. they mainly consisted of stretching different strength strips of rubber band to strengthen the muscle and some exercises ro expand the limit of shoulder movement as I now had a shorter set of shoulder muscles on the right side compared to the left.

I was also told to stay of the bike for at least 3 months but that was way too long a time for me so as soon as I could hold the bars without pain I was back on it.
 The only thing I have now is I am unable to get my right arm up behind my back as much as I could before.
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Post by John_B on Thu 22 Mar 2018, 12:50 pm

How are things going, John?

I have a CB500S but rarely ride partly owing to hip problems.

The NHS doctor dismissed the idea of treatment. Perhaps his advice would have been different if there was money in't. I am thinking of emigrating, largely because I've been paying National Insurance for years but it turns out the government have nicked the money and put part of it towards something other than a National Insurance scheme, so getting hips done seems difficult. If the move goes through I will be able to have treatment too,. It is still a big decision in my mind to have an op. It would be interesting to hear of your progress, and how far it helps riding.


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