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Have an appt. next month with an Orthopedic Surgeon to see about my hip problems. Have not been able to cross my legs since January like women do when we sit. I can't even put my right foot on my left knee when sitting to tie my shoes or vice versa.

Have major pain in left hip and amped up my walking over winter to about 8-9 miles a day and that's when I noticed the pain getting worse. Stopped walking June 6th and saw my regular Dr. on 7/11 and got a shot in my hip for bursistis. Got an x-ray done and they say I have arthritis in both hips and a cyst on my left hip and told me to see an Othopedic Dr. The worse thing is sitting at my desk at work - everytime I get up to go to the copy machine I can barely get my hip in the joint to walk and it is a 10 on the pain scale. Same thing happens as the dinner table - I sit for dinner and when I get up YIKES major pain.

I can see total hip replacement in my future and went to a seminar on knee and hip replacement surgery and they said that I will not be able to snowboard or waterski after surgery. I have been very bummed and have been my worse enemy by looking everywhere on the internet for people who can return to what they love to do after surgery.

I have found a lot of people still slalom waterski after surgery and they say to find a good sports orthopedic doctor but not all doctors may know what your sport entails. I have been able to waterski this summer and it doesn't hurt to waterski - yet!!! Lining my feet in a straight line for the single waterski is a little iffy, but I can waterski (which I do every weekend during the summer)

It says you can downhill ski after surgery if you already skied before, but snowboarding is an outright no on the list. Which I would think skiing would be worse if you fell and your legs went every which way your hip could pop out.

So, does anyone here know of anyone who still snowboards after hip replacement surgery? As you know, I am just an easy going snowboarder, no jumps, I don't go fast and I am very cautious when boarding.

I can still do long distance bike rides and the elliptical for exercise and that doesn't seen to bother my hip - but walking and standing forget about it!!!!

I thought this may come to play when I was 65 or so - not 56!!! :injured:

Thanks for any info you can share....

Vicki
 

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While I obviously can't say for sure?

A friend of mine had hip replacement surgery this past year.
He's the most hard core skier I've ever ridden with.
Actually the best day I've ever had riding, was following him at mt.Baker.
I couldn't better that day for 25 years, up until last year.

He was already mtn biking this year & good luck trying to get him to stop skiing.

I'd say, it's up to you.
Rehab is a bitch, the more pain you can endure on your recovery, the faster you'll be back.

Only you can do it, so Do it.


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Hi ,
Get the surgery pain from your bad hip will go immediately .Chose your surgeon carefully do lots of research ,there's so much out there .Mention the sports you love doing and how active you keep yourself as this can lead to different sizes in replacements .
Also different incision areas (posterior and anterior )which you will have to discus with your surgeon .
Main thing is don't worry everything will work out just fine ,do good rehab good rest icing will help. If your not sure of certain exercises stretching for the first few months check with your medical team . The rehab is a goal to get you back snowboarding . I've just had my op this week and mentioned snowboarding to my physio's you could have knocked them over with a feather, staring at me as if I was mad . It's all about how much rehab you do ,I'm going to miss this coming winter and look at Mar 2018 . 18 months rehab my legs /glutes are going to be very strong . Also some amazing impact shots out there ( Forcefield pro impact shorts used by British Olympic snowboard team) and sold by lots of motor bike shops ,that's saying something . Go out on powder days ,change your bindings if they are not cantered which will align your knees hips better and take press off you thighs . Go easy and build your confidence .
You can do anything that you want to do . Someone sent me a guided post and pre op meditations which helped amazingly . Had no fear or worry going into the op quite the opposite , I was very excited . They put you in really good frame of mind ,and as the medical team said to me after that my heart rate and blood pressure hardly moved throughout the procedure .

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I had a shredded labrum in my hip from a soccer injury 5 years ago. Was also diagnosed with a impingement(fai) and cysts. I snowboard 2 years ago with the existing injury OK. Then last may I had the labrum anchored and the femur was shaved to remove the impingement and 6 months later I was stronger than I had been in a few years. I was boarding by November and was able to be really aggressive from start of season to end. My hip is even better and stronger now though if had some set backs here and there (but that's with any rehab).
The only regret I had was not seeing a dr when the injury happened instead I wasted a few years. Even if I still put off surgery I would have known what was wrong and could've had a focused pt program which I know would've helped. Go talk to your doc.let him know what you want from life and set goals to get it

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I can't offer much in advice, but can help to keep things positive. Of course you will snowboard after! If they say it can't be done and there are no stories online then you just might have to be the first.
If you are into water skiing why not get into wake surfing?
Anyway stay strong, there is only one person that can stop you...And that's Chuck Norris.
 

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I can't offer much in advice, but can help to keep things positive. Of course you will snowboard after! If they say it can't be done and there are no stories online then you just might have to be the first.
If you are into water skiing why not get into wake surfing?
Anyway stay strong, there is only one person that can stop you...And that's Chuck Norris.
Well said freshy. Just find out how to make the most out of the situation then do it.

