Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

Please describe your total hip replacement experience.

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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Comment from: Anne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I had a total hip replacement (THR) almost 5 years ago and it has been perfect. I spent 5 nights in hospital, my rehabilitation was walking with crutches and after a month using the hydrotherapy pool in town. I am about to have my second hip replaced, am so sick of the pain and unable to do the things I used to do.

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Comment from: Trey C., 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 11

I"m a 38 year old male. I had a total right hip replacement 2 weeks ago. The pain started for me a year ago. I was very serious and heavy into the gym. I was going pretty heavy on legs. What I thought was a pulled groin, turned out to be the ball part of the hip socket crumbling. It got to a point where I could hardly walk. I saw a specialist for the 3rd time. X-ray showed the damage, very nasty X-ray. I had the surgery 3 weeks after. I started walking with a walker the very next day. I"m two weeks out now and am very concerned with the swelling I still have. It seems the new hip sits out further than my original one. When looking in the mirror, it just looks abnormal from my left one. I know I still have some more healing to do.

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Comment from: Basketgal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

On March 10, I had a total hip replacement (THR). Everything was great and I was getting around wonderful. Eleven days later my right hip dislocated, it was the most horrible pain. I went to the hospital and the doctor put it back in place, I spent the night and went home. The very next evening, the same hip dislocated again and I had then to repeat the same thing. My doctor then decided to take me back in and revise the original THR, it"s been three weeks today and I am at the very beginning again. Very discouraged at this point, the pain from the surgeries and the dislocations have been trying! The burning pain in my thigh is so intense! Hopefully, this will I improve!

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Comment from: BrettJ, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 26

I"m a 34 year old male. I had a total left hip replacement a week ago after almost five years of unbearable pain. Only now do I realize how much pain I was in. I was discharged after two days and the difference is indescribable. The pain is gone! Even the pain around the operative site is minimal. I had a cementless implant via the AMIS method and am thankful to be able to say that I was in the hands of a truly skilled surgeon. If you are considering getting a THR my advice is to do your homework and choose your surgeon carefully!

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Comment from: Bob, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 13

After 3 years of pain that I thought was from my (all messed up) back, I had a total right hip surgery in the beginning of 2014. It took a few weeks for the new hip to settle down, but has felt and worked flawlessly since. My right leg is (as near as my therapist can tell) about 3/8" longer than my original (left). I level out with a small pad in my left shoe. My old hip has caused most of my pain since the surgery, but checks out fine when x-rayed. I was told that a lot of this is because I put the surgery off too long. This happened to someone else I know of whose original hip finally straightened out and now is fine. I used a walker about 10 days, then a cane for a few weeks after that. I tried to hit golf balls 7 weeks after surgery. The new hip is great, old hip made it way too painful to play. I followed my chiropractor's advice and worked with a personal trainer for about five weeks prior to surgery. I wish that I hadn't waited so long.

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