Hip, Neck, Back all repaired - This info may help
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8 months ago
Member since 10/25/2020 🔗
177 posts

Hello,   (I am not a medical professional)  

As we age our bodies may need repair:  My race team we are mostly >50 years old and a lot of repair. 

The journey I recorded   15 months from last surgery everything came out 100%.

I skied in pain for years. 

It is a long recovery of years. Worth all the trouble.

My skiing skills became better. balance and 3d spacial improved.

My issue was a birth defect. Spinal canal space is half of normal.

Left hip first degraded: https://skidome.org/ZardozRen/hip/

Then Neck ACDFC456: https://skidome.org/ZardozRen/neck/

Then Back L4/5 Lami Fuse: https://skidome.org/ZardozRen/back/

Today I am ready to Ski. 

My body is rebuilt, and my mental health is good (you will need care).

I was worried I would never be able to ski again. 

RULE#1 Turtle down - if you are high-energy you have to slow down you will not be back at the same level for 18 months. 

Take care, 


8 months ago
Member since 04/19/2019 🔗
37 posts
Fair enough, and certainly congratulations!  Luckily, I haven't had any significant physicality issues in my skiing career. Let's knock on wood if we can.  Having just turned 50, though, I am wont to take it a little easier on those slopes.  I have nothing to prove.  I still enjoy every minute, though.  More about the enjoyment and savoring time-on-slope.  Enjoy! 
Laurel Hill Crazie - DCSki Supporter 
8 months ago
Member since 08/16/2004 🔗
2,041 posts
Congratulations on your successful rehab. Enjoy the coming season. You've earned it.
8 months ago
Member since 10/25/2020 🔗
177 posts

This season will be back to normal.  30 days to go.  

Turtle down just meant during rehab the urge to push too hard is always there.

    The Dr/PT knew that was me.  Pushing too hard could result in new surgery and cost.

Plus my skiing flaws are gone. I do not hold back skiing I can still go max speed. I do avoid jumping and bumps. 

one of the folks on the FB side of DC ski was asking about Shots to control pain so he could get through the season.

Shots( RFA, facet joint, Epi, both Cervical and Lumbar) They worked for a while.  A good diagnostic for the Spinal Nuero/Surgeon. 

Happy skiing Zardog

Bird Dog
6 months ago
Member since 10/19/2022 🔗
29 posts

Sent you a PM, because I'm getting a new right hip on Jan 24th.

I'd love to chat.

6 months ago
Member since 10/25/2020 🔗
177 posts

HI I saw the PM just backed up no pun -  Hip is awesome sauce - I still needed Neck and lumbar but everything worked. My implant is so good Better then the Original. 

You have time to do a bit of PT before And if the pain is bad I understand. I had to medicate to push through the pain. Walk, and Sit stands and the pelvic tilts.  

#1 we are all 100% different. Your mileage may vary.

If you can try SIT Stand - these help before and after . I had an In home pt visits - awesome too.  


This is a fall assessment - I could do 0 zero then by 4 weeks at 15 - 20.  


My hip joint my Dr. (marc hungerford Mercy MD)  put in a larger ball and socket to give me better ski angles. 

Try Prehab PT. If you took a look at my web the core pelvic tilts were key.

pelvic tilt info.  Ask your doc or pt.1705139612_fymcdeyeiftj.jpg

If you are somewhat in shape it really helps. 

After Surgery I was walking. You will need a hit of meds sometime that first 24 hrs. 

My issue was swelling and I needed ice at home and and the water pump cooler. 

Your surgery being soon you will be able to ski after 6 months.

Go slow on rehab get 10 weeks worth the time and money. I am 250% all the time I had to learn slow wins the race.

This is a decent guide. A cane a walker or 2. 1 can be turned to help for toilet and get a raised seat for toilet.

I added a helper bar  to hold for lifting leg into bath tub.


Progress is slow in the beginning your body takes 6 week min to heal biologically.

You will do well, do the work listen and eyes focused on the rehab. 

I did research on hip and skiing - Heat of joint - lift time mitigates. 

NO more moguls. if the leg goes high or angle not good. No jumping, I was racing and skiing the next season. 

less short radius turns = more heat generated in joint.

Heck I like med to wide and cruise 30 - 60 mph. 

I bike and walk never like running unless being chased. 


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