Competitive ballroom with hip replacement?

Discussion in 'Ballroom Dance' started by Akita, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. Akita

    Akita Active Member

    Anyone know of a competitive ballroom dancer who continued competing after a hip replacement? I'm guessing it can be done as I know of a Championship-level Standard dancer (a physician) who had knee replacement surgery and is back on the floor after a one year absence.
  2. chomsky

    chomsky Well-Known Member

    wow! anything is possible, isn't it? Personally I don't know anyone, but Greece is small!
  3. NonieS

    NonieS Well-Known Member

    One of my coach's pro-am ladies had her hip replaced a little over a year ago, and she started competing again shortly thereafter... like a proper badass.
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  4. 3wishes

    3wishes Well-Known Member

    I know several men/ladies as students....who continue to dance post joint replacement (hips and otherwise).
  5. Al Gisnered

    Al Gisnered Member

    One of the amateur couples in the Smooth/Rhythm senior divisions dance with his hip replacement and consistently place at the top.

    Can be done.
  6. twnkltoz

    twnkltoz Well-Known Member


    "...like a proper badass." That is awesome.
  7. Akita

    Akita Active Member

    I talked to a SportsMed Orthopedic hip specialist today who got his training at Vanderbilt. Yes, he assured me that competitive dancing was still possible after total hip replacement, provided lifts weren't involved. :)
  8. ajiboyet

    ajiboyet Well-Known Member

    I just did a little reading on hip replacement surgeries. I don't understand why lifts would be a problem...could you explain?
  9. Akita

    Akita Active Member

    I don't know; I didn't ask why. He asked, "Are you lifting her?" to which I replied "No" and He said, "Good." I specifically asked if weight-bearing exercises in the gym (i..e, leg presses) would be a problem and he said "No". He said I should be able to do anything I currently do in competitive dancing.

    It might be that he was talking about lifting her now before hip replacement - i.e., letting the degenerating hip last longer. I didn't care since I'm not lifting her ...
  10. flightco

    flightco Active Member

    If you need a total hip, be sure to check out the Anterior Approach. This is a procedure that has gained in popularity over the past 5 years and greatly enhances recovery because it is very sparing to muscle damage. Not every hospital and Ortho Surgeon offers the procedure because it requires a special surgical table and training. If your doc says it is not necessary, chances are he has not had the training. I know if many docs who said it was not necessary until they had the training, now swear by it. Search YouTube for Anterior Approach to Total Hip Arthroscopy, there are tons of videos from surgeons and hospitals offering this procedure.
  11. Akita

    Akita Active Member

    Thanks!
  12. flightco

    flightco Active Member

    Please understand, I am not a doctor and do not play one on TV, this is just something I have come across in my business dealings with hospitals. I just did a youtube search and found a video from the Dr Bob Show interviewing Dr. Joseph Chenger where he discusses the Posterior Approach (traditional) vs. the Anterior Approach. He said when his patients come in for their 6 week checkup in most cases you would never know they had a hip replacement. I don't know if it is OK to post links on DF so I won't, but the title of the video is Anterior vs. Posterior Hip Replacement,
    Not everyone is eligible for the procedure (not sure of the criteria) but if I ever need a hip, I will look into this first
  13. Akita

    Akita Active Member

    See my other post on Somatic exercise .... which has the potential to save the hip since cartilage is still present. :)

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