How long after a total hip replacement

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    01-24-2013, 01:51 PM
How long after a total hip replacement

Before it is okay to ride? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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    01-24-2013, 06:17 PM
I would think that recovery could vary greatly from one person to another. I have been looking all over but I can't find it. Somebody posted that his wife has started back riding 4 months after hip replacement.
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    01-24-2013, 06:19 PM
Just found it:

4 Months Hip Replacement
    01-24-2013, 06:40 PM
That is up to your doctor/surgeon to access your healing process, it's ok to get a time guideline, but before I would risk damaging a surgeon's work, I would check it out with them.
    01-24-2013, 06:50 PM
There are different procedures done-all are not created equal. So, the only thing I can say is to reiterate talking to your surgeon. I am sure you are robably still at the point of keeping legs apart, at certain angles, etc........and you do NOT want to risk popping the joint out.
    01-25-2013, 01:32 PM
Thanks to all who responded

And the great post regarding Heidi who started riding at 4 mths.

I know I should have asked my Ortho at my 6 wk f/u about the time frame however when he told me I could not ride then, I was caught off guard and my emotions got the best of me. I did not think to ask when or why not. I am now 8 weeks out but my next appt is not until the end of Feb. I was released to 100% weight bearing and given the okay to start the exercises with my right leg out to the side. I was also released back to work, to drive and to do the horse chores. Guess I just don't understand why no riding. I don't plan on doing anything jarring and plan on riding my 16 yr old QH who is trustworthy. I would agree that each person's surgery and recovery is different but I feel that my Ortho may be over precautious because of the fall that initially broke my hip. I had surgery w/ screws Sept 2011 by another doctor. Unfortunately I developed AVN and the bone went away and screws came loose which is why I ended up having the recent total hip replacement. Honestly I am long due for a ride mentally. Thanks
    01-25-2013, 01:39 PM
Hang in there. It would be better to hold off until the end of February and get checked out on your next appointment than to start too soon and mess up your hip. February is a short month.
    01-25-2013, 01:49 PM
Went ahead and called Ortho and nurse is going to check with him and call me back. Sure hope it is good news for the weekend... YEE HAW
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    01-25-2013, 01:56 PM
Definitely your surgeon will need to okay it. 3-4 months I believe is the average.

I broke my hip (and leg) in November and he isn't even considering giving me the okay yet. Of course, a broke hip is not the same as a hip replacement, especially because I snapped it off at the neck and shattered by femur, and that takes longer to heal. He told me I was lucky to be riding by next fall but... I don't believe him!
I just got approved for 25% weight on that leg yesterday and that's all the improvement I get for at least another six weeks. Although, that's kinda hard when you have to haul water and grain down to the barn everyday...

Anyhow, fingers crossed for your good news!
    01-25-2013, 02:16 PM
WS Arabians: I feel for you....

And understand. When I first broke my hip and they did surgery to put the scews in that doctor had me non weight bearing for 8 weeks and I did have some help but as soon as I started weight bearing it was back to chores and riding. Of course I only broke my hip/femur neck. Walking hurt but no problems riding until the end when everything had come loose because of the AVN. Guess my hard head should have went to the ER when it happened instead of spending 2 days flat on my back in a camper. Since my surgery was delayed blood flow was cut off, plus a smoker so a higher risk for AVN.
Do you have hardware?
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