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Total Hip Replacement

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Comment from: Geri, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 18

I had anterior hip replacement on my left hip. I am doing great, but have a persistent burning deep tissue sensation. Seeing my doctor next week. I hope this is just the healing process.

Comment from: hip2bsquare, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I'll be 3 years post-operation of a total right hip replacement on June 27, 2019. I am a 45 years old female who has done well with the replacement and has been able to ride a road bike and swim for exercise. Up until late December 2018 to January of this year, I had a great quality of life with minimal to zero pain in the hip area. All that changed. I now have pain worse than I had before hip surgery. I've been diagnosed with trochanteric hip bursitis. I receive physiotherapy two times a week.

Comment from: Bluewray18 , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 05

I had right total hip replacement in 2007, but since then I feel so ill. I now have 9 mm difference from left to right. They say that is nothing to worry about, I now have an insole in my shoe. I feel extreme pain in my groin, back and I hear my new hip click. I also have chronic pain down the leg of my new hip.

Comment from: Midge, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had left hip replacement at 50 in May 18, but should have had at 40. I Have severe muscle wastage, cannot bear weight, cannot lie on my side, and can't lift my leg up. Now I have been told the other side needs doing, and I am not having it done. Wish I never had surgery, I am in so much pain. I had 6 previous surgeries when younger, apparently that's why I'm suffering, I wasn't told that at the time.

Comment from: Ashley's grandma, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had right total hip replacement 3 1/2 years ago. The doctor added about 3/4 inch to that leg. I still cannot sleep on that side due to a lump on the incision area. I had severe back pain and groin pain. Now I have pain in my outer shin down to the front of the ankle. I also have burning and nerve sensations from the incision site down to my knee. I cannot sleep on either side because it causes a lot of pain. I even use pillows between my knees but that does not help.

Comment from: Frances, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a right hip replacement on 21-01-19. Now I have developed an awful pain down my thigh and knee. It's keeping me awake at night, I am not sure this is normal.

Comment from: South OC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I am 33 days post-surgery of right total hip replacement. I spent 3 nights in the hospital due to low blood pressure and pain not managed. When I was asked my pain level from 0 to 10 I mostly gave a zero or three. It was only when I was up to use the restroom or doing physical therapy (PT) that my pain was an eight (ask for your pain medicines). I drove after 2 weeks, stopped using cane at 2.5 weeks and am back to my usual routine. When I overdo it, my muscles let me know that I have. Sorry so many of you are having a hard time. I had an excellent surgeon and did home PT 3 days a week for 3 weeks.

Comment from: robinq, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 25

I am in week two of recovery after total hip replacement and doing fairly well. I am doing exercises with some difficulty and walking with the help of a walker. However I am very concerned about swelling in both legs and feet, worse on the operated leg. It feels quite numb, I wonder what else I can do other than keep my feet elevated.

Comment from: Mike, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 25

I am almost 3 years from having my right total hip replacement. I have had worsening pain since. At this point I can hardly lift my leg to put on pants or socks. Every time I sneeze or cough I have to bend at the waist because of the pain. After surgery I also had nerve pain that ran down my thigh which lasted for several weeks. Overall I would say that the pain is worse than prior to the surgery.

Comment from: Patricia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 18

I had my hip replacement on November 16 and my recovery is very slow. I have significant pain in my lower back as well as pain in the good leg, which I was told before hip replacement was probably referred pain, but has not improved any.

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Comment from: Philip , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 17

I had left hip replacement. I am playing golf after 4 weeks. All is ok but 4 months later now incision area has burning sensation 24/7; enough misery to keep me from sleeping comfortably.

Comment from: malichi 123, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 15

I am 64 years old and had full hip replacement 10 months ago on my right leg. Where the scar is on the outside of the thigh there is a hard lump about 4 inches long, when I drive it goes into a spasm or cramp, and I have to stop. I wonder if anyone else had a hard lump like this.

Comment from: Cindy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I had anterior total hip replacement in August 2018. I was doing great until week 6 and now I can't even lift my leg up when I lie on my side without excruciating pain. I regret to this day ever having had the surgery since now I have more issues, and it is being blamed on my lower spine. I never had lower spine pain nor the pain I'm experiencing on the outside of the hip since the surgery. The worst part is that after my surgeon and the medical professionals were paid a total of USD 47,000 they don't care.

Comment from: Rigonz, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

Four years ago I had an anterior total hip replacement on the left side. Best decision I ever made. I went back to yoga and other exercises I have not been able to do. I am currently 25 days post operation on the right hip. I am able to enjoy Zumba class with modifications, walk up to 2 miles with little assistance from my cane. Cleared to drive and continue basic yoga exercises within my restrictions. I still have a little pain if I overdo it. Best decision!

Comment from: Zacky, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

I am a 57 year old male. I feel very fortunate after reading other stories. I had my total hip replacement 10/27/18. I had the usual pain first week. Really worked hard with my exercises and walking. By week three I was taking one five mile walk and five one mile walks per day. At week six I don't concern myself with disciplined exercises because my daily activity keeps me very active.

Comment from: Deb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I am 5 weeks post total hip replacement. I still have pain and am very stiff in the mornings. I am still in 2 crutches, and get very tired after moving around. This is my first hip replacement, I have more pain especially in my back than before the operation. I struggle still to get my knee up more than half a foot.

Comment from: MMM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I had a total hip replacement (anterior) June 2018. It is six months out and I still walk with a limp, and sometimes have groin pain. I am now wearing shoes with a slight, thick heel as flats make my feet hurt. Now I have hip pain. I am so disgusted. I am 58 years old and in good shape and health. I had to use a walker for 9 weeks post-surgery.

