Walking, and Snow Skiing with an Exoskeleton after double knee replacement surgery

Many cruisers work their way to the Fjords and remember when their knees allowed them to ski the White Mountains.

Can you ski after double knee replacement surgery?

Maybe fifteen years ago, I was in so much pain I thought Skiing was all over. Now, as you can see I can ski in my 70th year with my grandchildren aged 4 and 6. This year I hope to take them cruising which I know they will find as much fun.

Can you walk after a major injury or stroke?

Some may think that walking is all over after a lower-body injury, spinal injury, or stroke. That may not be the case, because we can now use exoskeletons and become part robotised. Before you think of that as freaky, getting in a car or bus is using a mechanical aid.

For those who can regain the ability to walk or ski, this is life-changing. Some predict that wheelchairs will one day be a thing of the past. The basic idea is like Sigourney Weaver’s Clapper Loader robot that fought me in the movie Aliens – yes, I was the Queen Alien.

Stepping into an exoskeleton, whether powered or passive, can aid balance, and stability, and even allow skiing and walking again.

Ski the Mojo way

Some have no fault with their legs but use these for power and the ability to ski hard all day. Once you have skied with Mojo’s I don’t think you will ski without them as they make you sping like Zebedee in the Magic Roundabout.

If you have poor knees, then these aids will help. The Ski Mojo was bought for me when my cartilage started to fail. They helped me ski after an upper Tibial Osteotomy surgery which was done to delay the knee replacement and try and preserve the damaged joint tissue.

My buddy Rick Parfit convinced me to set a target when the double knee replacement was unavoidable. I tell the story in the film, but he had a ten-week plan to get back on stage a rock for two hours a night after bi-pass heart surgery, so I set up a plan to ski, very tamely, ten weeks to the day after the double knee op.

My surgery was the Friday morning, I exorcised by lunchtime and was doing stairs that evening. I was out Sunday morning, in a sound stage on Monday and in the woods with Emmerdale on the Tuesday. My surgeon was Mr Carrington, my Osteopath was Michael Bassett, and I skied in Kitzbul ten weeks later.

For those of you who wish to aid walking, then the web research is there to follow. Start with REWALK the first FDA-approved exoskeleton in the USA. ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand upright, walk, turn, and climb and descend stairs. ReStore is a powered, lightweight soft exo-suit intended for use in the rehabilitation of individuals with lower limb disability due to stroke. It is the only post-stroke gait training solution that provides both dorsiflexion and plantarflexion assistance to facilitate functional gait training.

But for skiers who want power, to preserve their joints and enjoy the snow for longer take a look at the Mojo which I have now been using for almost as long as they have been making it. It can reduce the load on your knees thus reducing the stress your knees are subjected to. It makes you look better, ski better and I have found it gives more control of my skis and power. It has reduced pain and discomfort, sure, that goes without saying. But it makes me confident that my replaced knees have a friend, a protecting god that keeps them safe, and it has been twelve seasons on metal knees. The Ski Mojo absorbing suspension system takes out most of the constant “chatter” going through my knee joints.

Can you ski while cruising?

– yes you can. Narvick is one place where it can be arranged. But here is what I did while there.

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We don’t normally make ski films, but thought this could be useful to so many. However we have, a long time ago, covered a few resorts. There is a snow playlist on our YouTube Doris Visits cruise channel.

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