Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Rehab Experience

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Comment from: jerry P, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: February 05

My wife had total hip replacement. She has Alzheimer's disease. The doctor never gave me any instructions on how to care for her. Rehabilitation center did therapy and she was walking with help. She was kicked out of that rehabilitation center. Mover her to a memory care home where therapy did not get started for 2 weeks. Therapy started and stopped; they said it won't help. Now she has contractions and her leg won't bed. I have no idea what to do and if therapy will help.

Comment from: Carol Ann , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 30

I had my total hip replacement two weeks ago. First week I was ok, had to take very little pain medicines. This week is another story. They want you up and walking around which I did. Maybe I caused it myself because I had to be in the courtroom for a drunk driving trial where my nephew was killed by a drunk driver. This week I am experiencing cramp like feelings in my hip joint. I wonder if this is normal. I also have pain in my back and ribs.

Comment from: Kevin, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

My total hip replacement operation was carried out on 8th November, 2018 at a local private hospital. The problems were a water infection caused by the catheter then even though I followed the instructions, also wearing those green compression socks, my leg swelled. After the 3rd Doppler scan deep vein thrombosis, blood clot was found. Then they wanted me to see the hematologist and the consultant there was annoyed as the problem should have been treated earlier.

Comment from: Helkhoury, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 11

I am 45. I had total hip replacement anterior approach. I am almost 6 weeks and still have pain and some swelling in thigh. Original avascular necrosis pain is gone, so this must be surgical. I also woke up from surgery with a dislocation that remained unknown for 24 hours. Maybe connected. I have been through so much with this surgery I am scared the hip won't work right. I am still walking with a crutch as advised by surgeon, using exercise bike for physiotherapy, as well as lifting leg, etc. It feels a little loose in the joint.

Comment from: bbmix, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 21

I had total hip replacement in May this year. Up till October all was going well. I did all the physiotherapy required and nothing that I was not to do. An ideal patient I guess. I have now a few problems. Where my scar is, the whole part of my bottom has caved right in and is sore. I also get these sharp pains in my leg going down to my knee, and nobody has mentioned this is post-operative problem. If I touch my scar it is sore, as is the side of my leg.

Comment from: Machen, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: May 21

Five days after total hip replacement my leg is 20 percent swollen. I am not sure if this is common.

Comment from: Golfer 79, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: December 18

My husband had anterior right hip replacement October 2018. It has now been just over 3 months since surgery. He is in constant pain; definitely feels something is the matter. The last orthopedic visit resulted in the doctor telling him to come back in January 2019. Hopefully they will do an MRI to see what the problem is. Pain comes into the groin area and if he twists his thigh area. I wonder if the inserted shaft and ball could be the wrong size.

Comment from: bandit, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

Wow, I have been reading some comments here. If I had before, I might have cancelled my total hip replacement. I must be very lucky. I was up walking 4 hours after surgery with a walker. Physiotherapy (PT) had me on stairs too. I had lots of swollen area and some pain between the hip and knee, but that was it. I was out of hospital the next day, it's been 1 week since I started PT. I am using cane, but can get around (slow) with no aids. No pain medicines when I got home, except OTC stuff. I'm 63, 235 lb., and in good shape for an old almost retired mailman. Good luck.

Comment from: Melissa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had my hip replacement on May 2nd 2018 and I'm still having trouble walking without a limp. I do my physical therapy twice a week plus I exercise at home. I wonder how long it takes before you can walk without pain and walk without a limp again, the purpose of my getting a hip replacement was so I could walk. I'm finding I'm having the same symptoms with a new hip.

Comment from: Coach/Trainer, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 27

I had my hip replaced June 13, 2017. During my post operation appointment the physician's assistant ran his finger on my incision and the finger went into the incision. Three days later on July 17th I had surgery for infection. I did my stretching and exercises. I have two training degrees and three training certification and understand physiotherapy and recovery. I have had three injections and on May 3, 2018 I will have a psoas release surgery. I am not sure why I have had the challenges but the doctor doing the surgery is part of a research group looking into why so many patients have the release surgery. My professional opinion is for those who wait years as I did and deal with the pain are more likely to have complications that end in a psoas release surgery.

