Your stories of life after a hip repl...

Your stories of life after a hip replacement

There are 14 comments on the Newsday story from Nov 25, 2012, titled Your stories of life after a hip replacement. In it, Newsday reports that:

Surgeons have been carrying out hip surgery since the 19th century, but 50 years ago a British surgeon with an interest in engineering developed a technique that revolutionised hip replacement operations.

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Dallas, TX

#1 Nov 29, 2012
Each person who had a hip replacement has had a unique experience before and after their operation. Many people might have some similarities here and there but not the same in everything. Sharing one's own experience ma y help others get through some of the difficulties or give a fresh perspective in a problem.

Cwmbran, UK

#2 Dec 6, 2012
I had a hip replacement on my left leg in april of this year,the opperation went well,so did the recovery 9 months down the line no problems but for the stitches and the inplant at times they burn only for a few minutes i would say a couple of times a day,went to the spire hospital this morning i get my right hip replaced early next year looking forward to getting it done but a bit worried if both legs start burning anybody had this experience.

Atlanta, GA

#4 Jan 4, 2013
I had a hip replacement that failed within two months. On the second time, I had another replacement that also failed by becoming very painful and loose. I had it replaced again for the third time. I have had the same hip since then, but I have always experienced pain and getting worse in the last two years. I am worried ending up using crutches and cane since it needs time for me to walk even around my house or even driving my car. I am really scared of the fourth hip replacement. It really affects my whole damn life, my work, my recreations and everything. I had read some experiences with others which push them to sue the manufacturer for their losses which I read from here

Since: Jan 13

Miami, FL

#5 Jan 29, 2013
I am so glad to see this article. It is great to hear more successful stories of hip replacement without any arthritis threat.


Dallas, TX

#6 Feb 1, 2013
Hip replacement has always been a great innovation in medical technology. It has helped a lot of people regain their lives. It is just too bad that there are certain products that have caused anguish to a lot of people. Learn more about these complications in

Since: Feb 13

Atlanta, GA

#7 Feb 2, 2013
I had a THR with a Biomet MOM in 2005. I was in my late 40s and had the replacement due to a congenital defect that finally got to be unbearable. My recovery was difficult. I ended up with back problems as well as leg length discrepancy. It took me 2 years to feel fully comfortable, though the hip pain did pretty much go away. I have had bouts of spasms in my operated hip that feel like a giant tooth ache in the hip. The only thing that has ever helped is acupuncture. I have always been active, lift weights, spin bike, etc. Right now I am going through a very bad time. The pain in my hip is driving me insane. Went to see the orthopedist, he had me get blood test for cobalt and next week an MRI to see if there is anything due to MOM that is causing my pain. I am petrified that I am going to find out something not so good. I am worried about revisions since I am 56, a "baby" in the world of replacements. How many replacements will there be or can there be in a lifetime? I had no choice on having a THR and I am glad I did it. It is just if all I truly get is a few pain free years, I feel very cheated and very sad. Trying to stay optimistic.

Rochester, NY

#8 Feb 3, 2013
had rt hip replaced 3 yrs ago,never had much problems walking and bending , am doing yoga and power walking now,on power walking i,m tightening up at my rt lower back after 20 mins, enough to where i need to sit a short while,, seeing the dr. later this month , normal activity ok

Paradise Valley, AZ

#9 Feb 11, 2013
Indeed there are many people who have had hip implants and most of them do not have the same experience. Some had bad experiences because of defective implants. Know more about it at

Brooklyn, NY

#10 Mar 29, 2013
Every person who may have gone through a hip replacement surgery has a different story to tell. Most of these stories have been very heartwarming and encouraging. Being able to walk and move freely without pain and limitations is just one of the benefits that most of these patients have obtained. Some stories though may have taken a turn for the worse for some. I read from a site called the DePuy Hip Recall Information Center that some people have experienced serious complications from their hip implants.

Payson, AZ

#11 Mar 10, 2014
Hi everyone!

I'm writing on this forum as the partner and caretaker of someone who has had 6 hip replacement surgeries on the same hip within a year and a half. On the 6th and final surgery, he told the doctor to take everything out and that he was done!

He now has no hip socket or ball, and some of his femoral bone is missing, too. He is in constant pain, 24/7, except when the meds knock him out. He takes 6 different meds for pain and spasms, and to help him sleep. He doesn't have much of a life now, and he's only 36 years old.

He had the metal on plastic replacement with changes in the size of ball, the size and type of liner, and I don't know what else. The doctor did everything he could think of to make it work, but it just kept popping out. The last one lasted 7 months so we thought we were in the clear, but NOPE!

I was wondering if anyone who has been through this has found something, ANYTHING, like a brace of some kind, that would help him to walk somewhat, and to alleviate the pain???? I thought I found one online. It's made by Bledsoe and looked like it might help, but I explained our situation to one of the sellers and he told us not to use it because we needed a specially made brace, just for my partner.

One thing that's frustrating for me is that he has decided not to talk to anyone (a doctor or PT) about this, to see if there are any alternatives out there he could use. I totally understand his lack of trust in the medical system, so that's why I'm trying to see if anyone out there in this world knows of anything that might help him.

Thank you all for listening, and for any help you can offer. It's so very stressful to watch him suffering so much without any sign of hope in his eyes. He has pretty much given up, but I haven't! Some people have called me "Pollyanna", LOL, because they say I live in a Pollyanna world, and I thank them every time! I always try to keep the faith and hope going, whenever possible!

Blessings, Love and Light to all of you! I know what you're going through and my Heart sends Love to each and every one of you!:O)

Santa Monica, CA

#13 Mar 10, 2014
My anterior right hip in 2010 certainly was not the outcome I had hoped for....going in I had nasty groin pain and xrays showed bone on crushed bone....after 6 months of dragging my feet on this surgery, I went in for it.....5 months out I was doing pretty darn good. Never had home help and came home from hospital and was alone....I was 72.

Then everything went downhell, back pain and OA mess got worse, right knee and foot ankle right leg is shorter and I've had heel lifts and now have a 1/2" lift....

I ended up with IT band damage and had that worked on for 2 months, and now find that side of my thigh is atropheding....

I really worried about the outcome as I deal with Fibro and advanced OA which is even more advanced now....on top I have shoulder injuries and deal with that.

I do acupuncture and when find extra $$ I do Prolotherapy....but I'm not a happy camper with my anterior replacement outcome.....

Wish I could add to Vicki's questions but I cannot. I do know a story of a woman, in her 50's who had both hips replaced and ended up with major infections, had both hip replacements removed and then one by one replaced, she has been thru sheer hell.

I get very angry and often WISH I had not done this replacement, but too late for that one. I will do all in my power to NEVER do another surgery of any kind......I am going on 76 and do one day at a time and do the most I can do.....I take a lot of supplements....not many drugs, advil is my salvation. I take DGL to help protect stomach lining.....

Santa Monica, CA

#14 Mar 13, 2014
Some one mentioned "burning" above, I still have some burning 3+ yrs after anterior hip surgery.....I guess it's nerve damage and more and perhaps may go away or not.....

The good thing that I've experienced is NO GROIN PAIN, everything else is worse and all on the right side where hip was replaced.....

Thunder Bay, Canada

#15 Mar 18, 2014
Hip problems can tough... have you tried reading the ?

Wausau, WI

#16 Mar 19, 2014
With both hips replaced, maybe it's a little late for the newest and greatest arthritis "treatment" that is guaranteed to work. Believe me, I tried them all, but nothing could stop the complete destruction of my hip joints.

Ryan wrote:
Hip problems can tough... have you tried reading the ?

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