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cannygirl

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Hello I am waiting for right THR but no date yet. I love skiing and would like to continue after surgery (when healed!). Is there any advice about this?
 

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We get asked this question very often. In most cases the answer is yes, you can return to skiing. What you will need to be careful about is falling - especially when you first start this activity again. And most important you must be fully healed before attempting skiing again.

Talk to your surgeon about this. They will use an implant most suited for an active lifestyle.
 

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I guess a lot depends on you and what your OS says. I'd say it would put you in jeopardy of screwing up all of the work your surgeon did, just have to decide if it's worth the risk.
 

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Definitely discuss this with your surgeon. Surgeons actually appreciate learning about our goals ... Sharing your goals after surgery establishes your individuality with the surgeon. And you get real feedback.

Most surgeons these days are forbidding less and less. I sense surgeons think that if a particular activity is important to our wellbeing, then engaging in that activity is good for us. I got the surgery with the goal of dancing and running afterwards. My surgeon endorsed both of those goals.
 

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One of our former staff members went back to skiing successfully after having both her knees replaced. She worked as a ski instructor.
She didn't rush back into it, but waited until her knees were completely healed and her muscles were strong again.
 

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All the best and healing mojo coming your way @Anniec19
 
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My initial visit to a surgeon, was very encouraging. He has done THR on a number of skiers one of whom is a professional!
 

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I am 17 years years post op, I am not a skier but have done a lot of climbing, rock, waterfall ice climbing and general mountaineering, I have climbed mountains in Peru including Huascaran, so I have no doubt you can partake in your activity, I have also fallen and landed in acquired positions and never have had a problem, but with somethings people can be different.
 

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I am not a skier but after my surgery I asked about restrictions and my OS said no bungee jumping. That was it. While restrictions may vary from one person to the next, I really think you will have no problem going back to skiing once you are totally healed. It sounds like you’ve already talked to your OS about this so that is good. I’m sure you’ll do just fine and be back on the slopes before you know it. Sending good wishes your way!
 

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I have just come back from a week's skiing in Austria just over one year post-OP. I was a bit wobbly on day 1 and fine after that - happy on reds and blacks and blasted down one run of 2k descent and over 10k length.

The quad in my op leg was burning at times showing that I am still not back to full strength. Also took one tumble on a steepish red and found it took much longer to get back up than before!

I skied well within my limits to reduce the risk of a bad fall and avoided more crowded slopes. And no off-piste.

My OS had said I could ski last season - ie 5 months post op. I probably could have but I dont think it would have been wise as I still had a lot of strength to regain and would have tried easily. I think a year post op was about right for me.

Good luck.
 

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