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dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by lp2321vb
1/28/2014  12:02:00 PM
Has anyone any information about dancing after hip replacement surgery? Is it possible? My hip is "bone on bone" and I fear I am headed for surgery. I dance competitive pro-am standard ballroom and hate to give it up but the pain is miserable.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by waynelee
1/29/2014  6:44:00 AM
I can certainly relate to the "pain" you are experiencing. I have had both right and left hip replacement surgeries.

My first surgery, for my right hip, was in 2004. This was before I started dance lessons. I was in my late 50's, so recovery was quick without any problems.

My second surgery, for my left hip was last April, 2013. The pain was so bad that I had to cancel a competition in January, 2013. This surgery occurred after 6 years of dancing. I am now in my late 60's and recovery has been slower than the first surgery. I am still experiencing some pain which I attribute to my dancing. My leg muscles are very well developed, the best in my life, and rock hard. The surgeon had to really use a lot of pressure on the leg to pop the hip out of joint, leaving me with a lot of bruises and displaced muscles, a lot more than my first surgery.

In October, 2013, I danced in my first competition after surgery. I did pretty good and I had no problems with my hip, only the muscles in my leg. Two weeks ago, I danced in my second competition, no problems with hips, and placed high in all my heats.

I encourage you to have the surgery. After it's over, you will say, like all of us, "I wish I had done this sooner!" Make sure you do a lot of walking after surgery to get your "dancing legs" ready. I worked my way up from 10 foot walks, to 1/4 mile walks, twice a day, within two weeks of surgery. I was back to work after 2-1/2 weeks, and driving a car after 4 weeks. I was back on the dance floor after 6 weeks. My instructor had to only slightly modify my open routines to accomodate the new hip. I can do over 95% of the figures I was doing before surgery.

But realize that you will probably have a YEAR of recovery time. It takes that long for all the muscles to sort themselves out and heal completely. I am now working with a personal trainer to work out a leg muscle that still doesn't want to cooperate.

So, to answer you original questions... Yes, you can have hip replacement surgery and return to ballroom dancing and even competitive ballroom dancing.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by lp2321vb
1/29/2014  1:22:00 PM
Thank you so much for your sharing with me. I am feeling a lot better about that surgery now.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by karovd
1/29/2014  4:09:00 PM
I know a dance instructor who had hip replacement surgery. She was always easy to dance with but after surgery and recovery it was like dancing with a feather. I say go for it.
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Posted by Jan Nathan
2/3/2014  3:11:00 AM
I know a couple where the woman had both hips replaced with a one year interval. They compete in amateur WDSF international standard senior III (55-64) ballroom dancing and are still doing very well!
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by lp2321vb
2/10/2014  6:38:00 AM
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by dheun
2/17/2014  7:26:00 AM
A broken hip used to be a death sentence years ago, obviously so for the elderly. But with today's surgery techniques and these artificial hip joints that are available, the young and older folks I know who have had the surgery have been fine. Excellent, in fact. A couple of the men are playing basketball and dancing again, the woman played it cautiously and did not dance for quite some time, but is back at it without any ill effects. Ultimately, being pain free again is the major benefit, even if your dancing skills are affected in any manner.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by royclark
2/22/2014  2:40:00 PM
I'm a dance instructor and had a complete hip replacement Sep 2013. Besides replacing the hip they also extended my leg about 1"-1.5" because of the bone deterioration. Was off work and didn't dance for about 5 months. I followed all the recommended exercises and found my recovery was quick and painless. Back to work and teaching dance by late Jan 2014. Have been out social dancing a few times with great success and happiness that I'm dancing again. Go for the operation and do all the physiotherapist asks. You'll be back dancing very quickly.
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Posted by Anne
8/20/2016  8:21:00 AM
Question for you...did you have initial trouble getting your hip to relax and drop down for use with Latin motion...? If you stand on your operative leg, could you relax the non-surgical hip down relaxed with the operative bearing weight with knee locked?

I am having issues so I wanted to ask...thank-you...
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by dance2win
4/12/2014  6:37:00 PM
You comments were very informative. Thanks. I have just been told I need a hip replacement and I dance competetively also. I am so afraid of not being able to dance as before. What are some limitations if any?
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by waynelee
4/12/2014  9:51:00 PM
Limitations?? A lot depends on your recovery period.

Starting off, any movement where the toes are pointing out (rhythm dances) should be avoided, and any movement of the toes pointing to the side also. Needless to say, no "Cuban Motion" for a while. Not having your feet parallel to each other, and pointing straight ahead places stress on the hip joint. Also, avoid any "bouncing" on the feet, so Quick Step is a no-no. Take it easy, avoid sudden, sharp movements such as in tango, cha cha, etc.