Comment from: Paperdoll, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

My total hip replacement was the worst mistake of my life. It makes 9 months in January 2019 and I am having a hard time to walk, sit, bend to put on shoes and socks, and wash my feet. I just can't bend. I have pain in both hips now and my back hurts too!

Comment from: Ticktok, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I am 32 years old male. I have had right total hip replacement done on October 2017. It was pretty much ok and I started working once I got medical clearance. By profession I have been a chef. I started working after 8 months of surgery. Now I have a severe sharp pain while walking, and working. I feel a little better on my days off but this soreness is coming straight from the cup side of my hip where I feel something like heaviness, a little tightness. I wonder if anyone else has similar soreness after 1 year of surgery. Or maybe it is my job causing it.

Comment from: Rose, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 28

I am 82 years old, and had a total hip replacement 5 weeks ago. The first 2 weeks were hard, lots of pain, etc. But I am very pleased with my progress now, I walk 20 minutes every day and go shopping. I walk without stick around the house, only 1 stick when out, owing to other problems. I found sleeping difficult, but have now bought a knee pillow so that I can sleep on my side, brilliant; it has made such a difference. So many sad comments on here, hope this might help in a small way.

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Comment from: Cat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

Six weeks ago I had bilateral hip replacements. I am so sorry that I had it done. No one told me about the swelling (20 lb. worth). This week my hips hurt with the groin pain like before. In physical therapy this morning I was asked to turn on my side; yikes! I can feel the implant and now it hurts. I am very depressed. I hurt like before and my body doesn't look like my body with the swelling and a lump on hips. I can only wear sweat pants - a great look for work and the holidays. Think twice about surgery!

Comment from: Kimberly , 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I'm 40 years old and fell and broke my hip 2 years ago. I've had to have hip replacement 4 times due to complications, the first one being the doctor did a partial and it should have been a whole. The second not even a year later was to fix the first, and I developed staph, so went back in and replaced parts, so that was the 3rd. The 4th was to go in and get fluid off which resulted in my leaving the hospital with a central line and wearing an antibiotic ball for 6 weeks. Now it's been 2 years and I'm having terrible groin pain that there isn't enough pain medicines to help, I can't sit, stand or lie down.

Comment from: Lilley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I had right side total hip replacement in January 2018. My mobility has been worse ever since, I get muscle spasm in the thigh, which leads to a fall. The surgeon tells me it's in my mind. I know pain and it's not in my mind. I exercise every morning using the sheet I was given on leaving the hospital. I am seeing him again in February and won't leave until I get some answers.

Comment from: Julie , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

I had a total right hip replacement in August 2018, it's now 14 weeks. I wonder if it is normal to feel implants inside when I sit down, and ache and feel stiff. I'm really worried something is wrong. The physiotherapist said it is muscles and tissues tightening around new implants. Wondering if anyone else had this sensation before.

Comment from: Alesia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I had my right total hip replacement done 11/2/2015 and my left done 4/2/2018. The 1st one went great and I was back to work at 8 weeks, but 2nd not so much. I left my job after 9 years in July. I am still in pain.

Comment from: Sue, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

I had right hand side total hip replacement 18 days ago. I am now walking for the third day without a crutch. I walk my dogs twice a day slowly and do most chores round the house. I don't have any pain in my hip, just aches in my leg. I sleep for half an hour around noon as I feel very tired. By evening my leg throbs. I still get woken every 4 hours as it is uncomfortable sleeping on my back. I am so pleased with my progress and would advise anyone a little and often walking. Pain free at last.

Comment from: Jools, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 16

I had left hip total replacement on May 2018. I was 48 years old suffering with osteoarthritis. I spent 2 nights in hospital then home having to inject blood thinners for 4 weeks and do some basic exercises and keep moving! I am 6 weeks off work, driving again and now in November 2018 wearing heels again and pain free. My right hip is now telling me it's time but I'm not ready yet to do it again but I was very fortunate no complications. I followed all instructions given to me, did as I was told, just keep moving!

Comment from: Annette, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 16

I am 57 years old. Five months ago I had a hip replacement, still with crutches and have a lump, and I cannot sleep on it. I am taking an x-ray, sounds like I might have a blood clot. I am very worried. I contacted the hospital and was advised my surgeon is overseas.

Comment from: Bobby, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I'm a 68-year-old man who had his left hip replaced three months ago. My surgeon came well recommended and performed the anterior procedure. Before surgery I couldn't walk 50 yards without having to stop. The surgery went well. I needed the walker for a day and a cane for a week. I'm walking normally but deliberately now.

Comment from: Joharley, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I had my 2nd hip replacement and after a month the ball started popping out requiring being put to sleep to get it back in. I wonder why this is happening!

Comment from: Catherine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I'm 65 female and had a total hip replacement on the right side, just shy of 6 weeks ago, and not yet had my surgeon's review. It has been tough, I have had ups and downs, tears, etc. I thought I was doing well, down to using one walking stick and walking around house unaided. Last night I unintentionally turned over on to left side whilst sleeping and today have had pain down the operated side and buttock. I'm now on reduced painkillers to paracetamol 4 times a day and the odd ibuprofen as I still get swollen ankles. Now I am frightened in case I have damaged it.

Comment from: Leabee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am a 64 year old female who had posterior total hip replacement 4 weeks ago yesterday. The recovery was very difficult for the first two to three weeks but last week I feel like I turned a corner. I'm in less pain now than pre-surgery and actually walking for short periods without support. The physical therapy is tough but necessary. It was not easy to get here (insurance complications and incompetent first orthopedic practice) but I am feeling so much more comfortable. The pre-surgery strengthening was very valuable.

