Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Experience

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Comment from: DLBDEACON, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 30

After my total hip replacement surgery I had considerable numbness and burning sensation in the thigh below the surgical incision. Over the next month a rash appeared in the same area and then similar rashes occurred in the ankle on the same leg, but also on the ankle on the other (right) leg. I still have these rashes six months after surgery.

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

After anterior total hip replacement, the bottom of my foot hurts, wonder if anyone else is experiencing this. It’s the 3rd month after; I think from finally walking right. Hip pain is totally gone, and that's the good news.

Comment from: Immak53, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I had a wreck when I was 19 and had a plate put in my femur. Well, 30 years later the plate is still there but no ball or socket left, so I needed a total hip replacement. I was told if I didn’t have one then I wouldn’t be able to walk at all. I had it done in 2017 and my leg is shorter than the other, I have these things that move around throughout my leg. I call them water balloons. you can see them under the skin and sometimes they are deep. They are painful. Walking upstairs or ramps is not fun.

Comment from: Melly , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a total hip replacement almost a month ago. I have done well so far but the last few days my hip is swollen below the incision, and there are 2 bumps. And it hurts now when I walk. Maybe this is normal I don’t know. I went to the doctors yesterday and he said swelling was normal but I’m scared. He said I had lymphedema a little but nothing to worry about. Hope he’s right about that.

Comment from: Ani, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I had full hip replacement (right hip) in 2011 at age 54. Recuperation was great, I had no pain, was able to freely move which I had not done in many years. However, driving was always a problem. Lately I go through intense groin pain after driving, I'm back to being stiff, the limp is back and my left knee is shot. Sleeping on the right side triggers pain intense enough to wake me up. I feel I'm back to square one.

Comment from: maria, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: February 07

I had a total hip replacement October 9, 2019. I can walk very well but my hip hurts lots when I raise my leg or getting into the car. I was wondering if this is normal, thank you.

Comment from: CruiseLover, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

I had right total hip replacement at 62 in May. Apparently heat from a cauterizing instrument sent my sciatic nerve into spasm, causing sciatic nerve palsy. This meant the peroneal nerve in lower leg won't function, my foot/leg is half numb, and I have no dorsiflexion (where you lift the foot at the ankle). Doctor says this has never happened in her 30 plus years of practice (lucky me), could take 6 months to a year to heal. Hip healed great, but I can't drive or work. I am having physiotherapy and acupuncture... hoping.

Comment from: Dennis c, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 15

I had my right hip replaced in 2015, which came loose and got infected. I had to have that replaced in 2016 and I was on antibiotics for 9 months. My hip was cold and numb for 3 years, and left my right knee in a lot of pain. I have been passed around from doctor to doctor. I have just been told I am infection clear and now my hip as started getting red hot, I don’t know why. My doctor is not interested.

Comment from: Tt, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 13

I had a total hip replacement 6 months ago and have gone to physical therapy twice and my hip is still hurting at night. When I go to bed if I lay on the side that the operation was, I have pain within 5 to 10 minutes later. I don't know what's going on, that's on my right hip. I had my left hip done 2 years ago with no pain. I used the same doctor. My right leg is shorter than my left. I feel I need to see a lawyer, I don't know what else to do.

Comment from: jam, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I went through anterior total hip replacement in 2010 at 72 and lived with almost 9 years of complications: shorter leg which caused knee to worsen, femoral nerve damage, and the right side of my body from knee up is numb, and iliotibial band damage. The surgeon came highly recommended but I think he slept through my surgery. I do have regrets as I dread what has happened and I'll be 81. No more surgeries.

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Comment from: Thankful, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 16

I had total hip replacement 5 months ago. l was an outpatient and I am doing great. I had a great surgeon. Just be sure about your doctor, this is so important. I suffered terribly for 5 months, and now I am pain free thanks to a great surgeon.

Comment from: Gill m, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: July 08

My dad had a total hip replacement almost 2 weeks ago. He had extensive swelling to his leg and still has a dead leg feeling and has to elevate his leg manually. He had a nerve block not general anesthetic. I wonder if anyone else has experienced the dead leg feeling after 10 plus days.

Comment from: Ellie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

I had a total hip replacement 8 months ago, and have had ongoing problems ever since despite every effort to make a full recovery. I have constant cramps warm sensations under my foot, my foot to upper leg changes color, and when I have my knee up my whole leg goes numb. This is not normal! Who is responsible for this continuous trauma I'm experiencing! Wonder if anybody else has had this problem.

Comment from: Angela, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 23

I’ve had 5 hip operations and going in to get another on Tuesday, to stop it dislocating, as the last two were what they call 2 phase hip revisions with PICC line for 6 weeks to get rid of an infection that frankly was missed by a specialist! I dislocated twice with temporary hip and twice with custom made implant... absolutely the worst pain ever! At this stage he hopes by lengthening stem he can stop it coming out. I hope this works as this whole hip replacement experience has been mentally and physically horrible.

