There is a guy in GJ who had hip surgery and has been back on the water for several years and is still paddling as far as I know. Guessing he is mid to early 60's and I don't think it slowed him down too much, but I never asked. He also still Teli skis, so I would guess the prognosis isn't too bad.
I had one hip and both knees replaced in the summer of 2006. Absolutely no change in my paddling except for I can sit in my boat all day without pain (hip) and can comfortably carry down steeper put-ins pain-free (knees). Changed my life. I never think about it.
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