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#754429 - 01/20/12 05:29 AM Riding after knee replacement  
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Fellow riders, I got a total replacement of my right knee on Monday 1/16/12. It's feeling better but still hurts like a bastard! I think the Doc did a great job. Has anyone had this and how long before you felt comfortable riding afterward? I'm sure looking forward to riding without pain, my knee had bone on bone for years.

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#754438 - 01/20/12 08:43 AM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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It's been quite a few year since I had mine, but I think I was on a bicycle at about a month...motorcycling wasn't a priority, but I could have easily ridden the motorcycle after a month. Physical therapy was my life for a while after the surgery. I was borderline fanatical about getting the best result possible. I believe that was the key for me.


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#754462 - 01/20/12 01:57 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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I had my replacement before I took up riding again so can't help you on that issue. One piece of advice I can give though: use the pain meds they prescribe for you. Mine ran out after two weeks and I decided to "tough it out". After the next two weeks of little or restless sleep, and having gone back to work after the first two weeks, I got the message after I woke up after my head hit the keyboard at work. I called the nurse PA and got another prescription and that got me the sleep I needed. Anytime they start cutting and remodeling your bone you're going to have lots of pain - those nerves are really sensitive.


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#754465 - 01/20/12 02:07 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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My knee was done May 12, 2008. Got back on the Harley (more comfortable sitting for post knee replacement than the RT) on July 12th. I was focused on rehab going 3-4 days a week and considered way ahead of schedule during the healing process. We all heal differently but you'll know when its time. That knee/leg has to be capable of supporting you without pain or weakness when asked to do so while riding. Last thing you want to do is screw up all that work and have to go back for more pain, agony and rehab.
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#754488 - 01/20/12 04:00 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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I blew out my right knee back in 2005 and had surgery to repair it. I rode an exercise cycle for a few months before I rode a motorcycle again. The hard part was that I was still riding dirt bikes - and my doctor told me that was out of the question as Id reinjure my right knee kicking my bike over. He being a street rider thought I could still ride my street bikes.

My wife asked me what the doctor said about my riding and I told her he suggested I buy an electric start dirt bike - hence the Honda CRF450X in my motorcycle list.

I wear Asterisk knee braces for added security and piece of mind- see link below.

http://www.asteriskbrace.com/

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#754556 - 01/20/12 09:13 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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Thanks for the responses fellows. Had my first PT session today, the doc and PT are both happy. I know that religious rehab is the key, so i'll hit that hard. Before the surgery I got my old hack rig ready to ride, she will get a lot of miles this year! The doc's advice on when to ride is of course "never". Orthopeadic surgeons are not big fans of motorcycling I guess.

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'79 R100T w/ Hack
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'07 Guzzi Norge
'09 Triumph Bonneville
'88 HD FLHS
'10 Triumph Thunderbird
'03 R1150RT
#754557 - 01/20/12 09:21 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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Originally Posted By: fatbob
Thanks for the responses fellows. Had my first PT session today, the doc and PT are both happy. I know that religious rehab is the key, so i'll hit that hard. Before the surgery I got my old hack rig ready to ride, she will get a lot of miles this year! The doc's advice on when to ride is of course "never". Orthopeadic surgeons are not big fans of motorcycling I guess.

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They're probably much worse fans of skiing. When I asked my orthopedic surgeon if I could ski after my knee replacement he said that he would prefer I didn't but, knowing I probably would, he asked me to try to stay off the moguls. I think the standard advice of "never" is a result of having to try to put back together some of these young, reckless, fearless kids that come to them through the ERs.


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#754736 - 01/21/12 05:55 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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I am a candidate for hip replacement. From what I have heard this may be more of a problem because you shouldn't rotate a replacement hip as far. Anyone have any input on this?

#754743 - 01/21/12 06:41 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: fatbob]  
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Originally Posted By: fatbob
I know that religious rehab is the key, so i'll hit that hard.


That and icing. After mine was done, I got one of these after using it at my therapist and very, very strongly recommend it.

I was lucky that I started a sabbatical to write a book right after the surgery, so I was able to work in shorts.

The biggest annoyance now is always setting off the metal detectors in airports and getting the full monty.

#754777 - 01/21/12 08:58 PM Re: Riding after knee replacement [Re: Tech1]  
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I have a good friend that had double hip replacements at 44 years old (former NCAA football player ) 6'-7" and 300 lbs, big guy. He was back to golfing in 6 months. He does not ride. Good luck with it! The technology is amazing.

Bob


'13 R1200GS
'79 R100T w/ Hack
'O2 K1200LT
'07 Guzzi Norge
'09 Triumph Bonneville
'88 HD FLHS
'10 Triumph Thunderbird
'03 R1150RT
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