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Skiing after hip replacement?

croig

Diva in Training
#22
I had both of my hips replaced approximately three years ago using an anterior approach and an excellent surgeon. I was skiing approximately five months postop with no issues whatsoever.
great to hear that ! I had my right side done in april, I am experience skier buy a bit scared to go to the slopes again....
 

Jazza

Certified Ski Diva
#23
Happy new year to you all and especially my fellow hippies! I’m 48 and had my hip replaced 5 months ago. My annual ski trip is approaching (mid Feb) and I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve had hip scopes to both hips in The past 4 years and have skied afterwards on my Head Absolute Joys. I’m only 158 myself and have been skiing on 158cm. Thinking of going a bit shorter for manoeuvrability (say 155). Will mainly stay on piste maybe dabble around the edges so I will go for a wider ski.
Contenders are Black Pearl 88 or 82 or Atomic Vantage 86. I won’t be able to demo as I’m in London and the mountains are in Austria!!
Grateful for any feedback for those who have tried these skis ( especially comments re grip / edge control)
 

croig

Diva in Training
#26
St Anton beautiful...., I guess you also avoid crowds as a safety measure
you can put the boot in a very loose setting in case of anything..
 

marzNC

Angel Diva
#28
Happy new year to you all and especially my fellow hippies! I’m 48 and had my hip replaced 5 months ago. My annual ski trip is approaching (mid Feb) and I’m both excited and nervous. I’ve had hip scopes to both hips in The past 4 years and have skied afterwards on my Head Absolute Joys. I’m only 158 myself and have been skiing on 158cm. Thinking of going a bit shorter for manoeuvrability (say 155). Will mainly stay on piste maybe dabble around the edges so I will go for a wider ski.
Contenders are Black Pearl 88 or 82 or Atomic Vantage 86. I won’t be able to demo as I’m in London and the mountains are in Austria!!
Grateful for any feedback for those who have tried these skis ( especially comments re grip / edge control)
Welcome! I demo'd the BP88 @145cm a couple seasons ago. I'm 5'0" (152cm), over 60, advanced, and my all-mountain skis that are 85 underfoot are 159cm. So mid-150 length would be fine for you. The instructors at Taos, which is famous for bumps, tend to prefer shorter skis for easier turns.

After knee rehab (popped an ACL doing something unrelated to skiing and didn't do surgery), I was on shorter skis during the first season. Was back on my usual length all-mountain skis by the end of the season.
 

Cautious

Diva in Training
#30
This is my third season of skiing after a hip replacement at age 58. My surgeon and sport physio said I could ski as long as I “cruised the blues” — that is, no more black diamonds — and no more skiing on busy days. I’m spooked enough by the prospect of snapping my femur below the implant that I’m fine giving up black diamonds, and the one day I accidentally skied when it was busy (the holiday was over, but the crowds were not) sure as guns, someone ran into me, so I’m not tempted to do that, either. The upside is, there’s an inexpensive pass that suits me exactly.
 

Jazza

Certified Ski Diva
#31
I am pleased to have just completed my first ski trip with my new hip. 6 days of skiing in St Anton (known as the cradle of alpine skiing).
I have to say, I was very nervous. Not surprising given I am only 6.5 months post op (posterior approach). They always say confidence and competence are bed fellows. My anxiety about slipping on the pavement, losing an edge on ice or being wiped out by someone really impacted me: I was very tense which naturally affected how I skied. Things got better as the week progressed but I found it very tiring. I managed blues, reds and the odd black run. I know the surgeon said to avoid steeps and moguls but that is impossible in this report! Even blue runs turn into mogul fields By lunchtime! Will definitely need to keep up with the rehab. Hopefully, i will feel stronger when I return in 5 weeks!
 
#32
A girl in my ski club, 78, has had two hip replacement and a knee replacement and we call her the "bionic skier". She is more careful now, but she can still out ski me!!! I think *not skiing* would kill her! Off season she's a serious hiker---Appalachian Trail, etc..
 

CarverJill

Ski Diva Extraordinaire
#33
I haven't read this whole thread but wanted to jump in a say that my Dad skied after a hip replacement in the 1990's. He was in his late 60's at the time. The technology is SO much better now that I don't see why you couldn't do it.
 

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