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anndunn

Post Hip Replacement Surgery complications

Posted by @anndunn in Bones, Joints & Muscles, Nov 14, 2011

I am in search of a solution to chronic pain after surgery that has lasted a
year and half. The pain comes while I'm standing or walking. Gone when I sit or lie down, or if I'm swimming in a warm pool.
Can anyone shed any light on what I can do or what this condition is that I am experiencing.
Thanks.

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, Nov 21, 2011

About a year after my hip replacement, I started having groin pain again. It took 10 months and 7 doctors to discover that the replacement had come loose. After a revision replacement, I feel great again.

anndunn

Posted by @anndunn, Nov 24, 2011

HI Barb-

Im trying to avoid going thru more doctors, which I have done with no success.
Can you tell me how the one doctor found your solution? Who did the procedure and was it done at Mayo Clinic? What was the procedure that the doctor completed that solved your pain problem? What was your age during the surgery?

Thanks.

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, Nov 28, 2011

I had a bone scan, which 2 drs. looked at and said nothing was wrong. I went to a pain dr., he looked at the same bone scan and saw it immediately. He referred me to University of Iowa, Dr. Callahan. I had what is called a revision, where they removed the bad part of the old replacement and put in new parts. I was 60 at the time. I have had no problems since then with either hip.

bobbelee

Posted by @bobbelee, Nov 1, 2012

Hello Ann....Go to Arpwave.....very interesting info here on hip & knee replacements....I was going to have a hip replaced, but went thru this place to avoid doing so. It has worked out great. Takes a lot of work ... but worth it. I don't like doctors or surgery.

susie718

Posted by @susie718, Nov 27, 2011

Where was your revision and which surgeon performed the surgery? How long was your recovery before you could go back to work?
Thanks!

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, Nov 28, 2011

I work at an elementary school and had it done a week before school got out in the spring. I was fine to go back in the fall.

susie718

Posted by @susie718, Nov 29, 2011

Thanks for the information. I have to have a revision and I work in an elemtary school too. They told me 3 months and I was just wondering what your experience was. How was the revision recovery different from the original hip replacement recovery? Thanks!

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, Nov 29, 2011

Considering the pain I was in before, it was a breeze! It hurt less the evening of the surgery and the next day than it did the day before. I was walking the halls with just the walker and no assistance in 2 days - and showering and toileting alone, too!

ariane

Posted by @ariane, Dec 28, 2011

I'm also having continuing pain post hip replacement, especially groin pain. Physical therapy makes it worse. The surgeon took a regular xray and said he saw nothing wrong. He has no suggestions as to what I can do to solve this problem. When I told him the pain was worse than it was pre-surgery, he seemed insulted. I'm thinking of changing doctors and wonder what tests I should ask for to get a clearer picture of what's wrong. Any ideas?

Arianne

missysue

Posted by @missysue, Dec 28, 2011

yes, definetly..ortho dr isneeded and an mri test, (no radiation) is warranted

susie718

Posted by @susie718, Apr 30, 2012

I agree, ask for an MRI. That's the test that finally diagnosed the hip effusion and led to the hip aspiration which showed that I had metallosis and needed a revisiion.

pyratewmn

Posted by @pyratewmn, Sep 28, 2013

Change doctors first. They resent when you are not satisfied with their treatment and if you insist on an MRI with him, he will be forever argumentative and challenging. Not worth the stress.

shawnh

Posted by @shawnh, Apr 24, 2012

I ALSO EXPERIENCED SEVERE PAIN A YEAR AFTER MY HIP REPLACEMENT. I THOUGHT THATS IS JUST HOW IT IS, BUT WHEN IT BECAME UNBEARABLE, I HAD AN X-RAY AND FOUND OUT MY BONE NEVER GREW INTO THE FAKE HIP. SO IT CAME LOOSE. WHEN I WOKE UP FROM MY SECOND REPLACEMENT I WAS IN LESS PAIN THAN I HAVE BEEN THE WHOLE TIME THE FIRST HIP WAS IN.

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