Hi @mrfish Yes, I am still following the thread but not as frequently because it depresses me. There are wonderful explanations on here of how people have persevered through all of the problems they have had after surgeries. I find those quite remarkable and uplifting, a tribute to all who have a positive attitude and keep on keeping on.
But my friends/family suggest that I not read the forum because the chances are "so small" and, as you said, people with all of the successful surgeries aren't going to be on such a forum talking about how great things are.
I do have pain but it still is not in the classic hip area, except for an odd rare tweak. Instead it is in my lower back on that side and the knee on that side. The knee seems to get aggravated by the exercises I do (as suggested by PTs) but I am told I need to strengthen my muscles. Also have pain in right shoulder/arm from leaning on cane.
Conflicting info from ortho surgeons/radiologists does not help. Do I or don't I have avascular necrosis? Who knows? They disagree.
Two PTs said that the X-ray of the top-middle of my femur on the bad hip side looks odd but no doc has commented.
Maybe my back is involved from the fall?
No one looks at my overall "offness" — it's all just piecemeal.
As far as approach — if I ever decide to go that way/my gut is still telling me "no" — a doc who does anterior said it would take too much tissue cutting for the collapsed joint so he would not do it; another says his anterolateral approach could leave me in a wheelchair; one who does posterior said he would not because of lack of classic hip pain. Only one who did not look at my MRIs and did no more than a cursory review but said he could do posterior. But he did not make me feel confident.
Are you aware of mini posterior? I plan to see an ortho surgeon who does that just to see what his take is.
Shoe lift does not work. Makes knee and back feel even worse.
Meanwhile, I'm going to chiropractor and getting laser therapy which eases the pain and get adjustments when back tightens up. Walk with cane at the park for about 30-40 minutes as weather permits. Oddly, my back/knee feel better the longer I walk but then everything resets once I stop and sit.
I am glad that the forum has made me aware that complications do occur. They certainly are breezed over in all of the joint replacement marketing materials. A friend just had a total knee replacement and said she had no idea it would hurt as much as it has. And she is out about a month.
Regarding infections, what causes them?
I read that dental problems are the main source but what else?
How has everyone (outside the group you mentioned) gotten an infection?
Does this happen in knee replacements as well?
Didn't someone in this forum mention going to an alternative medicine doc who got rid of their infection?
I wish you well and hope that you now or soon will be infection- and problem-free.
Thanks for thinking of me.