Comment from: Tambob, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 19

It's almost a year now since I've had my hip replaced! I am still in pain, still can't walk, and still can't do normal activities without extreme pain. They keep telling me I need to build the muscle, trust me, I've been building the muscle. I really believe that they did something wrong during the surgery and will not admit it! Doctors stick together. Nobody will give me an answer to what is going on. I have always been extremely active and independent and this is taking my life away!

Comment from: janis, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 18

After having first hip replacement in 2014 which forced me to take early retirement after 40 years of nursing at the age of 61 due to immobility despite exercise, I had to have the other hip replaced nearly a year ago. Now my mobility is terrible, I have sore lower back and am limping badly which makes me very sore and wondering if the surgery was worth it!

Comment from: MarksWench , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I had a total hip replacement just over 2 weeks ago and it has been a total blessing. I had what they call the anterior procedure, was up and walking around the following day, then home on day 2.

Comment from: Lonnamay, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I had total left hip replacement 4/12/18 after a hard fall on cement. I had quite a bit of pain for the first 8 weeks, but then it subsided and I was walking normal except my balance being off. Five months later it dislocated, the emergency room was able to get it back in place, but then now at 11 months post-surgery it dislocated again. Horrible experience, and am planning on surgery this month where my surgeon will put a liner constraint in. I wonder if anyone has ever heard of this. Thanks.

Comment from: Limpylou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had posterior hip replacement 3 years ago. And the only time I've been without pain was right after surgery. I had extreme swelling after surgery and was put on a steroid. I limp, my lower back hurts, my knee stings and I can barely get out of the car or my chair at work. Will I ever be close to normal again! Very disappointed!

Comment from: Caver69, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: March 22

I am 3 weeks post total hip replacement anterior right. Reading others comments I feel fortunate. Occasional Tylenol, some upper thigh numbness, but walking and doing stairs just fine, albeit a little instability after rising from sitting 1 plus hour or more. I was concerned my pre-surgery sciatica might be returning and came here to see others’ comments.

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Comment from: Lucky, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 20

I had a right hip replacement in November last year but still unable to walk without sticks as I have sharp pain in my thigh while walking. I have not been given physiotherapy except ultrasound and TENS. I have been doing my own exercises every day since the operation but no improvement. I am now having pain in my left thigh and stiffness in both legs after sitting a while.

Comment from: Teresa D, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 28

I'm a 51 year old female. I had my first total hip replacement in July of 2018. It was the greatest experience. I healed and have little to no pain. My 2nd was in October 2018. It was harder but got better, but about 3 weeks ago I started feeling stiffness and am struggling to put my socks and shoes on. I have groin pain, pain when I get in and out of the car, stiffness in my side by the incision site and my thigh. I can hardly lift my leg. It also hurts to sleep on my operated side. But since a few nights ago the pain is in my right side also.

Comment from: Concerned, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

My total hip replacement surgery was on 12/4/18. They replaced the ball/stem and put titanium in the socket. I did great and was back to work in a week for 1/2 day. Now 10 weeks out, I seem to have more tenderness on the top of my leg then I did 7 weeks out. I am experiencing some pain in my groin again. I’m afraid it will never be what I was told. I’m concerned but all I can do is give this time. Hoping for a miracle healing. I’m thankful for our doctors but they are as we are... human!

Comment from: Steve, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 04

I had a total hip replacement (THR) on my right hip at age 43 in June 2016, after an arthroscopy in November 2015 to remove bone spurs and repair a torn labrum had no benefit and arthritic pain got worse. Ever since my THR I had pain my knee which made getting up from a chair and walking upstairs difficult, and now over 2 years later I am at a point where the pain in my knee and hip area is worse than pre-surgery and I walk with a permanent limp and cannot walk upstairs without supporting myself. I regret having my THR.

Comment from: Rita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 28

I had a right hip revision 4 weeks ago. For a few days I felt pretty good but after walking with a cane last week around the house, by evening, I wasn't able to walk even with the walker. The pain was terrible when I put weight on the operated hip. The CT scan showed some fluid in the hip area but the doctor doesn't feel this should be causing this much pain. The pain in far worse than before I had the surgery. The doctor doesn't know why either. I'm very concerned that it may not heal.

Comment from: Sammi123, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I had a total hip replacement (THR) at the age of 27 due to having childhood Perthes disease in my hip. I was meant only to have a Birmingham hip which is just a cap fitted on the ball part of the joint. When they began the operation they found there was no ball joint left to put a cap on. So I had a THR done. It has been 12 years now and I have started to get a lot of pain. Yet all x-rays are perfect. I really don't know how older people cope.

