Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Candidate and Causes

What caused you to need a total hip replacement?

Comment from: janeprowler, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

Birth defect caused me to require a hip replacement. The bone at the top was acorn shaped instead of round causing it to wear through my hip bone over many years.

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Comment from: HappyHips, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I am on my 5th post-op left hip replacement day. I've had problems with my left hip for about 30 yrs. My right hip started acting up about 5 years ago. I began a strict exercising routine last Sept, which made my hips deteriorate faster. I was born with hip dysplasia which predisposed me to osteoarthritis. My sockets are too shallow. I'm walking with my walker and following all the instructions my doctor says. My doctor from Los Angeles is a hip revision specialist and did my mom's 3rd hip replacement last year at age 82; she did great! He fixes the mistakes of other ortho surgeons. I went to him from the start. I had a minimally invasive posterior approach and feel pretty darn good! Looking forward to getting my right hip done later this year! Being fit and healthy play an important role in your recovery, so take care of yourself.

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Comment from: seajwolf, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 15

I decided to get a THR after experiencing excruciating pain after sitting on any hard surface for more than a minute. While I had been sleeping on a memory foam mattress and using NCIDS for several years this is the pain that was most disturbing to me.

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Comment from: keegansmom, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had a total hip replacement in 2008 when I was only 22. It was a traumatic experience for me. It took me 6 months to be able to walk normally and I put on 70 pounds also because of not being able to be physically active like before my surgery. I was diagnosed with hip displasia. When I was born the doctor pulled me out of my mother and pulled my hip out of socket. The doctor popped it back into place. My parents started to see problems when I started walking and I had to go through several surgeries as a small child. Then at 22 I had to get that hip replaced. I bought an elliptical a few months ago and I have noticed a big change. The elliptical is low impact on your joints. Since then I have lost about thirty pounds and the muscles around my hip are much stronger. I slipped in the kitchen last week, usually that would injure my hip but since those muscles are strong I was able to get right back up. This prosthesis won't ever be the same as an original hip, but I am doing everything I can to make the best of it. I was in severe pain after the surgery, the pain meds weren't helping, I then found out I had been having muscle spasms. If I ever have hip pain I have to take a muscle relaxer, that fixes it, I guess my main problem has been when the muscles are weak around my hip. I still have muscle spasms, but not nearly as much since I have been using the elliptical.

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Comment from: coolmom359, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

My total hip replacement wasn't a choice I could make! I am a 57 year old lady truck driver and fell when getting out of my truck and broke my right hip. The pain was awful! I am on my 3rd week after the surgery and it's still painful, I am walking with a quad cane very successfully. Not sure if I will ever be qualified to drive a big truck again but sure hope so!

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Comment from: Amy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I had a left hip replacement 4 1/2 weeks ago and continue to do a lot of walking and home exercises. I can't tell you how happy I am that the pain of the hip before surgery has decreased to nothing as I continue to exercise. My doctor has done over 1700 hip replacements and has had good results on almost all of them. It is not a hard surgery and well worth it.

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Comment from: kefsgrandma, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

I had very bad arthritis in my left hip which made it very difficult to walk without being in pain. I had hip replacement surgery done January 18, 2011. I am almost 2 months after surgery and I am walking great with a cane. I have a limp if I don't use the cane. Still doing pt. leg aches at night behind the knee and down the thigh where the incision is. Feels better to be walking. Gets stiff if I sit for awhile. Seems like that side of my buttocks is still swollen. First two weeks were not a walk in the park. I hated being on the Oxycodone because of the way it made me feel, but the pain relief it gave me was great. I had never taken anything stronger than a Tylenol.

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