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Comment from: jultaylor, 65-74 (Patient) Published: January 12

It's been 5 weeks since I had the posterior approach total hip replacement surgery. I spent 4 days in the hospital and was discharged to a sub-acute rehabilitation center where I spent an additional 20 days. Following surgery I had some issues with plummeting blood pressure, combined with the fact that I live alone, which caused my team to be concerned about a potential fall risk, so my health care team recommended that I not be discharged home. Knowing that I was safe and being monitored was tremendously helpful for my recovery, mentally and emotionally. I had daily physiotherapy (PT) at the rehab center and will begin outpatient PT next week. I'm taking my time and listening to my body.

Comment from: stopthepain, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: December 16

Mom nearly 91 years of age had hip replacement approximately 1 or 2 weeks ago, and has been in excruciating pain ever since. She was judged a good candidate for the surgery which went fine. She had no choice, since she was experiencing pain prior to surgery and couldn't move her legs. She still cannot move her legs and is barely able to lift her foot off the ground. Any slight touch makes her scream with pain. She is at an excellent hospital. She is being medicated with a strong pain reliever, but nothing seems to help. Interestingly, when not moving the lower part of her body she is able to eat, talk, and has good color. Her mind is still very active and alert. But she cannot walk or move her legs almost at all and certainly not without extreme pain.

Comment from: QuiltWoman, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 26

I had total hip replacement with anterior approach on 7/27 morning and up on the walker later that day. I had been a regular at the gym for classes until hip pain got too bad, but continued with water exercise and that made my recovery so much easier. I was home the next day, minimal pain and only Tylenol after five days. Discharged from physical therapy at home after four sessions over two weeks. Now, at four weeks, don't need the cane but take it for safety when I walk laps at the gym. Feels great!

Comment from: Norm, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 15

I had a total left hip replacement last September 29th. I only spent 2 days and one night in hospital. I used a walker for a couple of weeks and then a cane for a couple of more weeks after that. I am back to driving and regular activities shortly thereafter. Only lasting problem is squatting down and then getting back up without grabbing onto something. I took physical therapy for a few weeks but honestly don't think it did much good. I am trying my own exercise program now of just squatting down and then 'willing' myself back-up without any assistance. It seems to be working slowly. All in all I am glad I had the replacement.

Comment from: Momo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 19

I had anterior total hip replacement 4 weeks ago today. I was in the hospital 24 hours. I walked with a walker 3 hours after the surgery and next day before going home they had me walk with a cane and up and down 15 stairs. I got home and took 2 Tylenols. I had almost no pain, I only had burning around the incision. Two weeks post operation I was able to walk without the cane. Since I did not take narcotics I was allowed to drive after 2 weeks, since it was my left hip and I do the driving only with my right leg. I think having a good surgeon that only does anterior hip replacement is the right way to go. I had to travel 40 plus miles to have this done; worth the trip. Now if I walk too much I get a soreness on my thigh but the doctor says it's been only 4 weeks and probably that will be gone by 8 weeks. I hope this helps somebody make the right decision.

Comment from: Glenda, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I had total hip replacement on March 15, 2016. The surgery went great and the pain I had before is totally gone. I went back to work at 6 weeks with no problem. My problem is that now I have a deep aching pain at the site of the incision. The surgeon said he thinks it's the muscle and will get better with time. It's been nearly five months now and it's still there. It hurts at night and when I get up from sitting or lying down. I didn't go through the pain of the surgery only to end up with this pain.

Comment from: Cutecarol1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I had both hips replaced and my left one twice due to an infection. It was a pocket of strep infection. So I'm at a year out from having the second put in twice. I'm having all kinds of pain again. I am having trouble with walking. This has been awful for me. I have one of the best doctors in town, but no bedside manner. I don't want to go back to him. I'm at a loss. I am wondering if I have more infection or maybe in a couple of my falls if I have done something.