Comment from: dreamer324, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am a 22 year old female who has had a total hip replacement and removal of hardware on my right side. It's been 1 year, almost 1.5 year since I've had the surgery. Everything has been great except that pain has recently returned after falling down a flight of stairs. My whole legs feels numb at times and hurts to walk straight, with partial limping returning. When I went back to my surgeon's office they said everything looked fine, just excess swelling due to my fall, but I fell 4 weeks ago and still have pain.

Comment from: Cavsome, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 12

I am 4 months post left anterior total hip replacement and the original ligaments of my hip flexors are as painful and scarred as before the surgery. My left hip swings to the left when I do squats. Attempts to correct the imbalance have failed. I am trying to get my left ischium or seat bone to lower at the same time as the right. My right comes down first. I wonder if the scarring can be torn through physical therapy so I can train squats for body building.

Comment from: Sad and Sore Marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I am 7 weeks post anterior total hip replacement. Despite pain and discomfort in my left buttock I was recovering slow but well. At 4 weeks post-surgery I fractured my superior acetabular cup. I was walking with my frame. It took 4 days to get a diagnosis through our local Emergency Department. During that time they acquired the post-operative x-ray from the major city hospital who did the surgery. I was told it showed a posterior acetabular stress fracture from the fitting of the cup. The surgeon never told me or my physiotherapist or general physician.

Comment from: Twofishers1, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 15

I had a total right hip replacement about 5 years ago. Ever since I have had pain and some numbness running down my right outer thigh to the point where it is tender to the touch. Also the more I walk or exercise, the whole right leg hurts.

Comment from: Amelia, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had right anterior hip replacement 9 months ago. The surgeon dropped a piece of the hip, and found it in my pelvic area 3.5 hours later! The therapist was incompetent and released me too early. I cannot lift my leg to put on my shoes, have excruciating pain, I limp and have to walk with a cane at times. I cannot bend over. My hip swells and my left knee is beginning to swell and hurt, because of the way I am walking now. I cannot do this anymore; excruciating pain 24/7 and I can't rest.

Comment from: Merianna, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I was born with hip dysplasia which I never found out until the osteoarthritis was so bad I could barely walk. I had my first hip replacement in March and my second one in June. I really should have waited for the second one but had no choice, I couldn't walk and cried myself to sleep the pain was so bad. Now it's been a little over a month since my last one and it's difficult to walk without pain. My other hip is still weak which I believe is why I'm having a hard time. Please wait if you can.

Comment from: Susan F, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I am a 65 year old female who is a former registered nurse for 39 years. I received a total hip replacement in January 2018. After persistent and excruciating pain for 6 weeks I got a second opinion. I had a fractured femur from where the first doctor hammered the prosthesis too hard. Long story short, the second surgery 6 weeks post-operation was a success but now I'm unable to walk more than 30 feet without extreme pain. This is my life and I wish it was over. I can't play with my grandson, can't garden, etc.

Comment from: Sapphire, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I am a 63 year old female post total hip replacement (THR) on June 7, 2018. It went great! I never used walker or cane once I got home. I went back to work June 19th. I do a lot of walking during the day, and tracking my steps I have done as high as 10 miles in one day. I am experiencing terrible shin pain only at night. Once I get up in the morning pain goes away. It's only at night. I heard it was a normal thing to happen post THR. It is really painful. Happens whether I work or not.

Comment from: Go Di Go, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I am a 58 year old plus size female and I had an anterior hip replacement in November of 2017. The day after my procedure I got up and walked to the lounge. I was later released the same day! It was very painful (to be expected) but I was mentally prepared and wanted to make sure I got up every day, which I did. I started physiotherapy about 4 days after I had come home from hospital. It was a brutal 1 to 1.5 hours but well worth it. My husband bought me a device that helped me move my leg up and down from the bed which helped. It was hard going to the restroom, but the raised toilet seat helped. A few weeks post-operation, I started experiencing excruciating pain in my shins every night that would start around 2 am and last till about 8 am (weird). It was so painful, it was like the pain came from another planet! I would lie in agony for those few hours each night as the pain medicines were useless. By daybreak, the pain would go away and come back later in the wee hours of the morning. I have used a product called Two Old Goats to help with joint pain in my big toe. I thought to try it on my painful shins and it worked! When the pain crept in, I would dab a bit of the Two Old Goats and received instant relief! Other than that, my progress with my hip continued to improve. I think the physiotherapist milked me more than they should and stuck with me a big bill, however, I probably would not have changed a thing. I went back to work after about 12 weeks and now walk without any limp at all. Sometimes it is difficult to sit down and stand up, however, that has also improved. Hang in there everyone!

Comment from: Susan, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

In 2004 I received a right total hip replacement after an accident. When I woke up I did not know where my foot was and my right heel and shin had stocking distribution paresthesia/hyperesthesia which is like millions of red hot needles piercing your skin. I could never walk correctly despite all x-rays showing perfect placement of implant. After being told to wait five years for nerves to regenerate and countless pain medications I asked for nerve conduction tests. They discovered post ganglionic cysts on the tibial and sciatic nerves and a partial sciatic lesion, site unknown. The abductor hallucis muscle under my foot that pads the sole had withered away from lack of blood flow. My leg and life has been slowly grinding to a halt. I tried FES (functional electrical stimulation) to try to help my front foot lift as I had developed drop foot. This made the nerves very painful and I had to stop, and as the years progressed I needed a cane and mobility scooter. In January 2017 I felt a sharp pain in my thigh and could not walk. I attended Accident and Emergency numerous times where an anteroposterior (AP) x-ray was carried out; everything was fine, just my existing nerve damage. My life went on hold. I sleep downstairs, need a mobility scooter to move around, and stopped driving. I visited the doctor begging for second opinion on hip and was sent to wrong consultant foot specialist after nine month wait. Finally in December 2017 my leg gave out on me and I fell again and was taken to hospital. A very good radiographer listened to my story did an AP x-ray and the femoral stem and hip looked fine. He decided to do a lateral x-ray and there it was; the femoral shaft on my hybrid ceramic/stainless steel Exeter implant was broken and had been broken for a while. I had been walking around on that for nearly a year while every medical professional assumed it was existing nerve damage. One week ago I underwent complex right hip revision where I managed to keep the cup but my thigh bone was opened up like a sandwich (consultant's words), old crumbling cement and shattered stem removed, washed out with antibiotics, and longer femoral stem and polyethylene implant used. The whole thigh bone was wired back together. I am finding it difficult to walk with walker as legs feel different lengths, just need to straighten up and trust new implant. Pain is there but trust me, it is less than the broken stem. It is a different pain as all the tissues in the hip and leg adjust. My recovery will take months and my best case scenario is walk with a cane and have a limp but be pain free.

