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Evapinotti
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Hi bellas

I am looking forward to getting both my hips replaced this year.  I have had juvenile artheritis since forever (it seems.)  I am finally going to do something about it this year and replace these suckers.  I will problably be able to ride about 2 months after each is over (their gonna do one at a time.)  I am still kinda afraid of the "unknown"

ie how outta shape am I gonna get.

How much will my co pay w/ coverage be  (my joints will be custom made in Michigan by a bio med engineering comapny!!!!!!)  Ha Ha, I will be "the bio on ic Hip," after this!!!  I Still need to call blue cross!!!!!  YIKES.

If any other bellas have survived Total Hip replacement, and live to tell about it and are riding again I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT IT at this point.  Or if your a PT (ie bella physical therapist)  give me some good vibes to hang onto.

Hugs from Eva, the Crazy mountain bikin Skeggs addict...soon to be owner of a bionic hip!!!!!!!:D

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Hey, I'm sorry to hear that you've gotta go through that.  There's a local guy who had to have both of his hips replaced, so a few months before the surgury, he went out and got himself into killer animal shape in hopes of speeding up the recovery time.  Well, guess what?  It worked! 

He wasn't out running marathons or anything a week after, but he was up and walking around with crutches a few days to a week later though.  (I believe he had both replaced at the same time)

I wish you the best and am sending a Jim...er, i mean Bella Beam your way!!!

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Thanks Allie!

I am riding as much as a can right now (weather permiting).  I will probably be back on my bike for easy spinning 2 months into the first hip and then same after second one done.  How did you get the Cookie Monster guy onto your babble?  I love the cookie monster.  Or is that Ocsar the grouch I guess.  :ROFL:Eva

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Hi Eva,

I'm not a Physical Therapist but am am a Personal trainer for the last 18 years. I've worked with a number of clients who've had hip replacements.In addition, my 84 year old mother had both of her's repaced this past 2 years and she is doing great!!! She doesn't ride bikes but she does exercise regularly, walks, goes to group classes and even has taken up yoga.
The PT's will get you up and walking ASAP and you will be amazed how fast you will come back. There will be a few movements you will have to be aware and conscientious of avoiding afterwards (no internal rotation) otherwise you are going to feel so good!
In th meantime, keep up your fitness, work on your core strength and you should be good to go!

Nancy

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Thanks Nancy!

Yes, I hope to be roaming around free of pain soon!:hula:

Eva

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Good luck and keep us posted.  If you get down or need someone to talk to during recovery, let me know!

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thanks! I certainly will

Eva

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Sorry, did not see this post earlier. I am a PT; and on of my patients had a hip replacement recently (about a week ago) and walking with the cane 200+ feet as for now. I would recommend to discuss with your surgeon the approach the hip replacement would be done (anterior vs. posterior = front/side or back/side). Posterior approach results in some contraindications such as not flexing your hip or bending your torso beyond 90 degrees, which is kind of counterintuitive to the position on a bike.  And (of course ) mention to your surgeon the type of sport(s) you do (cycling, etc.); and ask what is the weight bearing status s/he recommends status post (after) surgery. The weight bearing status will determine how soon you will be able to walk w/out any assistive devices (crutches, walker,cane, etc.). And, please, follow the surgeon's instructions to the letter. They will see your joints in situ, (they know what was inside)Do as much as you can tolerate right now. It IS important since higher the fitness level, faster is the recovery. From the feedback from my patients: the joint pain will be gone, the pain b/c of muscles were violated, incision site is temporarily and resolves quite fast.

Good luck,

sincerely, Olga, PT/DPT

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Olga

thank you for your EXCELLENT feed back that has come at the best time possible!

I am due to meet with my surgeon shortly and had NO idea that I Should elect anterior VS postieor approach.  Great insight!!!! 

I actually Mountain biked today with a guy that had his hip replaced a few months ago.  Really nice dude that is older and races.  He had mentioned the anterior approach you suggested.  He had his anterior approach.  I plan on riding for many years when this is done.  So, whatever feedback I get right now is greatly appreachiated.

I will be keeping the Bella group in the loop as I progress to my journey to getting well and recovering.

Lotsa Love and thanks from Eva:bunny:

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Let me know how did the doc's appointment go. Hopefully, you'll have good communication with them, although I've met some who did not like to discuss issues with the patient. How approachable is the doc? and how easy/or hard to get in touch with them in case of emergency?

Good luck again,

Olga

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Howdy Olga

My Doctor/surgeon is great!  He is super approachable.  The first guy I Saw, that wasnt the case...he was pretty much a rude !!!**** that told me to "come back and see him when I was 50 or dying in pain".  (Pretty old school thinking..)  So...buh bye to him.

