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Any goalies out there playing after hip replacement or hip resurfacing?  After over 1500 games, practices and 6 years of football, Father Time is knocking at the door.  Been playing on borrowed time for a while and I can see the hot lights of the surgical amphitheater in the distance.  Hoping I don't have to hang'em up just yet.

FIFTY-SIX (age 55)

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Hi Fifty'. I'm 59 and am playing 2 to 3 times a week and my right hip joint was replaced about 3 years ago. It has been great! My problem is weakness in that leg as I limped on it for a year before getting the surgery done. Good luck! Cheers Leebo

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I had total hip replacement in October 2007, age 58.  I thought that I was done playing goal but thanks to an understanding physiotherapist and surgeon I got the OK to get back between the pipes the following September.  His words to me were "Stop if it hurts'".  It didn't and I played nearly a thousand games up until the time I needed knee replacement surgery in January 2018.

Following 19 months of physio, aquafit and yoga, plus dropping 20 pounds, I start playing again next week but it won't be as a full-time goalie.  I am starting off as a spare, probably getting into a handful of games per month, until I see if I'm damaging my body and/or playing shitty.  An agonizing reappraisal of my 'tending career will come at that time.

All the best to you FIFTY-SIX.

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14 hours ago, Gregory Lee said:

Hi Fifty'. I'm 59 and am playing 2 to 3 times a week and my right hip joint was replaced about 3 years ago. It has been great! My problem is weakness in that leg as I limped on it for a year before getting the surgery done. Good luck! Cheers Leebo

@Gregory Lee Thanks for the encouragement and very glad to hear you're still going strong.  Were you playing while limping over that last year?

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@Wonder35 Wow!  Knee and hip!  All the best.  Your 2007-2018 history is a beacon of hope to me and for all of our aging goaler brethren.  Thank you for sharing your experience.

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@FIFTY-SIX While I'm younger than you at 40... my hips have seen significantly more wear than my age would suggest. No replacement or resurfacing for me yet... but i did have FAI done for combined impingement... and while in there he pretty much removed whatever cartilage/labrum that was torn up and flapping around in there due to fragments of bone spurs that were grinding away inside there whenever I moved. Post surgery he said the cartilage/labrum wear was worse than he had anticipated and that I was about 6 months of continued wear away from replacement. So good thing I had it done when I did... but replacement for both hips is a matter of time. That said, I was back on the ice 6 months after surgery.

Fast forward to today (~15 months after surgery) and it's still in progress... still get the rusty door grinding feeling... and like @Gregory Lee mentioned I am really having to work hard to get muscles which had been compensated for to fire properly and strengthen them. Its a constant battle between getting stronger... and getting a broader range of motion back. The surgery gave me an excuse to get back in the gym and focus on core/mobility which while helping my play on the ice... is really just better for everyday life. At the end of the day I really did it because my kids are still really young and I wanted to be able to actually play with them. If I had to give up hockey so be it... luckily the latter hasn't happened yet... and I'm hoping I can have the same results as @Wonder35 shared.  

Good luck with whatever path you end up going down... keep us posted.

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You fellas are genuinely tough dudes. I thought I was pretty resilient with a knee and two shoulders but if either of my hips fade, I'm done forever.  Persevering through a hip which is so integral to the job, not to mention like @BadAngle41 says, every day life,  is awesome. Hats off,  gentlemen, and best regards

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Getting referred to an orthopedic surgeon because my hips have way more arthritis in them than they should for someone at age 31, so we'll see where this goes.  Haven't played since March and after reading this thread, I'll be pretty on-board if they want to scoop them out and replace them

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8 hours ago, SaveByRichter35 said:

I don't like this thread. 

Sorry @SaveByRichter35.  Didn't intend to distress you.  It's not inevitable for all of us.  I have FAI which predisposes to early osteoarthritis/degenerative hip disease and, as I mentioned, I have a lot of mileage/impact on these hips (...and, still, my knees are fine).  Furthermore, I can remember having hip pain as early as high school (1978-82).  Hopefully, you will not suffer my/our fate.  But, the science/technology is improving yearly.  One of my best friends (a defenseman, which I think we can all agree is a different animal) is also back playing after total hip replacement.  Enjoy, compete, have fun, God speed, don't worry.  Yours in the bond.  56

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10 hours ago, Mroy31 said:

Getting referred to an orthopedic surgeon because my hips have way more arthritis in them than they should for someone at age 31, so we'll see where this goes.  Haven't played since March and after reading this thread, I'll be pretty on-board if they want to scoop them out and replace them

Good luck.  56

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On 9/11/2019 at 8:33 PM, FIFTY-SIX said:

Sorry @SaveByRichter35.  Didn't intend to distress you.  It's not inevitable for all of us.  I have FAI which predisposes to early osteoarthritis/degenerative hip disease and, as I mentioned, I have a lot of mileage/impact on these hips (...and, still, my knees are fine).  Furthermore, I can remember having hip pain as early as high school (1978-82).  Hopefully, you will not suffer my/our fate.  But, the science/technology is improving yearly.  One of my best friends (a defenseman, which I think we can all agree is a different animal) is also back playing after total hip replacement.  Enjoy, compete, have fun, God speed, don't worry.  Yours in the bond.  56

No I know you didn't.  It just sucks that this stuff happens at all.  I turned 36 in August and I have definitely noticed over the past several months that my body has more aches and pains than I've ever had before.  Not saying this is going to be in my future as well but it sucks that its anyone's future, or present.  

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Been out of the loop around here, but back playing 3x per week after having both hips replaced. Had the right hip replaced in October 2018 and the left one done January 2019. Started skating (ten minutes) around St Patrick's Day and playing half a pickup around the beginning of June. Played seven times in the last two weeks (just got back from the rink), and I feel the best I have in five years. I turned 57 in June

Find an ortho you trust, and find a surgeon you trust more. I got a lot of runaround from my original ortho, who didn't do anything beyond telling me to "take an extra aleve" - I eventually convinced his PA to at least give me a cortisone shot, which worked for about three weeks. A month later, I went to a different ortho who put the X-rays up on the screen and said "I can't help you, I don't do replacements" . I don't know if the prior guy could have done more, but it was a waste of two years

That said, surgery was the best thing I could have done. It's awesome to just be regular sore after playing instead of being in excruciating pain and unable to walk upright for a day after skating.

You can (and will) come back from this

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Not experienced with this, but had my very own unique experience (entire colon removal) and I do think what I will say DOES apply in this situation: make your expectations known to your surgeon and make it known you are willing to do the extra work it will entail to play hockey again. Knowing your post surgical goals changes your course of treatment and the plan and goals of recovery and recuperation. If you don’t make this known, your care team will not tailor this desire to all that you’re working with. Had I not told my surgeons and others my goals, I feel my course of treatment would have been different. As crazy as it sounds, people I have known who have gone through joint replacement surgeries did not say they wanted to resume their athletic hobbies and had a tougher road as that was not kept in mind. 

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