Comment from: karen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 28

I am a 51 years old female. I organize moving jobs for a living, it is a physical job. I was a power walker with no power left before my total hip replacement (THR) surgery. I was in so much pain before surgery but knowing I was having it done I continued to push myself to gain as much strength as I could. I am so pleased with my THR. I am ending my 11 weeks post THR. My best advice is to research your doctor and check to see if others had a good experience. My experience has been flawless from the time I saw him for the first visit up until leaving the hospital after surgery. Before having surgery I went to physiotherapist (PT) to strengthen my muscles and prepare my body as best as I could. I ate clean and tried to lose a few pounds. I believe not knowing what to expect after the surgery was my biggest worry, but it was better than I could believe. Hour after surgery PT came and got me up to walk, I was feeling great. My pain was gone. Everything else that seemed to hurt also went away as he said it would. When I went home I made sure I prepared the house as they requested. The raised potty seat was the best thing. I had a walker and a cane. I used my walker for the first two weeks, even though I knew I could walk without it. Walking straight and strong was my goal. I then used a cane for 4 to 5 weeks. I dropped using the cane on week 5 but would use it on long walks. I had PT come to the house the first 2 weeks, I did just what they said and some days I overdid and iced it and rested that following day. I never had pain, but the incision was tough to sit on so I reclined and used a pillow. My biggest hurdle was sleeping, you must sleep flat on your back with pillow supporting your outer thighs and between legs. I refused the pain pills for I had no pain, but the PT and my doctor expressed it is not because of the pain. When you are well rested sleeping your body heals the better and faster you recover. I took the pills for two weeks and boy it made a difference. I was able to drive at week 4 but I waited until week 6. At 4 to 5 weeks I started to walk outside and every day I went more and more. I was up to 2 miles at a medium pace. I continued my PT stretches. Week 8 I was released to go back to work slowly and smart. I started to drive, riding the bike 30 minutes and working. I was only up to 3 hours of work and now I am full time. I am not lifting heavy or over doing it. I am back to all tasks but still using caution to not hurt myself. This is a major surgery you need to allow yourself to heal. I am a lucky one and had a good experience but I also took the extra precautions and did not rush the healing process. I believe that has helped me heal so well.

Comment from: Lee lee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I am 6 weeks post operation from left total hip replacement. The doctor told me no weight bearing for 2 months, so difficult especially when you are feeling all fixed and want to go walking. I was in awful pain for years with limited mobility. I was told he used a shorter pin on my deformed femur to replace hip, that's why no weight bearing for 2 months. I will see the doctor January 23, 2018, today is January 20, 2018, hope I did well not bearing weight. I have a very good doctor, do not want to mess up his masterpiece, wish me luck.

Comment from: Dickie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 27

I had a right anterior hip replacement 15 months ago. Post-operative pain was horrific, if you rate pain from 1 to 10, then mine was 40. I haven't had a pain free day yet, I have not gained any mobility, I cannot walk far, I cannot drive far, and I continue to be in severe pain. I had to retire from my 40 years of para-professional career, as I cannot weight-bear for more than 1 hour. Nothing is showing up on imaging, so I am being totally ignored by the surgeons, even the second opinion surgeon. I was training with a physiotherapist only 4 months before my operation, and I am not over-weight.

Comment from: hippiechick, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had a total hip replacement on September 20, 2015. I was 47 years old and weighed 105 pounds. I was born with hip dysplasia, which I never knew. I did gymnastics and sports all of my life. With that said, I bounced back rather quick and started exercising about 4 weeks later. I felt amazing. It's been over a 1 1/2 and I am having severe problems. My thigh is giving out on me when I walk and I almost fall down. I have been back to the doctor many times with my concerns. I did a bone scan with contrast, x-rays, MRIs and blood work. My scan came back that the implant is loosening. When I spoke to my doctor, he said he is not sure about the results because it may be too soon to tell. I did go for a 2nd opinion and he said the same. Keep in mind, the 2nd doctor I went to, went to medical school with my first doctor and knew him well (I did not know that when I made the appointment). My other hip is in a lot of pain and soon I will have to get that one replaced. I don't want to get the other hip replaced without my first one 100 percent.

Comment from: cropsis, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 07

I am 4 weeks post operation for a total hip replacement, anterior approach on my right side. So far so good. I did the pre-operation exercises faithfully for 5 months before and that helped me. I continue to do exercises, walk, and now the recumbent bike every day. I really don't need the cane but take it when walking. I am driving now and doing fine with that. The only problem is I was taken off my Enbrel 2 weeks before and have to stay off for 6 weeks after surgery. Well, I have had 3 gosh-awful flares and I do mean awful. I was not warned about that nor told what I might do for relief. Fortunately I had prednisone that my rheumatologist had given me and I got permission to take that along with the naproxen. Since doing that I have only had one shoulder flare. Knock on wood. I have 2 weeks to go and am hoping that there are no more flares. I guess I should have expected it but nobody warned me so I wanted to let others know. If I had known it could happen then I would have known what to do instead of suffering over a weekend till I could reach the doctor. Best of luck to all.