Anyhow, its 2 years later, I have found the right guy for the job and now I am just waiting on a CT based clay model of my hip to be sent to him and anaylzed so he can present the options to me.  My joints will be custom made for me.

I am a registered dietitian and work in health care and starting private practice in sports nutrition so I am pretty well schooled on how to use the system.  Your advise from the expert opinion stance is great though.

Once again, thanks folks.  Will keep all in the loop.

Eva, RD in Daly City at Seton Medical Center.:burp:

 

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You're definately in my thoughts as you go for this.  I"m also a PT and work specifically on the orthopedic floor at the Univ of Washington (as in Seattle) Medical center and am the one who gets you out of bed the first and next few days after the surgery.  Olga's points were excellent on approach considerations, but there is a "new" approach being done here called the two-incision that has radically different precautions (no bending past 110 degrees is basically it!) and is geared (no pun intended) for active people.    here's a link to the surgeons info: http://www.orthop.washington.edu/uw/tabID__3374/ItemID__76/mid__10294/Default.aspx

sounds like you are in great hands with your current surgeon.  The biggest thing I see is people get what they put into their joint replacement - it's like climbing a mtn by running smack into a brick wall first. the first morning is THE WORST (usually) and it gets better from there the more you move (with your PT/OT).   also sounds like you're active which will also serve you well, the more you can beef up your strength before your surgeries, the better (legs & arms).  I wish you nothing but the best and am also here to help as I can. :)  -kari

PS - I hope you're not planning to get them both done at the same time, I would really discuss that with your doc if you are.  If you can, I really recommend staging the operations a few months apart (it lowers so many complication risks). 

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Howdy Kari

Happy Friday to you and kudos for more excellent advise and support.

I need an invasive procedure done because of my Hip physiology...I have had issues with my hip joints since I was very young so I am not your typical pateint.  My doc performs those non invasive kind but I am not so lucky...like aforesaid I need CUSTOM hip prosthesis (being built from a CT scan they did!)  space age stuff.

Yes my doc has told me he will plan to do one hip at a time, Left one first so I can drive longer, he says.  So once again thank you to all Bellas especially you PT experts who really know yur stuff.  I will Let all know how it is going as I proceed w/ this.

:burp:Eva, the Dietitian, Mountain Bike addict, and Hip patient.

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Hi Folks

I now have a surgury date and plan

I got referred to a expert joint reconstuction doc at CPMC near my house in SF

I will go "under the knife" on July 28 2008. The right hip is first (gives me most problems pain wise.)    So I actually have a timeline and plan now...Yeah.

I will keep you all updated as I proceed with hip replacement.

Eva, the Mountain bike'n, bella, soon to be Bionic Hip.:mmmwah:

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One of the guys we race DH with had a hip replacement something like 6 months ago and has been out racing DH again - and doing really well.     He's extremely happy he had it done.    Fingers crossed that your operation goes just as well!!

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thanks Holly

thats encoraging news as I get closer to my surgury.  Eva  :burp:

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Howdy folks

I am a couple of days post op now.  I did so well recovery wise so far, that I left the hospital one day early.  I am hanging out at home in total hip precautions now with crutches and a walker and lotsa funky therapy devises to help me pick stuff up and put socks on N stuff.

Not much pain so far.  I am really amazed how well that is being managed.

They said at the hospital that my upper arm, torso and quad strength really where helping me bounce back good. 

So now I am hanging out with my hubby here at home.  He is becoming a pretty good Nurse and chef. 

All is going well.  This hip will be a OK by October (3 months)

The left hip will go under the knife perhaps in November.  I should be back on the bike by February next.    Bye for now.  Eva the Bionic Hip:silly monkey:

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Congrats!  Keep us posted and heal up!

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wonderful news! thanks for the update

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Very glad to hear it's going so well!!

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thanks for well wishes VB

sure will.   Gotta go eat a hamburger now.   Eva:burp:

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Howdy Y'all

Just an  update.  I have under gone the left hip replacement now.  Looking forward to returning to Mtn and road biking likely in early January 2009...2 months post op.

Will be able to round out my fitness regimen with hiking and dog walking pain free now.  Yay. 

Eva, the Bionic Hip/Skeggs Point addict.:hula:

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Sending you Bella Beams from the East Coast Bellas.  I am sure you are looking forward to getting out there soon. 

Thanks for keeping us updated !

Take Care and Heal !

Hillary

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Thanks Hilary/East Coast Bellas

Hope you are enjoying some nice cyclocross/Fall weather this weekend.

Best, Eva:D


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