I'm curious as to how many of y'all have had total joint replacements of any kind, and how much limitation that's put on your training and competing.
I'm due for at least one total hip replacement in the next few years, as well as a total shoulder replacement, probably sooner than I had hoped: I had a procedure 6 months ago that was supposed to prolong a total replacement, but I just met with my surgeon today, and it's not going as well as planned .
I totally plan on continuing to train and compete afterwards, but I'm interested in other people's experiences with artificial joints.
I need both my knees done. I've made peace with the fact then when they're replaced, I'm done with this. I don't know if it would be worth to risk damaging the repaired joint. They can only do it a couple of times from my understanding. I know Maynard James Keenan from Tool has had his hip replaced, and he is VERY selective with whom he'll roll for that very reason.
"I've made peace with the fact then when they're replaced, I'm done with this. I don't know if it would be worth to risk damaging the repaired joint. They can only do it a couple of times from my understanding. I know Maynard James Keenan from Tool has had his hip replaced..."
I don't think that this is the way for me. I see myself continuing to be involved in bjj, and rolling at some capacity until I keel over.
I remember watching Big Nog getting picked up and slammed by heavyweights, over and over again in the UFC, after he had his hip replaced. Coincidentally, one of my students and I have the same hip surgeon. He had a total hip replacement, so I kinda get to see and test out its limitations up close and personal.
Honestly, it's not the hip replacement that I'm super worried about, but the shoulder, as it seems they're a little more delicate, and pose a higher risk of failure.
I'm sorry about your knees. I've been lucky so far, in that my knees are like the only major joints in my body that aren't completely riddled with arthritis.
"I need shoulder replacement and have been to 2 surgeons and they both said it would be difficult to do BJJ afterwards would really love to hear the experiences of anyone who has had it done"
I do not and have not had shoulder replacement, but have done a bunch of research on this topic and the shoulder specifically for my masters program. In the American Journal of Sports medicine there is a report of returning to sport after the replacement. One article from this showed favorable return to sports but these were like swimming, golf and tennis type activities. For sports like Judo and Hockey there they consider load on the shoulder it was less likely of a return.
I imagine depending on the type of shoulder replacement and recovery and dedication to flexibility and stability of the new shoulder one could hope to return to BJJ at least at some level of training. Competing might be a different animal,,, BUT YOU are a DIFFERENT ANIMAL.
It's funny I need knee reconstruction and shoulder replacement and at 60 know that when/if I get it done competition is probably done so I keep telling myself to wait till I have no choice in the matter because I love getting out there. In my head the worst part is the layoff post surgery and then trying to force myself back.. I had a tumor removed from my neck and they also took my sub mandibular salivary gland out 3 months and getting back to normal was a tough bounce back. Funny how the body doesn't listen as much when you age