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End of stem pain after total hip replacement

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I was loosing my Health insurance Dec 2013 due to obamacare so I elected to have a total hip replacement in Oct 2013. Three days after surgery, when at home, it felt like my leg was going to explode from the inside out. I was supposed to be at a rehab but the Ortho hospital messed that up but sent out a PT and a prescription for the pain. Finally on the third day I could make it past 5am. The pain didn’t stop as I got stronger. I complained at 6 mo, 1 year and 2 yr visits and he said nothing, and I mean no respose at all. Year 3 comes with exact same complaint “I continue to have severe pain mid thigh and from what I have read it is called end of stem psin.” He immediately said “yes, that is what it is so we need blood work and a nuclear bone scan”, which I did. A MONTH later I had to call him for a diagnosis. He called back in 5 min and said (get ready for this one!!!) … “ YOUR bone is too small for the prosthetic”! I asked what the fix was and he said revision surgery to put in a prosthetic that fits! The first surgery was $28k of which I paid $3600 because I still had good insurance. The fix was also $28k. I know that a surgeon has several sizes to choose from because obviously one size does not fit all but to blame it on my bone being too small is just ludicrous! He never responded to my complaints befor 2 yrs because there is a statute of limitations of 2 years in Indy. The bone scan shows bowing in the mid thigh which is where new bone growth is forming due to the trauma of stem movement of a cementless prosthetic. My guess is they didn’t do cemented prosthetic because I was only 54 and will probably need another surgery. I don’t take maloxicam because I had severe side effect where I thought I was having a heart attack. When I know I will be walking a lot I take a couple of extra strength Tylenol. Staying well hydrated helps the most so I drink a lot of water. I can definitely tell when I am dehydrated. Raw juices are EXCELLENT!! When I do my 10 day raw juice fast I feel no pain because I am drinking a gallon of juice (carrots, celery, spinach, cucumbers, apples, ginger, lemon) a day along with water. Smoothie (spinach, blueberries, almonds, acai, maca, bee pollen, hemp, coconut water or almond milk). I wish there was a better solution but I am going to have to wait for good medical plan or medicare to go through the revision surgery. I am disappointed that so many have had bad success even with revision surgery.

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Dear, these hip replacement stories are so traumatic, considering the extreme pain afterwards, the cost, the misery of no solution? It is cruel that surgeons recommend hip replacement. knowing the path afterwards leaves one no choice, but more surgery! My visits to 3 orthopaedists was maddening, they all stressed hip replacement, which is paid for by medicare, but never mentioned stem cell possibility, as if that did not exist. Have had BMAC at Mayo Clinic, and hoping for success. I pray I will NOT resort to THP, it is a cruel and unusual punishment, in my view.

My gosh, another one. I'm so sorry to hear. Glad you wrote. I am Canadian female 63 still employed. End stem pain has not let up since December. Trip July 2018. Me too. I would like to know why so many are not cemented , fitted incorrectly, and no answers as to a fix.