Comment from: i am a 63 year old w, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I am a 63 year old woman that used to get a lot of exercise, I walked at least a mile every day, then started hurting so bad I had to quit. I had a total hip replacement on 10-16 last year and healed just fine, I walked without using anything a month later. I got sick and was wheezing too badly for almost two months, but now that’s gone. I’ve been planning and looking forward to getting started walking but now my hip where I had my surgery is hurting very bad and I don’t understand why.

Comment from: Disappointed, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I had anterior hip replacement six weeks back. The left side of my leg from groin to knee is completely numb. The surgeon doesn't know if I will ever regain sensation. The top of my thigh is partially numb but also very tender and painful. I'm still taking opioid medication for the pain. I can hobble around on crutches and I can use a walker but I am otherwise unable to walk. I am devastated by the nerve injury. I have had to take an additional 2 months off work. It's all very disappointing.

Comment from: The counselor, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

I'm an active women, 60 years of age. I had total knee replacements 5 years ago, no problems. I had my right hip replaced 8-15-18, and felt ok, and then 6 weeks post operation my hip replacement popped out; so painful. I went to the emergency room and had it placed back in. The x-rays look fine, but I have increasing pain in my thigh, sometimes the groin area, and my knee is swollen, hurts, and I limp on the leg off and on throughout the day. I have more pain than before hip replacement, but in different areas now.

Comment from: Karen, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 21

I had anterior hip replacement on my right hip 8 weeks ago and I am having severe pain. It hurts worse now than it did before I had surgery. I have followed all exercise routines and take daily walks. It is these walks that kill me. By the time I get back home I can hardly walk or bend over. I am very concerned. I have asked to go to therapy in the hopes this will help. Pain is in my buttock down the side of my leg and into my knee. I cannot sleep at night either.

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

My total hip replacement was completed 3 weeks ago. I have followed all the rules and rested. However, lately I have been getting extremely sharp pains in the incision, which is pretty much healed. It was so bad today that it hurt to sit or walk. It happened while I was sitting at my desk, but it has happened when I sleep. I had to leave work due to the extreme pain. My actual hip does not hurt at all and I usually walk with only a slight limp. The doctor said to ice it.

Comment from: Brian, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 10

It is 7 months since my total hip replacement. I feel really good, only worry is I tried running but it's really hard to. I have no problems walking.

Comment from: Nurse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I had total hip replacement two years ago at 56. I missed 2 weeks and 2 days of work and feel fantastic! Starting to do Pilates again.

Comment from: DWJRN, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 04

I am 3 weeks post total hip replacement via anterior approach, developed severe pain deep within the hip and severe pain on the top of the thigh radiating to my knee. I have been in bed or sofa 22/24. If I squat, walk around the grocery store, a few hours later pain on the top of thigh is excruciating. CT scan is normal. Bone scan suggested loosening of the stem. The doctor has done little and I don’t know what to do. I’m on walker or crutches most of the time.

Comment from: Rahul, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 04

Last year my mother went through total hip replacement. The doctor was good and did the replacement very well and charged me around 22000 rupees (USD 300). But now my mother's ankle is swollen and there is some inflammation in her leg. I asked the doctor but he said it will be gone after some days but it has been 1 year and it is not gone. I wonder if this situation is normal or I have to do something.

Comment from: Cindy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

If you are going to have total hip replacement, please, research your surgeon. I picked the top surgeon and was walking the next day after surgery with minimal pain. I put this off for five years before I got the courage to do it and now I am wondering why I waited so long. I am active at 65 and pain-free.

Comment from: Vern, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I had bilateral hip surgery on November 17. I stayed in the hospital one day and was sent home. Pain level when leaving was 2 to 3. I stopped pain medicines after 2 weeks. I am doing physical therapy 3 times a week with a little discomfort. I am experiencing stiffness when sitting more than an hour but I'm glad I got this done.

Comment from: Paul, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 02

I had total hip replacement on 10/30/81 on the left hip. I got a massive hematoma in my left thigh and a lot of pain and burning. I am unable to sit without significant pain afterwards. I sleep about 3 or 4 hours. I am taking Motrin and Tylenol only for pain but relief is minimal. I am walking now with a cane but very limited distance. I was told hematoma could take 6 months to dissolve (maybe). It was anterior procedure and I was led to believe 4 to 6 weeks maximum recovery time. I am an active 69 year old male. Very disappointed.

Comment from: Raine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had posterior total hip replacement on my right side on 11/16/18. Everything felt pretty normal post operation except my right foot was and still is numb and swollen. Four weeks later I dislocated the same hip. Talk about painful! Doctor said I now pushed recovery back about 3 weeks. So besides being depressed daily I have lack of sleep from swelling, pain and numbness still in right foot. Maybe 2 hours a night with sleep medicines. Swelling is gone down but excruciating. Did not expect this! Nothing helps!

