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[RC] hip replacements - Sbolinge

I have had both my hips replaced..spaced about 18 months apart..I was riding two months after the second hip and ride pretty much pain free.  Unfortunately the first hip replacement caused permanent damage to my gluteus medius which essentially means I have to walk with a cane..not because of pain but because of pelvic instability.  HOwever, even if I knew beforehand that this was going to happen,,,I still would have had the surgeries..No more pain and you don't need your gluteus medius to ride!!! I've got a fold up cane that I tie onto the back of my saddle so I can get off and walk if I want to. Getting on is still a challenge but I am getting more creative all the time.  I hope do be doing at least a couple of fifties this next summer.  I know it sounds scarey..especially when the doctor starts listing all the potential complications..(they list almost all the same ones if you have your appendix out!) Just imagine what it would feel like to be without constant pain..It is sooooooo worth it!   Sandy bolinger