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06-07-2006, 07:52 PM
I have had to finally accept that I need a total hip replacement, scheduled for July 17.

Is there anyone who has experience with training after a total hip replacement?


06-07-2006, 10:36 PM
I can't help with the hip replacement, but one of the head teachers in my school (just down the road from you) has just had both knees replaced. She's not quite back on the mat yet as it only happened about 6 weeks ago. If you think that may help some, shoot me a PM and I can put you in touch with her. She's quite happy to chat with other people in similar situation.

06-07-2006, 10:39 PM
I have a student who had one hip done about 4 years ago, and he is having the other one done next month. His doctors have said it will be no problem for him to be back on the mat after rehab.

A friend of mine that is a Yoshinkan instructor in St. Paul has had it too. He seems to be fairing quite well.

06-08-2006, 12:49 AM
One of the students in the beginner´s class that I teach had both hip joints replaced about 5 years ago. He only started aikido one year ago and initially I was a bit worried about it. He is a bit overweight and I believe that aikido is the first sport he has ever done. He is extremely unflexible in his hips, but I believe this is due to him never having done any sport and not due to the replaced hip joints (my father has also had both his hips replaced and at age 69 he is still quite flexible and plays tennis regularly).

Beacuse of his lack of flexibility he has trouble doing full ushiro ukemi rolls but he can do ushiro ukemi with slapping out, so it doesn´t really stop him from practicing. Lately he even went to our ukemi workshop and started to get into breakfalling! I got worried when he did but he said that his doctor told him not to worry.

All the best for your surgery! I hope you´ll be back on the mat soon.

Mark Freeman
06-08-2006, 04:17 AM
My teacher has had both hips replaced ( he puts the need down to the judo in his earlier life ). He is also convinced that his aikido training helped in the recovery from the operations.

Take things easy, practice with great awareness of what your body is capable of. There are no prizes given to those who over do it.



06-08-2006, 08:03 AM
One of our seniorest students (77, sandan) quit training three years ago, right before her hip replacement,and is talking about resuming training now. I don't think she'll be doing any falling but it will be great to have her back on the mat, nothing like a little old lady to teach you Committed Attack!

06-08-2006, 10:20 AM
My dad had one of his hips replaced. For the better part of a year he was pretty much limited to weapons training, but now he's back in the swing of things. He got his sandan about a year and a half ago (~ two years post surgery). He also started mountaineering.

You're not going to be able to breakfall like you used to, or if you do, you're not going to be able to tell your doctor about it without getting said doctor extremely pissed off.

06-08-2006, 06:31 PM
I have had to finally accept that I need a total hip replacement, scheduled for July 17.

Is there anyone who has experience with training after a total hip replacement?


You might ask this question in a judo forum (e-budo?). I've known a lot more people in judo than aikido who've had this procedure.

Lucy Smith
06-08-2006, 06:42 PM
So it seems Judo is bad for your hips?
Well I didn't even know there were hip replacements, but having read what everyone posted, my guess is that you won't have any problems.
Hope it all goes well and you can be back on the mat soon!!

Mike Sigman
06-09-2006, 01:45 PM
Different hip replacements will disjoint more easily than others. For instance, if it's a total-hip arthroplasty with a sort of spike driven into the sawn-off top of the femur and the "ball" is fairly small, there is a better chance of the hip popping out of the socket. That's a consideration. Some hip procedures nowadays simply "resurface" the existing ball (in order to smooth it out again) with metal and put in a new socket on the pelvis... that results in a pretty good-sized ball that doesn't dislocate very easily. Not too mention it's a less-intrusive procedure that doesn't cut so many muscles, ligaments, etc.



06-09-2006, 03:33 PM
I know of someone who had both hips replaced and he is doing quite well and has returned to training. Though I pretty sure he doesnt do high falls anymore