Comment from: Provider, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 24

I had total hip replacement on 10-5-18 and it has been such a slow road. I have continued pain and swelling all the way down my leg. I had revision total knee replacement March 2017, and it has been even more painful and swollen since my hip replacement. My lower leg, and even my ankle is aching. My left side has been through a partial knee replacement in 2016 and complications forced the revision total 8 months later, all the while my hip got worse. I honestly don’t know what to do.

Comment from: Maggie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 20

I had the total hip replacement in November. My big problem is the nerve damage from the spinal block. I have excruciating pain every morning in my thigh. No pain killers seem to touch it. My thigh is really painful to touch. It goes down to my knee. It gets better during the day but I dread the mornings.

Comment from: Howard, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 20

I am a 60-year-old male, and I had total hip anterior replacement on the right side on 11/15/18. I was fine for 18 days and the physical therapy nurse had me doing squats and everything. Then all of a sudden I couldn’t walk at all. I was back in the hospital for 4 days and they say I may have an infection in the hip. I am on an IV drip for three weeks to try to clear out the infection. I wonder if anyone else has had this.

Comment from: thicksie, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 18

I had total right hip replacement on 12/18. Initially I had pain getting in and out of bed, and walking. One year later I still have much pain, still taking oxycodone, and can't seem to take enough to help. I cannot walk a city block, have pain at the hip, tightness, and pain in my calf muscle. I contracted an infection 10 months in and the doctor had to lance the incision and push out fluid. It took 2 months of antibiotics but the infection did go away. However 1 year later I am still experiencing much pain. The doctor doesn't have any explanation.

Comment from: Bravo, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

I had right total hip replacement on 10-16-18 resulting in increased LLD (leg-length discrepancy). Recovery has been super slow and increasingly painful. I have pain in both knees, iliotibial band, sacroiliac joint, lower back, and the surgical side. I cannot walk a block without more pain than pre-surgery. Using cane but walker is most comfortable. Both thumbs and wrists are very sore.

Comment from: Jean, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 13

Ten weeks ago I had total hip replacement surgery. I am 65 years old, and not overweight, and I was extremely active before. I have had many problems with pain medication nausea and dizziness. I still cannot walk, the pain is unbearable. I see the physiotherapist 3 times a week, and am able to do all the exercises but walking unaided is impossible. They do not have an answer for me as to why. I am still at the same stage I was at 3 weeks after the operation, no improvement whatsoever.

Comment from: Nanatotwo2, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a total left hip replacement almost four months ago. I had both the anterior and posterior approach. My hip had bone spurs. I had no pain after surgery and only took Motrin. Physical therapy was uneventful and it helped. About 10 days ago the back of my left thigh started to feel tight. It's hard to walk with or without my cane. I still do my stretches. I'm wondering if this is normal.

Comment from: Notshore, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 12

I had a hip replacement about 3 1/2 years ago. It is 2018 right now. I have never had complete freedom from pain since the replacement. I have constant ache in my back and lower back, and right now my heel is quite swollen. I walk regularly and try to get regular exercise and keep my movement. Quite honestly I’m not so sure that it was worth it. Hard to say.

Comment from: Barbara , 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

It is 23 months since I broke my hip and had full hip replacement. These last couple of weeks I’ve had pain in that area when sitting, not when walking. Feels like the fleshy area is hurting.

Comment from: Pat, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: November 21

It is 8 weeks post total hip replacement today. I never had pain after surgery and never needed pain medicines. I walked unassisted after 2 weeks and walk fine today, about 45 minutes daily. My issue is I cannot do curbs or stairs without holding on to something. I also have spinal stenosis so not sure if it is hip or back preventing me from curb and stairs; plus my whole leg still does not feel like I have full strength back yet.

Comment from: Tfranklin, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I had a total hip replacement on July 31, 2018. I have been having horrible rashes, hives, etc., since 5 weeks post operation. I am at 15 weeks now and it is getting worse. I wonder if anyone has been allergic to their titanium hip replacement. I need help.

Comment from: Tom, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: November 20

I am 63 and I had a bilateral hip replacement (both hips) 24 days back. I believe I had the best doctor. His office gave me mental comfort pre-operation and I call them quite often with questions since I had the operation. I'm doing everything and every exercise they have laid out. I have gone from my walker, two canes to walking again independently. Not to say everything is just great, I still have tightness in my buttock and swelling at the end of the day.

Comment from: Jack , 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 13

I had total hip replacement (THR) on 10/1/2018. I'm 81. It's the right hip. Upon walking I experience awful pain in various areas, such as the groin, thigh, and quad muscles. It seems like the pain travels down to my knee, shin and ankle. I can't us a cane. Only a walker offers some help. My wrists are becoming painful from pressing on the walker. I'm basically a prisoner in my apartment. Six years ago I did THR on my left hip. I was walking freely in one week. After 6 weeks I was expected to have relief.