Comment from: Pam, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Since last July total hip replacement surgery for hip that popped out, I have not been able to walk without a walker. My right hip had a bone over the main bone. I can lift my left leg but can't control my walk without limping. I have been to 4 rehabilitations with no luck in walking normal.

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Comment from: jpendrak, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 04

I had been having pain for the past two years in my right hip. I received a new one on July 9, 2014. After the hip replacement surgery the pain was gone. I was able to walk with the help of a walker and went to a cane in two weeks. I've been doing the physiotherapy every day and see improvement every day. I know everyone is different but I would encourage everyone to look into replacement surgery to improve the quality of life. There is a lot to see and do out there.

Comment from: puttrlaid928, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 01

Has been 3 weeks since my surgery and the wound site is still draining - a slightly yellow tinted, odorless fluid. It requires dressing (bandage) to be changed daily, and there is leakage in clothing and bedding. I don't know it is normal.

Comment from: Me, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

My surgeon prescribed physiotherapy (PT) after my first total hip replacement; it has caused problems since day one. My second total hip replacement has been great, no PT prescribed at all until today when I almost called for help it hurt so badly. My surgeon is not to blame it's the device.

Comment from: Metro, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 02

I had total hip replacement surgery on May 20th, 2015. I was discharged from the hospital, on May 22nd, 2015 walking! First time in 5 years no hip pain! A totally remarkable success thus far. I am ecstatic I can scarcely contain myself. One down one 2 go. Not the least bit apprehensive. It's just been all good. Thank you so much orthopedic staff!

Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 15

I had total hip replacement on November 13, 2013. It's been two months of pain free movement, only the scar tissue pain left. I am not using any walking aids now and still have a bit of a limp yet. I expect to be back to work in three more months doing physical labor, pain free.

Comment from: Ann, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 09

I had total hip replacement 2 years ago and this year it popped out twice in 5 weeks, I don't know the cause. I am prone to clots and also have heart trouble. The doctor said I must have another hip replacement but his concern is my previous history as I also have cancer.

Comment from: tommy, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I had bone to bone contact in both hips, I could hardly walk with two canes. I had (R) hip replaced June 25 2013 now waiting for surgery on the (L) hip about Nov. The day after surgery Doc came in and said how are you I said ready to go home. He said ok, I said that was easy. You pretty much rely on ice bags and pain pills for 3 weeks. I'am not doing P T until I get the next surgery.

Comment from: Geno, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 18

In April of 1988, I underwent THR of the right hip. Avascular necrosis was the reason that I had been walking in pain since 1975, when the pain was first noticed on a grand scale. After the operation, I was in the hospital for a day and a half. then I went home and was visited by a nurse for about two weeks, used a walker and cane until June. I was back at work as a bartender in early July. In 1990, I began doing Chinese Internal Gong Fu (Taijiquan, various modes of Qigong and Xing-I) The pain has not returned and I walk normally for the past 25 years. I still am a Gong Fu practitioner and am grateful to the surgeon who did the operation 25 years ago.

Comment from: Tammy, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 03

I had a total hip replacement two weeks ago. I saw my doctor yesterday and he informed me that the rod he placed in my hip has been pushed further into the bone then it should have been. I am concerned and wonder what this means.

Comment from: LELANDPOND, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

I've had both hips replaced 15 years ago. The pain before surgery was terrible. They had me up and walking the morning after surgery. To me, it was miraculous. Therapy and to re-build the quad muscle took some time. I consider myself to be a very lucky person.

Comment from: Marine 113, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I'm a 42-year-old man and had a total hip replacement in December of 2012. It has been 3 months since the surgery and I still have severe groin pain. I have trouble lifting my leg up in a marching motion. It's very frustrating. I am an active duty Marine with more than 15 years of experience. With this pain, I don't think I will be able to finish my career. Now the left hip is starting to give me the same pain. I just want to get these hips fixed so that I can get back to living a normal life as much as possible.

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