Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Rehab Experience

Please share your experience with the rehabilitation process following total hip replacement surgery.

Comment from: Norm, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I had a total left hip replacement last September 29th. I only spent 2 days and one night in hospital. I used a walker for a couple of weeks and then a cane for a couple of more weeks after that. I am back to driving and regular activities shortly thereafter. Only lasting problem is squatting down and then getting back up without grabbing onto something. I took physical therapy for a few weeks but honestly don't think it did much good. I am trying my own exercise program now of just squatting down and then 'willing' myself back-up without any assistance. It seems to be working slowly. All in all I am glad I had the replacement.

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Comment from: Momo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had anterior total hip replacement 4 weeks ago today. I was in the hospital 24 hours. I walked with a walker 3 hours after the surgery and next day before going home they had me walk with a cane and up and down 15 stairs. I got home and took 2 Tylenols. I had almost no pain, I only had burning around the incision. Two weeks post operation I was able to walk without the cane. Since I did not take narcotics I was allowed to drive after 2 weeks, since it was my left hip and I do the driving only with my right leg. I think having a good surgeon that only does anterior hip replacement is the right way to go. I had to travel 40 plus miles to have this done; worth the trip. Now if I walk too much I get a soreness on my thigh but the doctor says it's been only 4 weeks and probably that will be gone by 8 weeks. I hope this helps somebody make the right decision.

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Comment from: Glenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had total hip replacement on March 15, 2016. The surgery went great and the pain I had before is totally gone. I went back to work at 6 weeks with no problem. My problem is that now I have a deep aching pain at the site of the incision. The surgeon said he thinks it's the muscle and will get better with time. It's been nearly five months now and it's still there. It hurts at night and when I get up from sitting or lying down. I didn't go through the pain of the surgery only to end up with this pain.

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Comment from: Cutecarol1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I had both hips replaced and my left one twice due to an infection. It was a pocket of strep infection. So I'm at a year out from having the second put in twice. I'm having all kinds of pain again. I am having trouble with walking. This has been awful for me. I have one of the best doctors in town, but no bedside manner. I don't want to go back to him. I'm at a loss. I am wondering if I have more infection or maybe in a couple of my falls if I have done something.

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Comment from: Pam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Since last July total hip replacement surgery for hip that popped out, I have not been able to walk without a walker. My right hip had a bone over the main bone. I can lift my left leg but can't control my walk without limping. I have been to 4 rehabilitations with no luck in walking normal.

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Comment from: Metro, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had total hip replacement surgery on May 20th, 2015. I was discharged from the hospital, on May 22nd, 2015 walking! First time in 5 years no hip pain! A totally remarkable success thus far. I am ecstatic I can scarcely contain myself. One down one 2 go. Not the least bit apprehensive. It's just been all good. Thank you so much orthopedic staff!

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Comment from: jpendrak, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I had been having pain for the past two years in my right hip. I received a new one on July 9, 2014. After the hip replacement surgery the pain was gone. I was able to walk with the help of a walker and went to a cane in two weeks. I've been doing the physiotherapy every day and see improvement every day. I know everyone is different but I would encourage everyone to look into replacement surgery to improve the quality of life. There is a lot to see and do out there.

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