Comment from: Listen to your body, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I am a 53 year old female. I had total hip replacement of my left hip via the anterior approach on July 27, 2018. I am now 3 months and a week post operation. I had 2 pulmonary embolisms (PE) after the surgery. The orthopedic hospital didn't believe me and sent me home. I took myself to a local emergency room. They did a CT scan and admitted me. I just finished the 3 months of blood thinner and had a follow up CT scan. PEs are gone. I am still doing physical therapy for hip at the second hospital. I am getting stronger weekly. I still have some numbness and a tiny bit of pain near the incision.

Comment from: Tina, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I had a right total hip replacement on 9/11/18 posterior approach. From the time I woke up in the hospital, my knee hurt on the right. I had physical therapy, and went from walker to cane. My surgeon thinks it's my lower back. I had MR which showed moderate degenerative joint disease with some disc bulges. My knee pain is unbearable and I cannot walk without my cane. Feels like my leg will give out.

Comment from: Desertdd, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I broke my femur in 2011 and had a right hip partial replacement with titanium femur part. I got an infection after that, a huge hole where right thigh was infected. Implant didn't work. I had total replacement in 2013. Ball didn't fit and they replaced the ball same year. This is 2018, October, and I am never without pain. Right hip and thigh are sore to touch. Hip and groin area aches constantly. Certain areas are numb. I get shooting pain in other areas of my hip and right leg. Nothing can be done I'm told because of scar tissue from multiple surgeries.

Comment from: Tbryson, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 30

I’m 32 and I had a right hip replacement on October 25. I am experiencing swelling and tightness but I haven’t had a bowel movement and my cycle started today. Maybe this is normal but I’m freaking out and the pain medicine makes me feel crazy.

Comment from: Scarlett, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 25

I have had right total hip replacement in July 2018. My femur broke during surgery. Doctor thought it would heal. Three days later I had a second surgery. I did well with rehabilitation. My incision opened and had to be sutured. It healed, then it opened again, and sutured twice. I still have sutures, should come out in three weeks. I have had no pain. My hip was feeling great. This past week I’ve experienced pain in my hip and I’m limping. Sitting and walking are painful.

Comment from: Tommysun , 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 25

I had the total hip replacement in December. All was good until a few weeks ago. I am having pain in my upper thigh, feels like a deep pain. It is the worst when I take weight off. This is very frustrating. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this.

Comment from: linn, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

I am 69 and had anterior right total hip replacement. I can’t bend over for 30 seconds to pick up sticks, leaves or clean litter boxes. When I straighten up it hurts! I was better than this a month ago. Pain radiates up back on my right side. I’ll try a back support. This discomfort definitely affects my wanting to do all the things that need to be done on my property. Due to pain things get done much slower or put off. I could work outside over 6 hours cutting up trees or brush, mowing, raking.

Comment from: Poppy1, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had total hip replacement of my left hip in November 2013 and I am now in worse paid than before I had it done. It feels like a burning rod is sticking into my backside and no amount of pain killers seem to make any difference. My surgeon has now said there is nothing further he can do and I am very fed up and wish I'd never had it done. I've been for shockwave treatment, acupuncture, nerve root blocks, pain management; you name it, I've tried it but I'm still in exactly the same pain.

Comment from: hiphip horray, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

My total hip replacement went very well. At 2 weeks I was driving, 4 weeks walking without aid of a cane, then I went to physical therapy and it all changed. The therapist had me perform a stretch exercise that was for a knee replacement, now I am back to the walker, in constant pain and very frustrated. Be sure, if you go to therapy, to repeatedly tell them why you are there since this therapist couldn’t remember for me, good luck.

Comment from: Grandy, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 23

I had total anterior hip replacement 10/17/18. I was out of bed in 4 hours. I went home the next day. Pain level in hospital was 2. I took no pain medicines except 1000 mg Tylenol. I walked up and down 2 flights of stairs with the physical therapist before leaving hospital. Three days post operation I am walking with a walker. No pain still, just sore.

Comment from: JOHN, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had both hips replaced and have been happy so far. I had one total hip replacement done 2017, the other in 2018, 3 months later. I also had a lower back surgery in order to have hip surgery. I have little to no pain. I feel for people who have pain but if you are not happy after surgery then I suggest you see another doctor, don’t sit back and accept pain, there is help out there. Research doctors, get help and be as active as possible. Good luck and don't give up, hope this helps someone.

Comment from: David, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 10

I got my total hip replacement on September 10, 2018. I had bad pain 2 days post operation but it dissipated rapidly and no appreciable pain after 5 days. It was anterior approach. My wife had no pain at any time 4 months ago. Our tips are, surgeon’s record is vitally important. Rigorously do pre-operation and post-operation exercises. Have a supportive, knowledgeable coach. Follow post-operative precautions without exception. Stay active even if it’s just getting up and down every 30 minutes.

