Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

Please describe your total hip replacement experience.

Comment from: rodoyoung, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 11

Total right hip replacement, dislocated after 3-1/2 weeks, another surgery because replacement did not fit, extended neck. Three weeks later fracture in head of femur was found. After 8 weeks of brace and months of physical therapy, now 9 months later, I still have pain on walking. Other hip needs replacement, is very painful, but perhaps I need to find another surgeon.

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Comment from: PK, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 09

I broke my left hip in a fall when in 2006 and had a hip rebuild then to fix it. I recovered nicely in about a year, regaining full function in 3 years. At about 6-8 years post-operation I noticed more fatigue, but continued an active lifestyle, being a water aerobics instructor. Then all of a sudden in Fall 2014, I could not walk and was in intensive pain which got worse and worse till I was in a wheelchair a lot and finally had a total hip replacement in April, 2014. They also removed the previous repair of plates and screws and burred down the bone a lot to find a good place to put the prosthesis. Initially, I felt great and I could see I had a great new joint. My doctor kept me on a walker for 6 plus weeks because of balance issues and not wanting me to fall and damage very osteoporotic bones. I am now 10 weeks post operation and noticed as I started full weight bearing, that I developed a thigh pain and swelling, just below the surgical site, that gets worse with walking and weight bearing activities or physiotherapy. Water aerobics seems okay, but I am exhausted a lot when I try to exercise/build up strength. I am now 60 years old, generally very active, and having trouble with the building back strength and stamina part of my recovery. It seems much slower than it should be to me. I am a bit discouraged with this set back in my recovery.

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Comment from: Sean K, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 16

After about a year of constant pain in my right hip I broke down and went to see a specialist and was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in both hips. So three years ago I had my first total hip replacement (THR). I will preface this by saying that I was a former college athlete and although 50 lb. overweight I was still pretty active working out 3 days a week. I went in on a Thursday, came home on Saturday. I had my first in home therapy on the first Monday. By Friday I was riding a stationary bike and the following day I walked on the football field and never used a crutch again. I would say it took about 6 weeks for the surgery pain to go away and about 6 months for range of motion. But I probably have 95% motion no pain and it was an easier recovery then a knee scope I had in 1987.

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Comment from: krashen, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I had my total hip replacement (THR) last January and I am happy to return to my work again. I had THR because of femoral neck fracture. At first I hesitated to have the operation because I was young but now I am enjoying normal activity after 1 year of walking with aid. THR is one of the most successful operations, just choose the best doctor in your place and ask for the best material that lasts.

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Comment from: dinky111, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 21

I had total hip replacement in November. I have had severe pain in hip/groin area when I move a certain way. The doctor took x-ray and says all looks perfect. He does not know why I am having pain. I had a shot in the area 2 weeks ago and no change. It doesn"t hurt to walk, just when I move my leg a certain way. I can"t live like this and don"t know what to do next!

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Comment from: Dave, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had total hip replacement (THR) of left hip in March this year. I was in hospital for 2 days without any problems. The relief of being able to move without that horrible pre-operation pain was fantastic. I was on 2 crutches for a few days, then 1, then after 2 weeks none. Sure I walked slowly and very carefully, but can get about pretty well now after 8 weeks. Well worth the procedure, although my left leg is now longer than right! My wife still has to put on my left sock though.

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Comment from: Lee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I had a total hip replacement (THR) on the right, on 24 March (now 4 weeks). I am walking without a crutch now and diligently doing my exercises. My partner now has to remind me to take pain medications as I"m in much less pain than prior to the surgery. Five days ago I travelled from on holiday - 2 flights and a total of 10 hours flying. I made sure I got up at least once an hour on the flights. All went well and apart from needing regular rest a couple of times each day I am mostly able to participate in the holiday activities. This is all despite 2 subluxations (hip "popping" out without actually dislocating) twice on day 3 (the day I came home from hospital). I cannot emphasize enough the need to be careful and take care not to overdo it! It was a very timely lesson for me in patience.

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