As your recovery progresses, you can gradually become more agressive with your movements and after a while, you can do any movement you want. Listen to your body and don't try anything crazy until you are ready.

My time table for my hip replacement in 2013 was like this. After 6 weeks, I was back on the dance floor, but taking it easy. After 6 months, I was in my first competition after the surgery. Didn't do too well, but it felt great to be back. After 9 months, I was at my next competition and seemed to be at the same level as before my competition.

Now, 13 months after surgery, I am attending my next competition next week.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by Carol
11/5/2014  5:44:00 PM
Check out the website dancer hips.com. It has a LOT of useful info & some very encouraging stories.

I'm not a competitive ballroom dancer, but I was a very good salsa dancer---dancing several times/week. I have bone-on-bone hip arthritis & need surgery eventually. I'm not in much pain now, but I can't really enjoy dancing because of limited range of motion in my hip. However, I'm worried that after a hip replacement the quick turns & Cuban motion of salsa will still be off-limits & I still won't be able to enjoy dancing.

Are there any salsa dancers with good stories about dancing after hip replacement? Thanks
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3/11/2017  2:29:00 PM
About 6 weeks after my right hip replacement I had absolutely no restrictions imposed on me. Any type of swiveling and/or turn was possible with the caveat that one must at all times use either powder or have slip surface shoes in order not to freeze a movement suddenly on the floor. As long as one slides thru a spin, turn or swivel there are no problems.
Pushing off the operated leg such as in side breaks or cucarachas requires being somewhat tentative at first also
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Posted by Dance Student
11/7/2014  11:14:00 AM
My instructor had a total hip replacement April 28, 2014. There was only a min amount of muscle cut. He was back teaching students the 2nd week of July. (we all had time off, so we all came back slowly) He followed through with all his physical therapy he is back 100% as of November. He is even contemplating dancing professionally with his wife again to some degree (they have kids living at home).

He was bone on bone - his surgeon told him he was 6 months away from cracking the pelvis the socket had become so thin. His surgeon works on all types of athletes. He even worked on Mark Cuban just before he went on Dancing With The Stars TV show.

Do you home work on the surgeon you choose and make sure they know what YOUR goals are for the future.
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Posted by Carlie Coats
6/1/2015  7:48:00 AM
Been there, done that (October 2006), and it came out great! ...as did three other dancers to whom I recommended my surgeon for hip replacement (Scott Kelley of Duke U / NC Orthopaedics). I've danced well -- even won at Senior II NQE Prechamp Standard -- since then.

First of all, make sure the surgeon does the "anterior approach" surgery -- working through a small incision on the outside-front of the hip, instead of through the buttocks (which is the traditional approach). This approach does NOT cut muscles, blood vessels, nor nerves. And consider having the "dancers model" of replacement hip: it gives a greater range of motion.

My recovery was very good, they tell me: I was walking without crutches at two weeks, and did about an hour and a half of competitive foxtrot practice at 17 days (my wife started getting sweaty and wimped out on me at that point . Of course, they also tell me that the fact I was in good shape from dancing helped the recovery a lot.
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11/12/2016  1:02:00 AM
Hi. I am a competitive ballroom dancer. I had metal on metal replacements in my 40s and was able to return to dance. I can do splits on both sides still, but lost turnout required for ballet, which I used for conditioning. I am having my second set of replacements in the next 6 months. The first lasted 7 years, though some issues arose after 3 years when metal debris was discovered as well as toxic metal levels. If you have metal on metal, there are no contraindications for dance, but do have your metal levels checked. Men usually do fine. Metal levels are usually an issue confined to flexible women. Metal on metal are no longer legal in the UK due to the metallosis issue. There are plastic and ceramic appliances. Pick the one that's right for you based on the need for degrees of freedom versus the need to support impact such as quikstep or theatre arts. Your surgeon can position them to allow more turnout if desired. If you do latin versus standard, you might want to discuss positioning with your surgeon. Good luck.
Re: dancing after hip replacement surgery.
Posted by Ricci
3/18/2017  8:28:00 PM
Certainly you can dance afterwards. Make sure you get the anterior total hip replacement performed - very important. Dr Andrew Chun performs it in St Johns Hospital, Santa Monica.
Go through your physical therapy sessions and slowly add some of your dance moves as you get stronger. After 2-3 months you can resume your dancing - but be sensible again here.
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