I know there have been several threads about riding after knee replacement surgery, but I was hoping anyone with experience (either personal or anecdotal) might take a few moments to comment.
I am 51, fit and riding a very full show schedule- about 8-10 shows/year. I show jump in the Level 5's and event at the 2* level with two different and amazing horses. I am blessed to be in great health except for one knee which was injured in a sports accident when I was 15.
Like others, I have been putting off knee replacement for as long as possible, but chronic pain is necessitating surgery sooner than later. I know there have been previous posts from riders with knee replacements who post-op appear to ride for pleasure- maybe trail riding or just for fun. But I haven't seen any posts from competitive riders with knee replacements. I am not a GP rider, but there probably are some riders at a very high level- or even just competitive 1.30/1.20 riders- who have had knee replacements and tried to continue their careers.
I'm curious how a) it has affected your riding/competitiveness and b) has anyone had to have a revision (do-over) surgery as a result of riding?
My husband is 68 and has his knee replaced last February. He is back to riding and showing his cutting horse. He was off for a month and a half and eased into riding, but now he's back to normal.
Do your PT and remember that you will be doing it for the rest of your life. Good luck!
I am right there with you. I have been getting by on OrthoVisc injections for the past 3 years. They no longer work.
The odd thing is that my left knee is bone on bone. My right knee has a bit of space left, but it hurts more than my left. Go figure? I am speaking with several Ortho Docs, because I am an Eventer, who wants to continue eventing.
I will need an immunologist, because I have Sarcoidosis, too. I just turned 63. I was hoping to outlast my knees, but can hardly walk right now, so will be getting them done.
OP, Good luck with your operation. I hope that your surgery goes well!