Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

Please describe your Total Hip Replacement experience.

Comment from: Granny, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had a total hip replacement Nov. 4, 2008. My recovery was surprising, which I credit to four years of working out at a gym, weight lifting, and using various lower-body machines. My quads were like rocks. I am a woman, 75 years old. I was walking without aid after two weeks, but used a cane outside as a safety precaution. I did physical therapy on my own for several weeks and followed the prescribed precautions. After six weeks, I was back on my treadmill doing about 20 to 30 minutes. Getting the sock on my right foot is still difficult. It's still stiff, and the muscle is sore at times.

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Comment from: Gail, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

In March, I had the right hip replaced. I spent three days in the hospital, seven days in rehab, and then a few weeks of home physical therapy. In May, I danced at my friend's wedding. I had very little pain; it was a wonderful experience. I guess having osteoarthritis was more painful than whatever they did to my bones. Dec. 1, I had the left one replaced. Again, I spent three days in the hospital. (The second surgery is so much easier.) This time, I had a slight problem with constipation followed by diarrhea that caused them to get me back in the hospital after three days of rehab for another three-day stay whereupon they hydrated me. I made up the three days I lost in the hospital at rehab and was home after eight days. I'm doing home rehab, and I'm doing very well. Take heart and don't read all the negative stories. It's a real blessing.

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Comment from: Lucy, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 04

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.

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Comment from: NancyPrudhomme2, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I had total right hip replacement surgery in October. It was a very painful experience, but I came home from the hospital the day after surgery. After getting home my doctor had a home health nurse and therapist come to my home 2 days a week and that helped. After the 2nd week following my surgery I went back to my doctor and had staples removed. It felt really great. I didn't stay down at all because to move is to heal. After getting off the walker I went to the cane which is where I am now, I did have a problem sleeping in bed, so spent 2 weeks sleeping in my recliner due to the pain but I will have to say the overall experience was great because I no longer have the terrible pain in my hip that I had, had for 7 years. So if you are having a lot of pains don't think twice about getting total hip replacement because you won't regret it.

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

After my total hip replacement surgery one leg is longer than the other.

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

I had a left total hip replacement on July 9, 2013. I am thankful I always worked out at the gym. I just turned 61 the week after surgery. I am a registered nurse and was back to work in 6 weeks. I feel the physical therapy is the utmost importance and to continue even if you never worked out before. I also believe the mind has to believe this new part is a part of you. No pain, however, a little numbness where the incision is but that will heal in time.

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Comment from: dancing queen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had a total right hip replacement July 2013. Surgery was performed first thing in the morning - I was home by 1pm the next day! It took a couple of days for anesthesia to wear off. I did take the pain medication as prescribed but did not need it after the 3rd day. Used the walker/cane for the first 4 days; by the 5th post op day I was using no walking aid. Heeding what the physical and occupational therapists tell you is crucial. I was in good physical shape prior to surgery, so that has helped. Surgeon has said to listen to my body as a guide to activity...will start with walking more and increasing the exercises that strengthen my right thigh muscles. I hope to be dancing again after 8 weeks!

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