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Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement
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Sorry to hear you're going back to surgery. Could you please tell me where on your thigh you get the stabbing pain. Does it come and go or do you have it all the time?
Well I was just advised that the sharp pain is due to subsidence of the appliance, which basically means it is falling into the femoral stem, both shortening my leg and generating the stabbing pain chronically. The top of Accolade hip is wedge-shaped which is supposed to not allow this descent, but in this case, the wedge is forcing the top of the femoral remnant apart and may lead to catastrophic splitting. So, the solution is yank it out and replace with larger appliance, both to stop the descent and to restore correct leg length. Not the news I hoped for but I had my suspicions. No amount of PT or back stretches or spinal injections or any of that makes any difference. Gravity is winning.
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I had thigh pain after a partial hip in 2017. For 2 years I suffered with constant pain. I had enough and went to a different doctor and thank God I did. Dr Hedley is who I went to in Scottsdale. I did my research he is with the ortho institute of the west. He is kind and obviously knowledgeable and renown in his field. He looked at the old films and to my surprise. He said it was not stem pain. The existing bipolar prosthesis at the top of the femur was too big. Way too big and slanted inwards a bit too far injuring the muscles and ligaments. I should have picked up on this because post OP I felt like I was sitting on a big ball. After this surgery my recovery was quick w little pain other than site pain from surgery and soreness from the previous surgery hurting the muscles. I have amazing range of motion too. I know part of this surgery is successful because since 2017 I have taken steps to become healthier. I have lost 100 lbs since 2018. Then I was put on an anti inflammatory diet which is the keto diet I worked with a nutritionist. I knew if I did not get it together I cud get bad enuf that I would not make it for long. As a senior now I have found u must b ur own advocate. Even a patient advocate may not be on your side as I found out. Younger staff can b very rude and even put words in your mouth. I vote…find another doc get another opinion. Yes. It all costs..but its YOUR health. If it hurts there is something wrong. I am Sooo glad I made waves left the old , did research, went to a new to me and wonderful physician. Much better than people making your BP go up by being jerks or you staying in pain. We need a senior site to share medical issues….good doc names etc. Everyone please…find another opinion, read about your medical issues, take control. It isnt a mystery. Its science if you hurt something is not right. God bless everyone on here I pray that like I was blessed you will be too.
Dont give up. It's not you…..
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@binblessed I’m very happy for your news that your pain has essentially gone away after a revision surgery. That is wonderful. It is encouraging to read that a revision can help. Congratulations and wishing you all the best with your new hip. I’m considering revision and currently waiting on results of a triple phase bone scan, after which I might make an appointment at the Mayo Clinic. Thanks for posting your positive outcome.
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Is a bone scan similar to a MRI. I just had a MRI and I am waiting for results. I have had a two month wait to hear results. We are very short of doctors in Canada.
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@popolopo No, it’s a different test entirely. I had an MRI and a CAT scan and the hardware looked okay, no problems showed up, although the stem looked close to the “cortex” on my regular x Ray, which I think in this case means the bone. The next test recommended for me was this Triple Phase Bone Scan which is used to definitively rule out any loosening of the implant, to detect any infection, ( doubtful in my case) and see more of what’s going on with the stem. You get an injection of a tiny amount of a radioactive isotope and then a gamma camera looks at it. All very hi tech and hard to understand for a layman like me. I hope your MRI sheds some light on your pain and what to do about it.
Welcome to Connect @Cjropes.
How long ago did you have the hip replacement? Have you talked to the surgeon about the thigh pain?
Yes I did, he took another X-ray and said it was fine and I was just overdoing it.
I did heavy research on my doc. Dr hedley. He is rated #5 in the US if u need another consult look him up. He and his staff are truly amazing. So kind and I felt so secure w them.
@binblessed Just curious for future reference, what source did you use that showed that doctor’s rank? I presume Dr. Hedley is an orthopedic surgeon. I love my orthopedic surgeon who did my TKR, Dr. Fitz in Boston, but I looked him up on one site and it didn’t say where he ranked. To me he’s the best though and his reputation is great so I’m sure he must rate fairly well. He does only do knees though. These days orthopedic doctors are all so specialized it’s crazy.
I chose my surgeon based mostly on referrals from my PT and another surgeon at The Baptist who I would trust with my life! Then I looked him up on Vitals.
https://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Andrew_Braziel.html Meeting him only confirmed everyone's raves. I am *much* more in synch with Dr. Braziel than I was with my original surgeon!
I had my replacement done 3/28/17 , and everything has been great. I am 66 years old , highly active and athletic do many sports and work out religiously . Lately after 2 1/2 years+ since procedure , at times my left thigh becomes numb like and forces me to hobble and won't loosen up , of course after awhile it does but I can still sense it in the thigh, i am going to go to my orthopedic soon , and try to find a solution , with winter setting in , I don't what to be a gimp.
@13frogs8 Hi Matt, and welcome to Connect.
It definitely seems odd to me that you have gone so long without pain and that now your thigh is suddenly is a problem. It seems as if most of the people with thigh pain have it right from the beginning. I wish I could offer a suggestion but both of my TKRs are good so far. The second one was done in October 2017.
I hope your surgeon has a solution for you, and I hope we will hear back from you with what he has to say about it.
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