Comment from: btraynham, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 10

I am a 28 year old female. I had a total hip replacement on my left hip 10.4.18 due to my hip not fully forming while my sister and I were in the womb. I know I’m only 5 days out but I honestly feel like it is never going to get better. I am in constant agonizing pain no matter what I do or take. I wanted the surgery so bad because I have a 14 month old son that we tried for almost 8 years to conceive and I wanted to give him a better life that I could be involved in. But now I just feel like I made the biggest mistake of my life.

Comment from: You, 35-44 (Patient) Published: October 09

I’m 40, 5’11” and 255 pounds, but spent most of my adult life at 215 though. I was an international level athlete and also in the military for 20 years. I developed chronic kidney disease and had to take massive amounts of prednisone which destroyed my left hip. I got the anterior total hip replacement done 4 days ago. They released me the next day and although I’m somewhat sore, I can walk unassisted. I will be driving and sleeping through the night. It was a good decision.

Comment from: Redgirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 09

I am a 53 year old female who had total hip replacement of the right hip on July 17, 2018. At almost 12 weeks I am doing really well. I still can’t sleep on my right side as it is very uncomfortable, I still get occasional groin pain and am still taking muscle relaxer as I have spasm in my thigh. My biggest complaint is the awful knee pain, I wonder when that will get better.

Comment from: Andrea, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 09

My fiance had total hip replacement on 12/17. Biggest mistake of our lives. He's been in excruciating pain down the front side of his thigh, almost to his knee ever since and this is 10 months later. It's becoming too much for him to perform day to day activities. He takes 20 mg of oxycodone 3 times a day. He takes Tylenol arthritis and Aleve, and gets no relief. This is killing him and his doctor doesnt help at all.

Comment from: Philip, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: October 03

I am 66 and had total hip replacement (THR) 3 years ago. I have groin and thigh pain and discomfort ever since. I tried physiotherapy, Pilates, hydrotherapy, cortisone injections and 7 weeks ago underwent psoas tendon release surgery. I am worse off now; sharp pain getting up from lying or sitting, pain climbing stairs, awful back spasms and I'm now waddling like a penguin. THR was the biggest and worst health decision of my life.

Comment from: HipHop18, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 03

I’m a fit 53 year old woman 2 weeks post total hip replacement anterior approach using the Mako robot. My incision is along the crease of my leg which was a surprise to me when I first looked. I’m frustrated and in pain because my quad still feels numb and I have hyper sensitivity of the skin. My surgeon recommended gabapentin but I am not a pill taker.

Comment from: misslawbore, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am 70. Both my hips were replaced simultaneously on 8.09.2018. Just over 3 weeks on I still have pain in groin on both sides. I take 30 g codeine and paracetamol 3 times a day and morphine 2.5 ml at night to get sleep. In the house I can mostly walk around and go downstairs without a cane. But going upstairs and generally when tired I still use a cane. I am a lazy exerciser but do bed exercises once a day. I have walked to the end of my road and into the library using one cane. I get very tired easily.

Comment from: Daiseybel, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I am a 66 year old female who had total hip replacement 10 days ago. The first few days were very painful. However I stopped pain medicine after 4 days so I could drive. Yes, it was the right hip so a little dicey. I walked 1 mile today slowly. I did not use a walker or cane at all because it bothered my back. I will truly feel better when I can put on shoes and socks myself. I guess I am doing ok.

Comment from: SB walker, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 26

I am a 60 year old, fit male. I had my left hip replaced on 6.15.18. First I was up for a walk in the hospital 4 hours post-surgery. Posterior approach made left leg 6 mm longer. I ditched the cane after a day. I had no limp at all, and low grade pain controlled with Percocet for 3 weeks. The worst part was excruciating pain directly behind my knee that intermittently lasted for weeks and made sleep challenging. I returned for similar right hip replacement on 8.17.18. No walking aids required at all. Fixed the right leg length so now I am taller!

Comment from: MpPipet, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I’m a 43 year old, 139 lb. I was fine post total hip arthroplasty (THA) 3 years ago. Recently (10 weeks) I have been debilitated by hip pain in the replaced hip, almost the same pain as prior to THA. I can barely walk. I’m very active, taught fitness classes prior to THA. Pain is almost unbearable at times and I shock my fellow nurses when I accidentally fully straighten my leg. Perhaps adductor at fault.

Comment from: K, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I am a 67 year old female, 115 lb., 5 ft. 5 inches, 17 days post operation from anterior approach total hip replacement. I used a walker for 4 or 5 days and then switched to a cane once the in-home physical therapy began. I am still taking oxycodone (Percocet), though down to 2 or 3 times a day. Oxycodone was not strong enough first week and I should have requested hydromorphine, since I could not sleep at night and ended up sleeping in a chair with my legs raised. Pain reduces sleep, exercise, and general well-being, so I am reluctantly on medicines. I ice often.

