Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

Please describe your total hip replacement experience.

Comment from: Scott, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 01

I had total hip replacement of the left hip on 7/30/2013. All is well except that when I sit even for a short period of time and stand, my fist 2 to 3 steps are very shaky. It has only been 90 days. I go to the gym, ride the stationary bike, walk the tread mill and lift weights, careful to not hurt my back or hip. I do it alternate days so as to not stress my hip. I don't have a real bad pain but it quickly goes away after the first few steps.

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Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 18

I have ankylosing spondylitis. For several years I had pain in my groin and limped severely. Due to not having medical insurance, I was unable to get medical help other than NSAIDs. Six months prior to surgery I did have an x-ray which showed mild arthritis. Finally, after I got on Medicare I was able to have an MRI which showed severe osteoarthritis, several labral tears and a cyst on the head. I was quickly scheduled for surgery for a total knee replacement. The thing that I discovered while being educated prior to the surgery was the pain chart. Prior to the surgery my pain level was consistently an 8. I could barely sleep at night and had no pain meds. After surgery I was amazed that the pain level with meds was so low. I have never since (with or without medicines) had a pain level greater than 3. I am so grateful to my surgeon and medical team for supporting me and making my life full again. It has been 10 weeks and I look forward to leading an active life without pain.

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Comment from: CC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I had a total hip replacement one week ago in August 2013. So far the hip has been amazing. No grinding pain in my hip. In fact, no pain at all other than what you would expect from the survival site itself. Today I walked two blocks with just a cane and a friend to watch me. No pain. My leg feels longer than the other but I am sure that is swelling. I feel great! Do your research on the surgery AND on your doctor's record of success/failure before ever signing up. Your doctor should have hundreds of successful surgeries behind him/her. Don't be afraid to ask.

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Comment from: hunter, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I am a 68-year-old male and had been suffering from excruciating pain in my pelvic area for seven months. On 8/1/13 I had a total hip replacement (THR). I spent 3 days in the hospital and then went to a rehab facility, which I feel was very important to my rehab. After two weeks at rehab, I came home on a walker. Three weeks post-operation I was on a cane, and a month post operation I am walking 2 miles a day unassisted and pain-free. I couldn't be happier with my new hip and wish I had the operation done months ago.

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Comment from: ruth, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had a total hip replacement; I have had nothing but pain. The replacement was done 2010. I had all kinds of test and x-rays but they could find anything wrong.

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Comment from: Constance, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 24

I had total hip surgery on May 31st, 2013, on the left hip. I followed doctor's orders to a T, but had popping and sublexation after 2 weeks. My doctor advised to just continue building up muscle. 6 weeks into post-op I had a huge pop and intense release of pressure in my hamstring, and continued sublexation. Now I am unable to do the things I was doing 3 weeks after the surgery due to muscle pain and sublexation. I am laid up for 20 days now. Unable to walk or lift my leg. My doctor doesn't want to operate, but I am so disconcerted and in great pain. I'm afraid my hip is going to dislocate and/or freeze up. Getting surgery was the worst mistake.

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Comment from: Happy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

After more than three years of being totally immobile, I had total hip replacement on my left leg. The first time I got out of bed in the hospital I was so happy to be pain free (on one side!) I asked him to do the right leg. I had to wait three months to have the right leg done and could not be happier. There are no restrictions and no pain with the new anterior approach. If I get stiff at all I grab the dog and go for a walk. It all depends on choosing the right surgeon. Both legs are the same length. I just passed my one- year post-op exam with flying colors! I am still feeling more confidence and strength daily. I have spoken to people who have had replacement before the anterior surgery was available and there seems to be so many restrictions – I'm glad I had the new surgery. You can remain independent. Go for it!

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