Comment from: willie23, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 06

First thing I would like to address is that the article says that you will be in hospital for 4 to 7 days, and that was not my experience. I had a total hip replacement (THR) in July 2015 at age 53. I was in agony for 2 years before, extreme pain, no sleep, and total depression. My THR changed my life! From day one I could tell the difference. My doctor did an IV cocktail of antibiotics before during and after surgery. I was up and walking immediately after returning from recovery room. I was released from hospital in less than 24 hours after 2 physiotherapy (PT) sessions in hospital. I had PT in my home every other day for 2 weeks. The first 2 weeks were rough, hard to sleep on back with wedge between legs, but after reading all the horror stories on this thread I consider myself extremely fortunate. I am facing my second THR next week and am hoping for another successful experience. It did help that I live in a condominium with no stairs and a very long hallway to walk up and down several times a day. I had all I needed set up next to my bed, including the portable potty. The constipation is real so I plan on doubling up on softeners, prunes, Miralax and water! Best of luck to anyone facing this surgery.

Comment from: M., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I'm 9 days post left total hip replacement. I am 55 years old. So far it's worse than expected. Painful. I have made two trips to the emergency room in 5 days. Once for severe swelling in the leg and purple marks and they discovered blood clot and the second for trouble breathing. No sleep and I am exhausted. I feel helpless. I began physical therapy 3 days ago, first two sessions were fine but now I think I am somehow twisting my leg even though I am careful. And it does not feel right; feels a little twisted and longer than the other leg. I have a follow up in 3 days. I am scared and maybe experiencing the postoperative depression. I wish someone had told me the truth about the recovery, not just the pink glasses like how I will be almost running in no time and how happy I would be. I have zero energy and the lack of sleep is making all of it even worse. I am miserable. Good luck to all of you.

Comment from: Bea, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a left hip replacement 3 years ago. All went well until the last few months. My leg, hip and buttock have gotten bad enough that it's been difficult to walk without a limp and pretty bad pain. I have been to massage therapists, chiropractor, and orthopedist who did cortisone injections for bursa inflammation which didn't do much. I was feeling hopeless. I went to my family doctor for a regular physical. He referred me to a fabulous physical therapist who actually knows what he's doing. He said it's all about the muscles on that left side needing to be strengthened and stretched. Within two visits I am feeling better. The key is to do what I'm told. One of the stretches is the pigeon hold like in yoga. Another is lying on my stomach, holding my hips on the floor, lifting my left leg a few inches off the ground and moving it back and forth, and left and right 5 to 6 times, working up to 15 times over a few days and doing this every couple of hours through the day. Also, do the clam movement on your opposite side, I've seen proper position on YouTube videos. I'm sure there are other stretches. This is a start. No medications, no injections, just strengthening and stretching properly. I have used ibuprofen, but hoping to taper off that soon. Doesn't hurt to do these on both sides. It can be painful at first, but does start feeling better. Good luck.

Comment from: me, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 15

I had my first hip replaced in November 2013 and it has been great, no pain. I had my second hip replacement in November 2014 and it has been a nightmare. When I bend I feel like I am going to pass out. When I asked my surgeon about his he said, well, do not bend then. Needless to say I will not waste any more time seeing him. I am in constant pain in the left hip, it feels as though someone has hit me on the hip. The only difference is that the doctor used a bigger hip in the left side. My physician does not think that should be a problem. Such a nightmare! I wish I had never got the second hip replaced. You really are putting your life in the doctor's hand. I still walk with a limp worse than before the surgery. Wish someone could help me.

Comment from: Jroz2, Male (Patient) Published: May 05

I had total hip replacement in 3/2015. The surgery and recovery went fine, but 8 months out I started having outer thigh pain just above my knee. It wasn't too bad but affected the way I walk. Now I'm at 14 months out and in bad pain just above my knee up into my quadriceps. I have been back to the doctor and explained to him that I'm in bad pain, limping badly especially if I sit down for 15 minutes or so, when I stand up I can't even put pressure on it. I never had problems with my knee or back. The doctor says it's my back; it's not my back, it is severe pain in my thigh. It feels like it's in my bone, hurts to touch my thigh or if I bump my thigh it hurts. MRI is scheduled for next week as the doctor wants to rule out back problem.

Comment from: Riski, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I am 53 years old, skier, weight lifter, and desk jockey. I am 20 lb overweight. This is 10 days post anterior total right hip replacement. I am walking without cane. I have been working from home and hospital from start. It is healing nicely and I am walking more upright with better posture. No limp. There is burning pain at the incision, which is 5 inch vertical front and to the side. There is a numb patch around incision, but surprisingly not bothersome. Hardest part is sitting around. I am much more easily exhausted. Supportive wife helps. It is a humbling experience. Treat family right ahead of time.

Comment from: SandyCar, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 22

I had hip replacement in January 2014 due to acetabular dysplasia and I have had pain ever since. I have a hard time walking by the end of the day and I walk with a limp. I have seen a few orthopedic doctors, had hip aspirations, bone scan and many other tests. Doctors say they don't see anything wrong. I'm tired of being in pain and I can't do what I want to do. I know it's not all in my head!

