Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Candidate and Causes

What caused you to need a total hip replacement?

Published: December 27

I am a 52 year old man with arthritis and had a total hip replacement. I am a big guy weighing about 280 lbs but always exercised and worked out. I was walking with the aid of a walker the night of the surgery and after a two night stay in the hospital was released on the third day. At that time I was walking with only a cane and on the fourth day post op I was driving and walking around my house without a cane. Of course I have surgical pain and am doing physical therapy exercises but the preoperational joint pain is gone. I am on 6.5 mg a day of Warfarin to achieve the necessary PTINR level of 2.0 in my blood. I think the sooner you get up and about, carefully, the better will be the recovery. From what I hear, those that heal in a more sedentary state tend to develop issues and have longer recovery. I should have had the surgery years ago and would tell anyone to get the surgery if it is affecting your quality of life.

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Comment from: Wells Fargo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 30

As a retired person I play a lot of golf and for a year before my hip operation had suffered a lot of pain, both when playing golf and just walking. After referral to a consultant X-rays and a further consultation it transpires I have congenital hip dysplasia in both hips though the left hip shows as worse on the X-rays but gives me no trouble. Since the operation I have had no pain at all.

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Comment from: lerf848, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I have had both hips replaced. The first one was nine years ago, and the other one was almost three months ago. I have been told that I can never take a tub bath again. The cause was shallow hip sockets that resulted in bone-on-bone pain.

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Comment from: 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I was 18 when I had my first THR (Right). I had suffered from lower back pain and pain radiating down my legs. I was a freshman in college when I started having groin pain. Went to the hospital because the pain got to the point where I would scream in pain when I moved my leg. The doctor there told me that I had pulled muscles. Gave me some pain pills and muscle relaxers, told me to use crutches and sent me on my way. The pills ran out a month later and the pain was still there. Went back to my family Dr who said that I had tendonitis in my back and leg, but she gave me Prednisone. The pills took a lot of the pain away but I still couldn't walk without crutches. After about 4 months of the pain getting worse and worse, to the point where I could barely sit on the toilet and get up, she sent me to an orthopedic surgeon who told me that I needed a THR. I had the right one done on April 5, 2010, then on October 20, 2010 I had my left hip replaced. After almost a year of knowing something has been wrong with me, I finally found a Dr who could diagnose me. I have Ankylosing Spondylitis.

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Comment from: Grandmother, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 19

In May of 2004, I had a THR of the left hip. One day later, the device failed and a revision was done. After the revision, I was on bed rest for two days. On the third day after the revision, the device dislodged causing unbearable pain. I was treated with a morphine drip for another week until I could have a third surgery. This surgery included the THR and a reconstruction procedure. My recuperation took more than a year. I walked with a cane for four years, which wore out the right hip. My right hip was replaced in November of 2010. Presently, I'm in outpatient PT and progressing well. My therapist has incorporated the left hip, attempting to strengthen it. I'm looking forward to walking normally again.

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Comment from: Pk1752, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 07

I needed a total hip replacement because I slipped and fell on a patch of ice.

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Comment from: debsbabs, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I had a total hip replacement (right) on 6/26/13. It is now 7/15/13, and I am back to work full time. I do work in an office so it isn't manual labor, which I don't think I could do yet. I am walking without a cane or walker a lot of the time and now am anxious to be able to drive again. I don't see the surgeon until 7/25/13, but I've left a msg with his office to let me know if I can drive since I'm having no problems at all. Please let me drive...

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