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Hip Replacement Best Bike?(2 posts)

Hip Replacement Best Bike?glennarbor
Jul 11, 2003 7:20 AM
I had a hip replacement and want to find out what type of bike would be best to ride and what to avoid.
Titanium implant?Humma Hah
Jul 11, 2003 12:44 PM
If the implant is titanium, then surely you'd want the bike to match!

I think the answer is going to have to be a question of proper fit ... if your physician isn't a sports medicine expert, possibly you can be referred to one who can advise further. This will be a very individual question ... nothing we could advise on here.

I'm picturing implants with a porous coating infused with hydroxyapetite, into which bone growth occurs (my old company made these things). Once this bond occurs, its usually pretty strong, unless you're suffering other bone trouble such as osteoporosis. Range of movement should be pretty good, too. Possibly you will need to look at crank length and gearing, but that's very easily changed. I suspect they will be interested in avoiding loads that would tend to split the bones into which the implant components are inserted.