Guest poster Don Blount sets an example for us all by the way he’s coming back from hip replacement surgery.
April 20 marked 39 days since I underwent surgery to replace my left hip.
Since then my focus has been on recovery, rehab and rest.
This is my second hip replacement; my right hip was replaced with an artificial joint in 2004. But this time around a less-invasive surgery has enabled me to recover more quickly.
I checked into the hospital at 12:30 p.m. March 12, underwent surgery later that day, and was on my way home by 2:30 p.m. March 13, a stay of 26 hours.
Because I was fit, my surgeon’s directions was to monitor any swelling I had in my leg. A physical therapist instructed me to not overdo it.
I was on a bike trainer by Sunday. I was not pedaling fast, hard or with any resistance but I was pedaling.
I spent my days doing rehab exercises and reading while elevating and icing my leg. I read nine books in 30 days and watched live at least part of every game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
My rehab includes:
- Bike. First on the trainer and now on the road.
- Pool. I have a series of exercises to do in the pool to strengthen my hip and legs. This workout takes about 50 minutes.
- Gym. Leg extensions, leg curls, leg presses, calf raises, resistance bands, treadmill and elliptical trainer. This workout takes about 90 minutes. Here’s a look.
- Exercises for core, hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes and stretches for quadriceps. Click here to view workout video:
I am still working on walking without a limp and building my stamina. I find that rest includes a lot of naps after rehab work.
Without question, cycling has helped me through this process. Physically, I am in better shape and that has its obvious benefits. But mentally having ridden hills, centuries and double centuries helped me too. As I have told others, recovering from hip replacement surgery is nothing compared to going up a long difficult climb.
Overall, I am pleased with my progress. I returned to work on April 15 and although I am doing well, I do not receive full clearance until June 12, which is three months after surgery. Hmm, that would put the Bass Lake Powerhouse Double Century just under four months away….