Nerve damage after hip replacement surgeries

Posted by Frankie @holybible, Feb 11, 2019

Good afternoon. Was wondering if anyone has had what’s called meralgia paresthetica after hip replacement surgery. I had my first replacement July 2016. Three weeks later I find out I dislocated it and had to have a total hip revision. My first surgery was anterior the second was done on side of hip. Was six weeks non weight bearing and no hip flexion past 80 degrees. Worst time of my life. About 5/6 months later I started noticing sensitivity in my thigh. The upper part down front of thigh to side of thigh to knee. Have been on lyrica and now gabapentin. Have had numerous injections in the nerve. Pain dr wants me to try ablation of nerve but I’m scared. Cause the med use, phenol, can cause me not to be able to use my leg for 6 months if this solution got any where else in thigh. Dr says nerve is hard to trace to see where it maybe pinched or compressed. Any suggestions? Anyone have this? I’m going on 2 1/2 years since surgeries and a little over a year with nerve issues. Thanks.

Hi @holybible, Welcome to Connect! i'm sorry to hear about your nerve issues. It definitely sounds frustrating after several years of dealing with surgeries and injections. I haven't had a hip replacement (my knees are my issue). But I know that there are a number of people here who have had them. I'm going to tag some of our Connect members to see if they can share their insights @mariemotte, @laura1956 @scottb32 and @jdsugg. Also, there are others who may have more direct experience. And, here are a couple of threads that may be helpful
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meralgia-paresthetica/symptoms-causes/syc-20355635?_ga=2.215572183.1373315308.1549892580-1531702906.1512411564
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ablation-therapy/about/pac-20385072
I'm curious, did they diagnose the meralgia paresthetica immediately after the hip replacement or was it later in your recovery? I'm wishing you the best.

REPLY
@debbraw

Hi @holybible, Welcome to Connect! i'm sorry to hear about your nerve issues. It definitely sounds frustrating after several years of dealing with surgeries and injections. I haven't had a hip replacement (my knees are my issue). But I know that there are a number of people here who have had them. I'm going to tag some of our Connect members to see if they can share their insights @mariemotte, @laura1956 @scottb32 and @jdsugg. Also, there are others who may have more direct experience. And, here are a couple of threads that may be helpful
https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meralgia-paresthetica/symptoms-causes/syc-20355635?_ga=2.215572183.1373315308.1549892580-1531702906.1512411564
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ablation-therapy/about/pac-20385072
I'm curious, did they diagnose the meralgia paresthetica immediately after the hip replacement or was it later in your recovery? I'm wishing you the best.

Jump to this post

No I was diagnosed about 7 months later. Thanks for the info. I just want to feel better already!! 🙁

REPLY
Please login or register to post a reply.