Comment from: chris, 75 or over (Patient) Published: September 13

My hip was replaced 12 weeks ago and I have pains in different parts of my leg and groin. It seems to move to different parts every day. This started about a week ago.

Comment from: Out of answers., 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 12

My husband had a total hip replacement 7 weeks ago and he is still in a lot of pain. I am told that most people are pain free after 3 weeks. We are concerned that something is wrong.

Comment from: Marion, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06

I had my right hip replaced one month ago yesterday and am delighted with the result to date. I ditched my walking sticks at 2 weeks and can do most household jobs that don't involve bending down. I can get into the car easier now and hope to drive again soon. My only real problem is how to cut my toenails. I'm frightened to bend over in case I cause a problem.

Comment from: Richard, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 05

I am not well at all. I had a total hip replacement and was told I would be experiencing pain. I knew that would be normal. So a few months after the surgery I was still having pain. Now a year later and multiple x-rays I am in so much pain. I cannot walk without extreme pain. This is one year or more later.

Comment from: leftylibra, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I have had both my hips replaced. My right leg fractured and I had to stay off of it for a month. It is fine now. I had my left hip replaced in May. I was going great, but in the last few weeks, my leg hurts when I walk on it a lot. It doesn't seem to be doing any better. In fact, it seems to be getting worse every day. I am worried what the problem could be.

Comment from: Jacume, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

In 2008, my right hip was resurfaced with DePuy ASR. I had reduced range of motion and less strength and occasional pain. I had total hip replacement on the left side on July 5, 2018 via the direct superior method (posterior). I am a fit, healthy 66-year old man. After 9 weeks, I still have considerable pain and limp while walking. Although this procedure was billed as minimally invasive and the most advanced for a quick recovery, my surgeon now says my pain is normal. Also, I have chronic knee pain now.

Comment from: DML, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I’m a 56 year old male diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) in both hips. I had 40 percent necrosis in my right hip with cortical collapse, and 50 percent necrosis in my left hip with no collapse. I had total hip replacement (THR) on the right side on 6/1/18 with great success. I was walking with no devices 3 days post-operation with minimal pain and medicines. I had 10 visits with physical therapist and was told to live my life. I had THR on the left side on 8/7/18 and it’s been a total nightmare so far. I have pain in my groin and thigh. If anything you can’t compare surgeries. I had successful anterior on both hips.

Comment from: Wayne, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 23

I had total hip replacements on both hips 5 years ago today, and I'm still getting bad pain in both hips. I only have to walk 10 yards or so and I'm in pain. I am still on crutches and wonder if anyone else is having the same problem; I'm only 52 years old and would love to live an active life again.

Comment from: Al, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: August 21

I had total hip replacement on my left hip on July 17th, 2018. I am still using a cane due to lingering and debilitating pain in my left thigh. I am 75 years old. Sometimes it feels like I will collapse from the pain as I take a step, especially the first few steps. Other times it is tolerable. At nearly five weeks out I was expecting less pain than this. I still take oxycodone with Tylenol four times a day but it doesn't seem to make a lot of difference. Feels like it could be months for relief.

Comment from: Tanya, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: August 21

My mom is 82. First hip replacement was a failure and she got the superbug in hospital. They removed the hip and cleared off the superbug with strong antibiotics and one year later she had another hip replacement in the same leg. It has been one year since the second operation and her wound has not closed, still seeping. I am looking for any treatment for this going further.

Comment from: Nervous Feeling, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 07

I had total hip replacement a little over a year ago. Things seemed to be going very well. I did physical therapy for six months and saw the surgeon for a yearly checkup and he said everything looked fine on x-ray. I told him I had some thigh and groin pain but he said it was because I am skinny. The thigh pain is getting worse. Today getting out of bed I felt shooting pain where the scar from my surgery is. Not sure why this is happening after the surgeon said things look good. I am getting scared about this.

Comment from: still in pain, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I am 57 years old and healthy. I had an anterior hip replacement 11 weeks ago and I am still on a walker. I am slowly getting better but this has been an emotionally, as well as, physically traumatic event. I have read many articles on the anterior approach and 99 percent of the information is extremely positive - you'll be walking without aids in 2 to 4 weeks or less. Most people I talk to have had positive results. I have not been so lucky.

Comment from: kp, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I had total hip replacement one year ago today. Recovery, physical therapy, all went well. At 2 months out, I started having terrible heel pain on the non-operative leg. Stretches were not alleviating it. I was diagnosed with Achilles tendonitis and given a prescription for shoe inserts. My heel hurt so bad I could not wear shoes with a back, so I stuck to my Birkenstocks. I believe the leg length difference I had was changed, and now my calf muscle is too short for the way I walk. It is 1 year and I am still limping.

