Hip Replacement and Tango: 6 months

It’s been interesting the way the targets have sort of spread out and become less noticeable during this 6th month since the operation. The pace, whilst never ‘linear’, has become steadier with fewer clear cut markers or events.

However! The six month visit to the surgeon, Mr Phong Tran, was reassuring in that he is very pleased with both the placement of the new joint and the bone growth around it. I hadn’t been thinking about bone growth so it’s good to have had something happen without me consciously making it happen! I don’t need to see him again. I left with instructions/permission to do as I wish but not to fall over and break my hip.

Pilates continues to be excellent and I love it. Apart from obvious strengthening work there some very enjoyable balance work. I’ve had a couple of massages by the physio to loosen the hip area now that I have some muscles there to loosen. That was good.

My muscles continue to be sore and tight but are improving. Pool walking seems to work very well. This work will go on for about a year at which stage people tell me their bodies suddenly feel normal again. I still get tired but apparently that diminishes too.

Tango is going really well. I’m stronger than I was even when I started a few years ago. I seem to be taller. I can do a whole class now quite easily and have a few dances afterwards at the Practica. It’s terrific!



2 thoughts on “Hip Replacement and Tango: 6 months

  1. I have been reading your information about hip replacement and tango eagerly. I am scheduled for a Total Hip Replacement on December 14, and I am concerned about the precautions against crossing legs and how it will impact my return to Tango. I haven’t been dancing since July because of arthritis pain, but I am aching to go back to Tango. Have you had any difficulties with cross position, ocho cortado, and other situations where you need to bear weight with the ankles crossed? Thank you so much for your blog.

    • Katie, I’m really glad you’ve found my comments useful- I had been unable to find anything like this prior to my operation. Regarding the crossed legs – that precaution won’t last forever but you will need to be very careful with your rehab and try not to rush things. Are you working with a physiotherapist who specializes in core strength and hip stability now? I could have done more in that regard as my muscles had practically vanished by the time I got to my operation, especially my glutes. Generally, I’ve been ok with the the cross but it’s a matter of what you feel you can manage -you’ll know. You will feel so strong on your new hip when you do get back. I discovered an axis I didn’t know I’d had as I think my hip was compromised even before I started learning about 4-5 years ago. The best thing is to find a good physio who is experienced in sports rehabilitation and is not too hasty and gung ho. Good luck and remember that we are all different and recover in our own way at our own pace. Bit hard sometimes.Liz.

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