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To Those of you with New Hips

Lyndale

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Frances Aug(2013), Portuguese (2018) Le Puy (2019)
I'm six weeks into healing from receiving a new hip. Doing good but still exhausted after short (2 blocks) walks. My doctor says I'll be able to do the Camino next year providing there's a vaccine and Europe is willing to let anyone from the USA in. My question is to those of you with a new hip. How long was your recovery. Is ten months a long enough recovery period for a 40 day walk on the Frances.
 
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2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
Hi Lyndale,

I had a hip replacement, and I was able to dance by six weeks and by two months I was able to do whatever I wanted.
It will take some time for the muscles affected by the surgery to regain their strength, so do your physical therapy exercises, and walk.

I’ve since had a knee replacement as well in early February. Yesterday I hiked a 7-8 mile strenuous mountain trail, with no issues, and I won’t be looking back.

The main thing is to keep walking. Your new gait will likely be a little different-feeling, but once the psychological barriers of being a compromised walker/athlete are surmounted by confidence-boosting walking or other workouts and you get the muscles back in shape, there’s very little you can’t do, within reason.

So, I’d agree with your doctor, as long as you hold up your end of the deal and are an active participant in your own recovery.

All the best for a speedy recovery,
Paul
 

Albertagirl

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015); Aragones-Frances (2016); VdlP-Sanabres (2017); Madrid-Frances-Invierno (2019)Levante
I’ve since had a knee replacement as well in early February. Yesterday I hiked a 7-8 mile strenuous mountain trail, with no issues, and I won’t be looking back.
@Paul McAmino
That's seven months, and I don't want to wait that long. I am 72 in fairly good condition, and hoping for knee replacement surgery around the end of November. How long did it take you to recover to camino-walking condition from that surgery?
 
Camino(s) past & future
2012 SJPP-Burgos, 2014 Burgos-Leon, 2018 Leon-Santiago
Hi @Albertagirl,

I just used yesterday’s hike as an indication that all was well. Everyone is different, but I’m sure that physically I was able to walk for hours a few months ago, and that had I been more assiduous in my physical therapy I could have tested myself much sooner, had I felt the need. I knew I would not be walking in Spain, however, so there was no rush.

All the best,
Paul
 
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I'm six weeks into healing from receiving a new hip. Doing good but still exhausted after short (2 blocks) walks. My doctor says I'll be able to do the Camino next year providing there's a vaccine and Europe is willing to let anyone from the USA in. My question is to those of you with a new hip. How long was your recovery. Is ten months a long enough recovery period for a 40 day walk on the Frances.
Hi Lyndale,
I (Anne) had a total hip replacement at the end of October, 2013. I was 59 at the time. I followed all the required surgeon and physio instructions. I also did a lot of exercises in the pool which I think helped with my recovery.
My husband and I were planning to walk our first Camino Frances in August, 2014. My surgeon reviewed me in March, 2014 and said I could start training walking for the Camino from then. We completed more than 800kms in training before heading off to start the Camino. We started the Camino as planned from St Jean Pied de Port on 22nd, August, 2014 and made it to Santiago de Compostela on 2nd, October, 2014, without any issues, taking three rest days along the way. This was the start of our long distance walking and we were hooked. So from my experience ten months is a long enough recovery period but be guided by your surgeon.
My husband has completed all our Caminos with both hips replaced twice.
I walk with hiking poles and we now don't carry heavy backpacks anymore.

Best wishes for a good recovery,
Anne & Pat
 

Moorwalker

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The Saint's Way, Cornwall
@Paul McAmino
That's seven months, and I don't want to wait that long. I am 72 in fairly good condition, and hoping for knee replacement surgery around the end of November. How long did it take you to recover to camino-walking condition from that surgery?
Knees take a lot longer than hips to come properly right unfortunately. Thre is a lot more damage done to the ligaments and it's those which take the time to repair and get back to good strength. Mine as functional around 6 months afterwards, but it took a year before it really felt good. Do the exercises, it really is essential.
 

Chris Gi

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Did April through June 2018 from Pamplona to Santiago.
2020 May or end of September - NO!
2021 ?
I'm six weeks into healing from receiving a new hip. Doing good but still exhausted after short (2 blocks) walks. My doctor says I'll be able to do the Camino next year providing there's a vaccine and Europe is willing to let anyone from the USA in. My question is to those of you with a new hip. How long was your recovery. Is ten months a long enough recovery period for a 40 day walk on the Frances.
Absolutely!!!!!
 

Moorwalker

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
The Saint's Way, Cornwall
Thank you all. Sounds like the PT and exercise is key. I guess I should ramp that up a bit.
LYNDA
The rehab exercises are critical. It hurts and it's hard work but the better you stick to the rehab programme the better final result you get. A friend who is a physiotherapist says that shse can tell right from the start who will get a good result and who won't by the way they work or don't at the exercises.
 
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CF 2014, CF 2018, CP 2019 from Coimbra
Thank you all. Sounds like the PT and exercise is key. I guess I should ramp that up a bit.
LYNDA

Dear Lynda;
I do not possess new hips, but in 2014 I walked with a woman who had not one but 2 new hips! Her arthritis had been so bad that her replacements had been done within six weeks of each other. But she had been an athlete and intended to be one again She did her PT and her exercise, and I have never seen anyone glide more blithely along long days. Indeed, though probably a decade older than i, she "beat" me to SdC by a full 5 days! I asked her how she managed such distance a speed when so many had bursitis, etc. and she said, "Well, it's simple: I have no nerves in the hip joints at all!"
May this be an inspiration and encouragement to you!
 

bergmannfamily

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I had bilateral knee replacements done in the summer of 2017. I did agressive physio post-surgery, I was 57 at the time. 10 weeks later we did a four day 52 km hike in the Canadian Rockies. This month was to be our first camino frances. COVID of course messed up our plans, but for the last three weeks we have again been in the Rockies and did 402 km hiking in 19 days. Hips generally settle out faster than knees, so I suspect you will have no problem next year.

Do physio, and let your physiotherapist guide you to the best exercises, stretches and range of motion as you go.

Hopefully we will make it to Spain next year, and you will too!
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Del Estrecho, Ruta Fray Leopoldo,
Vía Serrana, Camino Francés
That's seven months, and I don't want to wait that long. I am 72 in fairly good condition, and hoping for knee replacement surgery around the end of November. How long did it take you to recover to camino-walking condition from that surgery?
Hi Albertagirl,
We had the exact same questions as you when my husband had partial knee replacement surgery last year, also at age 72. While everyone's recovery is different, here's how his went: With physical therapy and devotion to doing all the assigned exercises many times a day at home, by 6 weeks, he was able to walk several kilometers a day on the Camino Frances. By 3 months, he was able to walk long distances in the mountains. You can see our daily kilometers in our journal. At first, Ned just walked a few kilometers a day, but by the end of the trip, he was doing the full distance. This year, he had his other knee done on July 7, and was able to walk 8 kilometers last week. He could easily have done more. Good luck and happy walking!
Elaine
 
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