Comment from: Westiewest, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: March 29

It is almost 2 years since my total hip replacement surgery, and not much improvement. There are times I can hardly walk, I get a stab like pain in hip. The only help I receive is pain pills, and more pain pills. I will not take any more oxycodone. I was on it for over a year and surprised I still have a mind. I would like to have another x-ray to check on the implant. It is like pulling teeth to get my doctor to respond. I tried acupuncture, physical therapy, and heat massage. Apparently nothing helps.

Comment from: flora, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 24

I had hip replacement 10 months ago and I am still in excruciating pain. I have been back to the hospital on several occasions and they can't find anything wrong, but I have pain every day. I can't sleep or walk a distance without being in agony. I have pain in my hip and joint, pain in my buttocks, and pain in my groin. I feel I'm never going to be ok. I wish I hadn't got it, now it is pure nightmare.

Comment from: carole, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I had total hip replacement in October 2015. I thought all was well, had no physiotherapy but did exercises at home which was given to me. I am still on one crutch, without it I have a limp and right foot turns outwards. I don't know how to solve this and yes, I am worried. I still have a lot of pain.

Comment from: Bob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

In 1992, I fell off a galloping horse, wish-boned and dislocated both hips in opposite directions and broke my pelvis in 3 places. In 2008-09 I started having range of motion issues, mainly could not get on/off bike, etc. I then started having major pain in left hip. I did extreme research and found best bone doctor around. In December 2010 he did a lateral total hip replacement (THR) and had usual recovery, walking with support immediately with gradual increase to full walk without assistance in 2 or 3 weeks. The pain is all gone but x-rays showed right hip would follow soon. In December 2013 I had right anterior THR. I walked without assistance and up/down stairs in 2 days. In a week I started walking a mile every other day, and 2 miles every other day in 1 to 2 months after that. Most important is to get a good doctor and doing own due diligence; ask questions. A good doctor will be ok with questions and could even have a good chat, time permitting, etc.

Comment from: Jeanie D, Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I had total hip replacement 7 weeks ago which seemed very good and my recovery was excellent. I now feel less than good. The only way I can describe it is like having aching flu in my hips and legs. Sleeping is dreadful, I dread the nights!

Comment from: happywithequipment, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 09

I had constipation following my total hip replacement surgery… a softball sized, rock hard stool trying to come out of a golf ball-sized hole. I also had fairly dramatic fainting episodes, called vasovagal syncope, following surgery, each time I attempted to walk. Upon reflection, I identified some previous episodes that were quite minor, in the past. Once I fainted while getting a tetanus shot. The fainting prolonged my stay by seven days and resulted in an eight-day stay in a country-club typed rehabilitation center... very helpful.

Comment from: lisa , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 14

I had a right hip replacement in October 2018 aged 45. I have seen other comments on this page saying they feel worse than before, the doctor tells them it's in their head, and this is exactly how I feel. I'm glad that I'm not the only one out there feeling this way. I am doing lots of physiotherapy hoping that one day soon I can say that I'm back to normal.

Comment from: mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I am not happy, it is 6 months out after total hip replacement, I still have pain in my hip, and now I limp. I picked the wrong doctor. For everyone, please find a doctor that is really good and does a lot of this surgery. I saw the doctor 1 time before my surgery, and his assistant wondered why they become doctors when the only thing they care about is their wallet.

Comment from: Brenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had two hip replacements and now the stem is bad so I'll have to have another one. I am really scared how that's going to go.

Comment from: Ndsantacruz, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 18

Since I have had a total hip replacement my thigh has a burning sensation especially if I have keys or change or phone in my pocket.

Comment from: Karla, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I had total hip replacement 4 months ago. Now I have lots of pain going down the front of my leg. I basically have to pick up my leg with my hands to move it. I wonder if anybody else has had this before, I don't know what I should do.

Comment from: Dean, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 19

I am sixty seven, and had hip replacement eight weeks ago. My leg is still very weak and I am having to walk with a crutch, I wonder if this is normal in my recovery time.

Comment from: seke3, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I'm a 44 year old guy. My hip replacement was done about 1.5 years ago. It's kind of sore at times but other times I get a sharp pain in my hamstring, almost like the metal is cutting into my thigh muscle. I wonder if anyone else is feeling this.

Comment from: Banny Zonca, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 25

I had surgery for total hip replacement 4 1/2 months ago and still require a cane for walking. I'm concerned and a bit depressed. I had knee replacement surgery 7 months ago.

Comment from: Sweetbaby, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 30

I have fallen a lot because I have major spine problems. My total hip replacement surgery was mainly due to steroid injections. My neurologist found it on a MRI and told me to see my orthopedic doctor immediately. I did and even though I told him many times he ignored me, my hip was holding on by the flap and he didn't know how I was walking. In January I was diagnosed with a rare cyst on my hip. Today I went to urgent care in a wheelchair. I'm in pain in both hips and my doctor will not listen!

Comment from: davtej, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 08

For the last two years I've been falling for no reason. The first time I fractured my left hip and have 3 screws holding everything in place. But that's not the problem, about nine months ago, I fell in my kitchen and couldn't move. My next door neighbor broke the lock to come into the back door and saw me lying on the floor. He lifted me up so he could call 911 but I immediately fell again, and I think that made matters worse. After that I don't remember the emergency medical technicians, the emergency room, the doctors or the nurses. Well, the surgeon on duty did a total knee replacement. I never knew so much pain in my life. The problem was it wasn't getting better. I first made an appointment with the surgeon's assistant who showed me the x-ray and showed me I had no bone left, just shards of bone that looked like broken pottery. So I left feeling at least someone did something, but 2 months later I went to the original surgeon who took an x-ray and told me that everything looked perfect, perhaps the pain was coming from my muscles and I needed to stretch more. I knew this was wrong and left. I made an appointment with my own orthopedic doctor who did 3 sets of x-rays and showed me first a white horizontal scratch at the bottom of the piece that goes in your thigh bone, he said that shows him it was loose and he showed me a horizontal scratch mark that showed him where the piece was rubbing against the inside of my bone when I moved. He said he could help me by doing another surgery and replacing the bottom piece, which was too thin, with a much thicker piece that won't have room to move around but first he wanted to test me for infections in the area which fortunately came back negatively and we have the surgery in about a month or so. I had so many friends tell me when they had a hip replacement they were fine in 3 days and walking around in a week. If that is at all possible that is the one Christmas wish I saved for myself.