Comment from: Ali, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I am a female of age 62. I have excellent health, weight 119 lb. I had an anterior right hip replacement on June 15th, 2018. I am now almost 7 weeks out and my surgeon still has no idea why I can't pick up my knee when sitting or extend my knee when sitting! Tests to be done are an ultrasound on my groin and an MRI on my knee.

Comment from: Mary, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I had total hip replacement (THR) on the right side at age 50 in 2000. It was ceramic on ceramic, and I had marked stiffness and groin pain afterwards. After years of attempting to remedy with physical therapy exercises, Pilates and daily stretching, my leg pain eased but back became stiff and spasms would result if I used my right side, i.e. with personal trainer. I had THR of left hip in 2013 with total success and minimal recovery time. My right sided entrenched problems have worsened and finally I have a diagnosis, first THR cup was too proud and caused inflammation of impinged psoas tendon.

Comment from: Jason, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 31

I had a total hip replacement in 2016 and a revision on the same hip in 2017. It seems that the cup did not take to the pelvis either time. Also the screw that was put in to anchor the cup is moving around eating up the bone. I am only 38 and looks like I will need another surgery done to repair the damage.

Comment from: Tony1967, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 25

I have had 6 surgeries in 2 years including the total hip replacement and still not able to walk. Right now I have a spacer due to the infection that never subsided. My problem is that here in Puerto Rico no other orthopedic surgeon will see my case. I have been recommended to relocate to the States and get operated there but I live alone and have no help from anybody. I am very desperate, I want to walk again and recover everything I lost.

Comment from: Kelvin, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 23

Since 1998 I have had lumbar disc issues that led to sciatic nerve damage that radiated to my front thigh muscles. I was told by a doctor that it was not the back but my hip, and promised me that total hip replacement would stop my back from hurting. It never stopped hurting me and now I have had 2 hip surgeries since 6-22-17 when I had the first one. And I am still in pain after a hip refinement of the first.

Comment from: Donewithit, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 20

I had total hip replacement in 2014. In recovery an orderly let me fall. X-ray showed no problem. In rehabilitation a few weeks later my hip locked and I couldn’t move. Again x-ray showed no problem. Both times I had major pain. Hip still locks every so often with major pain. I have pain sitting and walking always. Tests, scans and x-rays show nothing. What am I to do!

Comment from: Terry, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I am a 60 year old female who, six months ago, had a total right hip replacement (posterior). During surgery, my femur was fractured (note: surgeon did not order a bone density test prior to surgery in spite of having osteoarthritis for 15 years or so). I spent nearly 2 months at home in a hospital bed with ongoing physical and occupational therapy home visits. At this time I am noticing that my right leg is not aligned correctly and therefore my gait is off causing sciatic pain in left leg and lower back.

Comment from: Tired of been in pain, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I had a right hip replacement 4 months ago. I have horrible groin pain, hip pain and stiffness. I can't tie my shoes or put socks on my feet. They have found a hematoma at 8 weeks post operation as I had no drain after surgery. I had to have aspiration test done, they popped a nerve and my groin turned purple. Still waiting on these results. Wish I never had this surgery done, I'm in more pain then before.

Comment from: Donna, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had left total hip replacement on June 6, 2018 with the posterior approach. I am improving and able to walk indoors unaided but still need the walker for my outdoor walks. I have always been very active my whole 71 years and find this recovery very difficult. I’m still on pain medicines and continue to have upper hip pain and I think it is affecting the iliotibial band, not sure. Perhaps I am expecting too much too soon.

Comment from: RV, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 10

I am a 55 year old male, and I had left total hip replacement (THR) anterior approach. I was up and walking 2 hours after the anesthesia wore off. I never used a walker, just a cane, and walked a mile. I used no cane 2 weeks post-operative. Anterior approach does less damage so I would recommend it, if you need THR. I am now a month out and walking 6 miles a week.

Comment from: Stillinpain, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

Avascular necrosis caused me to have a hip replacement at the age of 38. I also have sickle cell anemia, so that didn't help either. I had surgery on October 24th, 2016 and the pain was gone when I woke up. Now I have pain every day and it's hard to walk again. I complain to the doctors and they say they don't see anything wrong but I know and feel something isn't right. I'm on enough pain medicines to kill 10 grown men and it's not helping with the pain. I feel hopeless but I won't give up.

Comment from: Indaloman, 75 or over Female (Caregiver) Published: June 22

My wife had a total hip replacement 3 years ago. After two further operations and 13 dislocations she is in constant pain taking 60 mg of morphine a day, topped up with 10 mg when pain is severe. All she has been offered is a Girdlestone intervention which she refused due to poor results seen on internet. She has now been left to cope on her own.

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