Patient Comments: Total Hip Replacement - Prognosis


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Comment from: catmom, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I am a 74 year old retired woman who was very active until I began to have a lot of pain in my legs. Exercise and medication helped for several months, and then walking and standing became so difficult I had a total hip replacement in my right leg this summer. It was a bone-on-bone situation. The first few weeks were difficult because of exhaustion, limits to mobility, little help at home, poor appetite, etc. The hospital made sure I had adequate pain medications at the beginning. My progress, however, was very good. When the doctor stopped the addictive medication, I was actually pain free anyway except for occasional night pain in both legs which the doctor said is normal at this stage. It has been 9 weeks since the surgery, and I have been swimming and driving for three weeks. Now the only day time pain is in the left leg for which will have surgery next year. I have done physical therapy exercises and I walk regularly. Even with only one leg fully okay, my daughter says I look and act like a new person.

Comment from: Ali, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 18

I had bilateral hip replacement on March 2, 2016. I stayed at the hospital for 3 days (could've been 2) and walked with walker for a day and crutches for 2. Oh by the way, I refused taking anything besides Tylenol 4 a day and 1 Celebrex and 2 aspirin for blood clot! I went home on Saturday, did my exercises 5 or 6 times a day. Physiotherapist (PT) came home for 4 times but said I should go to outpatient and tomorrow I have my first doctor visit (2 weeks). I've been walking 5 to 10 minutes a day to my cafe and been doing 10 to 15 minutes of stationary bike almost every day. The doctor, PT and all are kind of amazed at my progress! I do have some pain as I step into my stride. I do have IT (iliotibial) band pain and pain in the side of the knee (I think from the table on the surgery day). Lateral movement is almost perfect (which I couldn't before), and there is a bit of clicking in my right hip but I'm not worried. I think it will need 4 to 8 weeks for all the trauma to subside and then we shall see! Good luck to you all.

Comment from: Freyelectricjrm, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 06

I had left hip replaced on 9/12/14. I’m three weeks out and getting better each day. Exercises are the key three times a day every day. I’m still using a walker to get around but at 6'3' and 260 it's better to be safe. I will start using cane only next week and hopefully start using a stationary bike soon. I have no severe pain but definitely overall aches and pain. I’m getting right hip done on 12/1/14 and will go through all of this again. I wonder if it will be worth it in the end, to have mobility and be pain free.

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

I have had two hip replacements, 1 two years ago, and the second one last January. I also broke my femur bone after my hip operation. It"s been a long rough road. I"m still not walking by myself 100%. I still walk with 1 crouch, because my balance is not good. For the past two months when I would bend over, something would pop out, I could feel it as well as hearing. Some of them knock me to my knees and pain is awful, it"s only get worse. I went and saw the doctor that did the operation. He said nothing is wrong I disagree. When I walk I feel something moving. At this point I don"t know what to do, or where to go for some answers. For me this is not normal.

Comment from: Coondog, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I am a 55 year old male. I had a right total hip replacement on Oct 28th 2013. It has been 10 weeks and I have some groin pain and pain just above my knee. I also suffer from degenerative disc disease and have foraminal stenosis at L4, L5. I advised the physical therapist about my back and told them of my limitation and gave them the written MRI report on my back. I was switched to another staff member and asked to do leg lifts while lying on my stomach. They also had me do the bungee exercises and leg presses. I am unable to return to physical therapy right now. I had been in pain management for 8 years because of my back. I had the hip surgery and returned to my pain management doctor. I told him I was having back problems after stopping his prescription medicines. I asked him to review the new MRI of my lumbar. He said "your back is alright". I am totally frustrated with the mismanagement of my pain.

Comment from: So disappointed, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

I had my right hip replaced 6 years ago which went ok and my left hip in December last year and have been in pain ever since, especially at night! The pain goes down my leg through my knee, which is particularly painful, and down to my ankle. When I sit for any length of time and then I stand up my hip is very painful! Just lately I have also been experiencing pain in my right knee at night as well. I take Co-codamol and amitriptyline for the pain but always wake in the early hours in agony!

Comment from: gsurmanek, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a total left hip replacement surgery in January 2015 and it went very well. It was very painful though. I couldn't wait to sleep on my side again, but after one month I did! Now after 5 months I've started to notice twinges of pain on the right hip and have had severe backache pain like I had with the right hip. I am just wondering when it is a good time to have the right hip surgery done.


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Comment from: gds3017, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: January 13

I have had four hip surgeries, total hip replacements, and now my right hip is giving me a lot of pain in the groin area. Every time I step down on my right foot the pain is very bad. I think I may need another hip surgery.

Comment from: bcbpeb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

My anterior right hip replacement was done on 7-10-13. Things have been great until recently - now it feels like the hip is slipping badly when I bend over. It doesn't hurt badly - just aches from the hip to the knee but is highly disconcerting. I am overweight but have not been told that it would impact recovery. Has anyone else had this problem?

Comment from: kathryn, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I had a total hip replacement after I fell and broke my hip 2 months ago. There is hardly any pain, and I can walk quite freely around the house without a crutch, though still use it for longer walks. I am back at work - teaching secondary school - and have been for three weeks. The worst part of my recovery was the exhaustion, difficulty in concentrating, difficulty in sleeping and generally struggling with not being strong and active like I was.

Comment from: Nonnieof3, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 28

I had my left hip replaced last year. It took 8 months to fully recover, but now I'm doing well. I had my right hip replaced this year. I still use a walker and sometimes a cane. I have a great deal of pain when I put my weight on my right leg. It is excruciating. It starts in the hip and radiates down my leg, mostly on the outside and even below my knee. I don't know what to do. I'm so afraid that it will never get any better.

Comment from: Polly, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had a left total hip replacement and as soon as I got back to the ward my foot was very swollen. The doctor said I had some nerve damage and I would recover in a few weeks. It's now 18 weeks since my surgery and I still have foot pain and walk with a cane. I am discouraged. I was very active before my surgery.

Comment from: Helen, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 26

I had right total hip replacement in February of 2013. I was back in the pool in seven weeks and also driving. I had very little pain, except some groin pain a few weeks ago, but since I have deterioration in my lower back, I thought that may be causing it, so I have been using heat every day and it has gone away. My hip hasn't given me any trouble, except the incision is still sore to the touch. It doesn't hurt when walking, only when touching.


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