Comment from: Dianne, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 14

I am 4 weeks post operation for total hip replacement. Right hip is not a problem, I do physiotherapy, exercises, etc., and down to 1 crutch in the house. But I have lower backache! Which is such a shame because I want to walk outside with 2 crutches, lovely to be out in fresh air, but backache is spoiling this.

Comment from: Linda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I had total hip replacement on 07/05/16. Although I am no longer experiencing pain, I have a weakness in my leg, besides feeling tired after walking only a short distance. I still have to walk with an aid because I wobble.

Comment from: roger, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 29

I am 10 months since my total hip replacement and I am still on crutches got a bad limp, not much pain, but have back pain because of my limp. My age is 75. My legs are level. I am a bit fed up!

Comment from: Catherine, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I had full right hip replacement. I noticed the foot of that leg was not straight, it pointed outwards, thus when I walk my right heel clips my left heel, and this puts me more at risk to trip.

Comment from: fred, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 17

After a total hip replacement I was doing well, but three days after surgery I heard a pop and experienced severe pain. The surgeon determined that there was a crack at the top of the hip joint which required another surgery to stabilize the joint. I wonder if this is a rare occurrence and what causes this to happen.

Comment from: Nancy, (Patient) Published: May 18

I had total hip replacement surgery 8 weeks ago and cannot walk without a cane. I also have a problem with my IT (iliotibial) band. It feels like I am sitting on a rod, this will not go away even with physiotherapy. I don't know what to do.

Comment from: smiley, Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

I had a total hip replacement in 2014 and I am still in a lot of pain. My job requires a lot of sitting. I went to my surgical doctor but he cannot find anything wrong. I went through physical therapy but I am still not felling 100 percent. I just hoping that I didn't get a defective part and have to go through it again.

Comment from: jack, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 23

I had a hip replacement in June 2015. It's now near the end of February 2016 and I am still in pain when walking. The pain then causes me to limp. I am beginning to wish I never had the replacement.

Comment from: Fluffycat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 10

I just had a total right hip replacement in October 2014. As of yet I'm not sure if it's better or worse, I'm still in pain, can't sleep on right side well at all, maybe 20 minutes or so, it feels like I'm sleeping on a rock. I still use walker and cane, it depends on how well I'm walking on that day. But let me remind you that I have a few more illnesses as well, this was a hard journey for me and am still fighting.

Comment from: activelady, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had a bicycle accident 8 months ago and had to have my hip replaced. I made the mistake of watching a full hip replacement surgery on Youtube several days before my own surgery. I'm not sure why I did that! I was so scared leading up to the surgery. I have had several surgeries and this was one of the easiest. I was so worried because I would have to climb several stairs each day and that turned out to be no problem. The only real pain I had was in my knee from when they put it in an odd position with major pressure to dislocate the hip. The knee pain eventually disappeared. I feel really good and I do a lot of walking and hiking. I'm still a little scared of getting on a bicycle after the accident though. I would not hesitate if I ever had to have the other hip done.

Comment from: Larry WI, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 15

I am 7 weeks post operation with a THR of the right hip. The entire process has been like a cake walk for me. No real pain to speak of, a little discomfort, but nothing that I would call pain. I quit using the cane after the 3rd week, and now I walk normal. I can climb steps, and I can dress myself without any aids or help. I only take the pain meds as needed, no more than 2 per day. My last Doctor visit was Friday, Nov 12th, and the Doc said that I was a solid 1 year ahead of most others with my recovery. I no longer have the "real pain" that I had pre-opp for the last year or so, and I am totally pleased with the results.

Comment from: Brownie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I had a total hip replacement on Dec. 15, 2008. There was more pain than I had anticipated; however, I was sent home on the fourth day with warfarin (3 mg. per day) after having both warfarin and Lovenox in the hospital. The visiting nurses came and checked my blood levels (INT), and the first test showed 1.1, which is not therapeutic, so I understand. After several more days, a second test showed the same levels and my warfarin was increased to 5 mg. per day. Two days later, I was diagnosed with a blood clot behind the knee and the pain was indescribable. At that point, warfarin was increased to 7.5 mg. and I was sent home with Lovenox injections (70 mg.). My blood was then monitored each day, and it took seven days for the blood levels to reach 2.1. At this point, Lovenox was discontinued and now, after five days of no blood draw, I will have a stick test tomorrow to see if the level is maintaining. I was flat on the couch with an elevated leg for 12 days before I felt much relief in the leg. So ... rehab was discontinued, and I am at least two weeks behind now on any serious rehab. My experience makes me furious because I believe the "ball was dropped" on the blood levels. Also, I had huge issues connecting with the surgeon who was "out of town" and had no referral physician. How differently things would have been if I had been more educated and took more control over my own care and demanded closer attention be paid to what was going on.