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how old are you?

The thing about these replacements is that they really don't last forever. If you were 65+, you'd probably die with the thing still functioning fine... but if you're in your 20s or 30s then you really need to make the thing last.

Think of a hip like a tire. If you put a ton of mileage on it now, you'll burn through the thing pretty quickly and need a replacement. Especially if you're doing a lot of rough riding (I.E. snowboarding).

Here's the problem: you're much more likely to have issues with the second hip replacement than the first. The more replacements you have to have, the more they have to shave away or tear out to make the thing stick.

So could you snowboard now? I dunno.. really depends on the model you get AFAIK. But I would point out that any "overuse" you put on the artificial joint now will be paid for twenty to thirty years down the road.
 

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I will tell you what my surgeon told me. 'There is no reversing surgery so do what you can to avoid it, but if you're forced to alter your lifestyle and you can not live that way then do the surgery because you're too young to live depressed'
That said we are all experts (NOT) wer are all armchair qbs.

Best advice I can give is find a good specialist,find out what the source of the pain is etc. (If you don't definitively know this)then discuss options and stress the importance of snowboarding or whatever it is you enjoy in life and how you can do them. And by specialist i mean a Dr who works with athletes routinely or enjoys sports themselves. It is important they really understand what these activities truly mean to us. Not all doctors are equal. If they don't understand an athletes mentality they likely haven't researched what it takes to get back to that as well as one who is passionate about sports.

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I had a shredded labrum in my hip from a soccer injury 5 years ago. Was also diagnosed with a impingement(fai) and cysts. I snowboard 2 years ago with the existing injury OK. Then last may I had the labrum anchored and the femur was shaved to remove the impingement and 6 months later I was stronger than I had been in a few years. I was boarding by November and was able to be really aggressive from start of season to end. My hip is even better and stronger now though if had some set backs here and there (but that's with any rehab).
The only regret I had was not seeing a dr when the injury happened instead I wasted a few years. Even if I still put off surgery I would have known what was wrong and could've had a focused pt program which I know would've helped. Go talk to your doc.let him know what you want from life and set goals to get it

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Similar to what I had. I had a cam resection on both hips (re-shaping of the femoral head to remove the impingement)... one in June, the other in August. I'm still rehabbing, but it's already better than before the surgery. If they said yes to skiing but no to snowboarding, that is very likely a bias. I, for one, discovered snowboarding after breaking my leg and not feeling safe on skis. I feel much more stable and safe on a snowboard. Listen to your body, your body knows itself better than your doctor.

Also, agree 100% with finding an ortho that understands your love for your activity level. I told mine going in that the only reason I was doing my hips was so that I could snowboard without pain... and that I was doing them in the summer so I wouldn't miss this season. :D
 

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Hip scope and resection/repair is totally different than a total hip replacement. Totally different rehabs and post op expectations for activity levels. I have been a part of quite a few of them on professional level athletes in their 20s. Yeah, 6 months later they are 110% of prior levels.

THA will not have the same effects on the bone and joint structure. She will feel better and be able to snowboard (with general and some added risks)but definitely not going to feel like prior to her osteoarthritis issues. This is an apples to apricots comparison.
 

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Hip scope and resection/repair is totally different than a total hip replacement. Totally different rehabs and post op expectations for activity levels. I have been a part of quite a few of them on professional level athletes in their 20s. Yeah, 6 months later they are 110% of prior levels.

THA will not have the same effects on the bone and joint structure. She will feel better and be able to snowboard (with general and some added risks)but definitely not going to feel like prior to her osteoarthritis issues. This is an apples to apricots comparison.
Argo thanks for making that distinction.

I didn't read the op very well last night and was thinking a definitive diagnosis may not have been made yet. Also I missed the age and yes once arthritis has set in and/or the patient is over 40 then the scope is usually not an option.

Through all my rambling what I most wanted to say is getting advice from those with similar problems is great, but everyone is different and had different expectations. Also it's my opinion that most people posting on forums about injury recovery are those with bad experiences or lingering problems, those who recover fully often forget to post updates because they are busy living life.

The best advice is had from a good specialist and other professionals with experience.





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You need to talk to your doctor about the activities you’re interested in because after total hip replacement you have to be very careful, you need to consult a professional orthopedic doctor. Last year my brother also had hip replacement surgery. After the surgery, he went, through a massage therapy that has tremendous healing properties. His physical therapist suggested him to install a walk-in bathtub(walkinbathtubwa.com/products/) because these bathtubs supply a hydrotherapy jet, which is an alternative form of therapy to relieve joint pain. After few months, he had not started doing snowboarding but he had started low-impact activities like walking or swimming.
 

