daviel wrote:PT was at the place I'm a member, so at least I was familar with the layout. My therapist interviewed me and then set me on an aerobics machine that does not weight down nor twist the legs. Just 8 min @ 100/ min. Then ran through a 15-20 rep set of adductor, toe lifts (lying down), heel slides, quad tightening, and then 20 min. ice on the swollen left leg. slept great. tomorrow at 1 pm. starts over. I'm down to tylenol for pain. This is harder than I expected and slower. at my age it takes a while to undo the damage!
I had a total hip replacement for my left hip only in August 2009, by the best specialists in Brisbane, who does up to ten a week. It went perfectly with no acute pain. I discharged from hospital after 5 days and was driving my car within a couple of days. (Short trips, automatic: getting in and out was the hardest part.) I saw a physiotherapist once a week for about five weeks and did all the exercises and some 40 minute walks. After that I hooked up my road bike to a computrainer and yes the power difference was significant, (About 70% right leg and 30% left leg. I did this for a while, trying to focus on leveling out the power to strengthen up the left leg.
Within a few months I was back in the gym and doing 5 sets each on the leg extension, leg curl, leg press and calf machines, with reasonably heavy loading. (NO squats!). Also back doing Hung Gar Kung Fu twice a week.
Today I did my FIRST road ride since the op. Why so long? Well my surgeon scared me. He said NO bike and NO ladders for six months as a fall could cause me pain I could not dream of if the new hip popped out!
It was only a 30k, hilly circuit, but I enjoyed it and the "new" leg worked better than pre-op, just a bit down on power.
So, go for it Daniel, but make sure you don't fall on your new hips; at least until the surrounding muscles have fully healed.
I am 60 years old. Very happy I had the op done.