Comment from: Lucy, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 27

My husband had a right total hip replacement in Aug. 2006. Shortly after surgery, he developed great pain in the area of the right groin. He went through three pain management injections, which did not help him. In Dec. 2007, after about 18 months of pain after his total hip replacement, he requested a CT scan of his hip. The doctor ended up doing another right hip revision in Feb. 2008. About six weeks after the second surgery, the same exact pain came back to the groin area. He saw his surgeon on a follow-up appointment, and his doctor told him to go to another pain management specialist. He did three more pain management injections, which did not help. I have taken him to other orthopedic surgeons, pain management doctors, and a neurologist. The neurologist says there is no nerve damage, so it must be a hip problem. We are still continuing to pursue solutions. He is in pain all the time.

Comment from: Sara , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I am a 34 year girl. In 2000 when I was 15 years old I had pain in my lift leg. After x-rays the doctors told us that my hip joint damage was due to tuberculosis and they can't take the risk of operation in growing up age. Well, now I checked myself with the doctors again and again. And some doctors suggested total hip joint operation. And some doctors say if I have no pain in my leg then never take the risk of and operation, and I have no pain in my leg. But my daily activities are disturbed so much. I am not walking properly, and have leg discrepancy.

Comment from: Dennis , 25-34 (Patient) Published: October 18

I am 35. I had left hip replacement surgery 3 years ago and I have been having problems since I had the surgery.

Comment from: mal, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 27

I am due for double hip replacement and am feeling very anxious. I am a fit male 61 year old person but need a cane. I am lying in bed a lot now. I feel a burden to my active wife. She adds pressure in assuming I will be well again in six weeks, ready for a job. Mentally I am starting to feel challenged. It has been three years and I am still waiting for a surgery date. I just hope I am one of the lucky stories. I am sorry for those of you that have suffered inadvertently.

Comment from: ReallyFrustrated, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

I had an anterior hip replacement done on my left hip 12 weeks ago. I have been in pain with mid-thigh pain since week five when I walk. I went for my six-week check-up and the x-rays looked good. The doctor told me I could start using a cane but I was unable to until week eight. Even then I still had the thigh pain when I walked. I called the doctor and he told me to use the walker till it got better.

Comment from: Monica, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 14

I am 10 weeks post-op from a total left hip replacement after two years of chronic groin pain. I continue to experience significant groin pain worsened with cycling and walking and need to use hiking poles to walk. I still limp in pain around the house.

Comment from: bmrichards, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 07

I fell and needed a partial hip replacement. I am healing well, but this has been a difficult journey. I was active before I fell. I am not over-weight and I have a positive attitude.

Comment from: Clem, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I am a 55 year old woman two weeks post-op THR. My surgeon used the anterior approach, so there was no cutting through muscle and just a scar on the front of my hip. I have been walking without any aid since the day after my surgery, with very, very little pain.

Comment from: Don D., 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I had my right hip replaced and experienced no more than normal pain. In the follow up with my doctor, the X-ray showed that my femur had split and required surgery the next day. We still do not understand why I was not experiencing pain due to the fracture. The repair went well however, six months later, I still have extreme muscle weakness and right my leg is about 1.5 inches shorter than my left.

Comment from: jssonger, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I had my right hip replaced 13 months ago. The doctor said he had to sever major muscle on my thigh. Now it feels like my thigh muscle rides up the side of my leg when I sit down. If I sit for too long, I get an excruciating pain down my leg to my big toe.

Comment from: Barry, 19-24 Male Published: September 11

My hip was replaced in 1971, over 40 years ago. I have water skied on it as well. I am now 63 years old and still going fine. Barry

Comment from: hopalong, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

I had a total hip replacement two years ago. It was so wonderful to wake from the surgery to no pain at all. I was given a pain pump to manage my pain but after three days it was removed. I did end up with a little bursitis but my doctor gave me an antibiotic and it went away.

Comment from: E Wright, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had bi-lateral hip replacement surgery on April 18th. I have no pain. I can walk 3-4 miles a day and my quality of life has improved tenfold. I still have a long recovery ahead and I really look forward to other activities to help in the recovery process. I would advise anyone that is a bi-lateral hip replacement, get both done at the same time. E. Wright Mint Hill, North Carolina

Comment from: PIXAPD, Male (Patient) Published: May 16

Had a hip replacement in 2007, Australia, cost me nothing though Medicare. I have had no pain and no trouble. The surgeon said guaranteed for 40 years. It's not the real thing and I find certain limits when walking up inclines; but it sure beats suffering the agony of the chronic pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Comment from: S-Kat, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 07

I've had both hips totally replaced, first in 3/07 and second in 3/09. Both were total bone-on-bone (cartilage degeneration) and with terrible pain during any walking, etc. Both replacements were perfect successes, with no complications and ZERO PAIN now. I have my life back! GET INFORMED about all aspects of surgery, options, anesthesia, physical therapy, and recovery beforehand to know what to expect and do to help yourself physically and mentally.

Comment from: NJHiker, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I just had a total hip replacement and have been amazed at the quick recovery. I'm 57 years old, I was always pretty active but had slowed down the past couple of years because of hip pain. My surgeon performed a minimally invasive procedure through the side of my hip (still a 5" incision). My hip was bad, bone on bone, but not continuously terrible pain. Sometimes I could barely walk, every step was agony, others I had a limp but not too much pain. I'd opted for the surgery because I found my self giving up the activities I enjoyed the most, hiking, skiing, kayaking, walking.

Comment from: Max John, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 05

This site is very helpful. I had a hip replacement in 2009 and will have another next week. The amazing relief from pain immediately was amazing. I have had no pain or discomfort since. People had suggested that I have the operation earlier and I would recommend early intervention to everybody.

Comment from: colette, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I had my first total hip replacement in August 2007 at the age of 55. The pain was so great after the healing period that I had to have another surgery. My second surgery was February 2009 and was not successful. My hip has dislocated 10 times since March 2009. I am scared to death of a third surgery.

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