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Hopefully this will be good news for everybody out there with a bad hip or hips, I just did 5 days of snowboarding in average conditions "no park riding" after a total hip replacement 3 months ago on my left hip. There was some pain around the scar and minimal muscle pain however no hip pain. I rode as hard as I liked with no issues and I was given the okay from both my doctor and physiotherapist that it was okay to snowboard. I had minimal invasive total hip replacement surgery with ceramic on ceramic, I have been snowboarding since 1984 at least 40 days a year it finally got too painful in February this year and also a welcome to turning 50.
 

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Hopefully this will be good news for everybody out there with a bad hip or hips, I just did 5 days of snowboarding in average conditions "no park riding" after a total hip replacement 3 months ago on my left hip. There was some pain around the scar and minimal muscle pain however no hip pain. I rode as hard as I liked with no issues and I was given the okay from both my doctor and physiotherapist that it was okay to snowboard. I had minimal invasive total hip replacement surgery with ceramic on ceramic, I have been snowboarding since 1984 at least 40 days a year it finally got too painful in February this year and also a welcome to turning 50.
Rock on. I got 40 days in really aggressive riding this year and about 25 last year. Had my labrum reattached and femur resurfaced 2 years ago.
I will rewire a total hip at some point, hopefully not for at least 10 more years,and is good to hear your expediency had been positive.
Keep enjoying the snow.

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Hopefully this will be good news for everybody out there with a bad hip or hips, I just did 5 days of snowboarding in average conditions "no park riding" after a total hip replacement 3 months ago on my left hip. There was some pain around the scar and minimal muscle pain however no hip pain. I rode as hard as I liked with no issues and I was given the okay from both my doctor and physiotherapist that it was okay to snowboard. I had minimal invasive total hip replacement surgery with ceramic on ceramic, I have been snowboarding since 1984 at least 40 days a year it finally got too painful in February this year and also a welcome to turning 50.
Awesome news. I just had both cams resectioned last summer. Rode with a fair amount of pain this past season, so I'm sure I'll be getting both replaced by 50-ish.
 

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Ranquet got a total hip replacement back in 2011 and he's been killing it the last few years again, last year (2015/16 season ) he rode something like 60 days in a row @ The Bird with no issues, I'd see him everyday up there...


So I'm sure anyone can be just as good after a hip replacement to go out and ride again till your hearts content.

BUT I am sure ( and I'm speaking from experience of 3 cadaver ligaments put into my body and 5 total knee surgeries ) like any injury/surgery/recovery/rehabilitation you will only get out of it what you put into it....


MIKE RANQUET | POWDER & RAILS | VICE | PT 1/4 - Transcript Vids
 

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Will this is good to hear! I am still "staying the course" and should be able to go this winter (17-18) without surgery. I've been slalom waterskiing all summer with no problems - so snowboarding this winter should be okay (knocking on wood)! Still biking riding 30 miles on the weekend also. The minute I can no longer waterski, bike ride or snowboard I will be in for surgery. So far as of today, the only pain I have is walking. If I keep my walking down to just short term shopping I am okay. No hiking or 20,000+ steps a day for me anymore. But since I'd rather waterski and snowboard, I'll give up the hiking and walking for now!
 

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Have you had any significant injuries to your low back or hips? Are you or have you been overweight? These are things predisposing factors for osteoarthritis which majority if people your age would have but most do not have any symptoms.

There is no way of diagnosing your condition without physically and radiologically examining you.

Sounds to me like you get your pain when you're in a flexed position. Is the pain mainly in the back or front of your hips (near the groin)? Sounds to me like you could have an impingement in the hips which is quite easily managed with physical therapy.

My suggestion is to head to a physiotherapist to have yourself assessed. And if that fails to improve your symptoms at all after 4 months then consider surgery. You won't lose anything apart from time and money but if you go down the road of surgery immediately, the prognosis is not certain and you won't be able to undo it if it doesn't go your way.
 

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@Tif - no, I have not had any injury to my back or hips. It started when I started walking 20,000 steps a day, on break, at lunch, after work etc. I noticed January 2016 that all of a sudden I could not cross my legs when I was sitting and walking was beginning to hurt my hips and I started limping. Didn't really think anything of it as it was in the middle of snowboard season. But then after a month I was having troubles putting my shoes and socks on. I went to my Dr. in July who recommended x-rays. The x-rays showed advanced Osteoarthritis in both hips, bone on bone with bone spurs and cysts. Now it was the middle of waterskiing season so I just put it off until October and went to see an OS Surgeon. I told him of my waterskiing and snowboarding activities and how I want to keep doing them as long as I can. He suggested PT to see if there are any new stretches that I am not already doing in my workout routine that may help. Well, they did! I was able to snowboard all winter, every weekend. I was also able to waterski all summer. As long as I am not getting worse and just staying the course, I am going to hold off having surgery. But as soon as I can no longer waterski or snowboard due to pain, I will schedule surgery. Right now, I am taking Meloxicam and am doing great. I can still ride my bike 30 miles on the weekend and an elliptical for an hour daily. I know that when this starts to impact my sleep and daily life that I will schedule the surgery - until then just taking one day at a time!
 
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