Snapped titanium hip
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Peter

New York, NY

#1 Aug 16, 2007
i had a total hip replacement 2.5 years ago. It was great once i healed from the initial procedure. i resumed a normal active life. About 3 weeks ago the neck part of the stem snapped. I had to have a revision which involved fracturing the femur to extract the stem that had fused very nicely to the bone. Every doctor that I spoke to says they have never seen this. Apparently titanium is one of the strongest materials made. I'm interested in knowing if anybody else has suffered the same misfortune as me and what the explanation was.
cathy

United States

#2 Aug 19, 2007
i had a total hip replacement a little over 2 weeks ago due to falling while playing volleyball, I am only 48. I want to know what I will be able to do later, volleyball, bowling, bike riding? I was totally off meds after 11 days and I only use a cane. Minimal pain around incistion (which is very ugly) The Dr. says no bending or driving yet, how long before you can do these things. thanks
jason

Nashville, TN

#3 May 23, 2009
I am 29 years old I had a total left hip replacement it been 3 weeks and i am walking without a cane and doing well can you tell me what to expect in the upcoming months and how you 2 are doing now i still have acking in my leg but doing well for now
Bev

Cambridge, UK

#4 Jul 9, 2009
my cousin had a titanium hip replacement which snapped in half ... as you can imagine causing excruciating pain - and further invasive surgery - has this happened toanyone else?
Kathie

AOL

#5 Jul 17, 2009
Responding to Cathy & Jason (this is funny, my name is Kathie & my husband's is Jason!)
I had a right THR on June 1, 2009 & this has been my experience so far.
My stomach couldn't tolerate the pain meds so I was in a lot of pain for awhile, which in my opinion delays healing.
I used a walker only about a week, then went to a cane which I found very awkward but used when I went outside to keep my balance. Got off of the can rather quickly, and just walked albeit slowly & deliberately.
I had a little home physical therapy, but now at 6 weeks my hip feels like it & my knee, for lack of a better explanation, kind of slip or pop out of place.
I called my surgeon & they said if I wasn't experiencing pain with it (& I wasn't) that I probably just needed more therapy. So I am now doing outpatient pt & I can tell you it has made a world of difference. It is much more detailed than the little bit of stuff the home therapist gave me. I went for my first visit yesterday & can already feel the difference. Plus the PT did stretching & scar care which the home PT didn't even mention.
I rode 3 miles on the bike at the PT office, I was amazed!
As for driving, my surgeon said he wouldn't tell me when I could drive because in the past, a patient drove after him saying it was okay & got into an accident & sued him. He said just pay attention to your limitations, you know them better than anyone else.
After my 5th week, I was going crazy having to depend on others for everything so I got in our truck (didn't want to use the new van we have but used the oler truck, figuring if I got into a accident it was a safer vehicle & no great loss :o)
I started out just going around the block then two blocks, etc. until I built up my confidence & got a feel for it.
Let me tell you driving was easier than walking & had I know that I would have started sooner, but like I said, each person knows thier own limitations. I have more to add later, gotta go to the Dr. now.
Patrick

Columbus, OH

#6 Aug 19, 2010
Cathy
I had a hip replacement at 48 not because of an injury but sports and long term abuse. The good news is you can return to some activity, elliptical, bicycle some hiking. My doc recommended that I avoid any activity that resulted in pounding on the joint. No more jogging, volleyball or basketball. It was great being pain free for a few years, now my left hip requires replacement at 54. While I don’t look forward to the recovery, I am happy to get off the pain meds again and get my life back.

Patrick
cathy wrote:
i had a total hip replacement a little over 2 weeks ago due to falling while playing volleyball, I am only 48. I want to know what I will be able to do later, volleyball, bowling, bike riding? I was totally off meds after 11 days and I only use a cane. Minimal pain around incistion (which is very ugly) The Dr. says no bending or driving yet, how long before you can do these things. thanks
Ana

United States

#7 Aug 26, 2010
To Jason...I Am 35 now. But I've had My hip replaced 11 yrs ago. And its not til now that I started having pain again. So I think ig You feel good now, You'll be alright. Just take care of hip as much as possible.
jason wrote:
I am 29 years old I had a total left hip replacement it been 3 weeks and i am walking without a cane and doing well can you tell me what to expect in the upcoming months and how you 2 are doing now i still have acking in my leg but doing well for now
Mac

Los Angeles, CA

#8 Sep 3, 2010
After five years of pain, I had a total hip replacement in March of 2009. It was the anterior incision type that left a scar about 6 inches long. I'm 69 years old and am beyond those years of athletics, but was once a baseball player and to this day enjoy fly fishing. To those who get a total hip replacement, I would like to say that you will get your "life" back, but you have to realize that most sports are out, as is jogging and running, unless you want to go back for a revision. Enjoy life and forget the things you can no longer do!
jo-anne

Courtice, Canada

#9 Sep 27, 2010
had thr aug. 08 received a recall almost a year after for a recall about the titanim screw could be defective because the company cheaped out using the special metal for the screw they make and could compromise the strength of my hip. what to do . They are avoiding doing anything. money talks and bullshit walks. you recall parts for cars not for human beings.
Patty

United States

#10 Sep 29, 2010
Bev wrote:
my cousin had a titanium hip replacement which snapped in half ... as you can imagine causing excruciating pain - and further invasive surgery - has this happened toanyone else?
This happened to my dad. Do you have anymore information we can compare? It was a horrible experience.......
Tina

Chicago, IL

#11 Oct 1, 2010
Peter wrote:
i had a total hip replacement 2.5 years ago. It was great once i healed from the initial procedure. i resumed a normal active life. About 3 weeks ago the neck part of the stem snapped. I had to have a revision which involved fracturing the femur to extract the stem that had fused very nicely to the bone. Every doctor that I spoke to says they have never seen this. Apparently titanium is one of the strongest materials made. I'm interested in knowing if anybody else has suffered the same misfortune as me and what the explanation was.
I had a titanium hip replacement (Osteoimplants Technology - Alfa II) in 2003 which snapped in 2009. I was just walking through a store! I had to have total hip revision surgery and to this day in 2010 I am limping, my bone has not totally healed and I am in pain. My life has been negatively impacted in so many ways.

What I have found is that the FDA really doesn't do real approvals anymore. If a prosthesis is "substantially the same" as a previous one and the manufacturer sends in positive reports (anyone can doctor a report!), the FDA rubber stamps the approval. According to my research, the FDA "grandfathered" in my prosthesis from ones that were initially approved in 1993!!! This is inexcusable and I am sure there are many, many more of us out there. There is also a law on the books federally that states that if any manufacturer has an FDA approved medical device, we are not allowed to sue them! This is totally outrageous!

Please email me @ [email protected] if you're in the same position as I am. I am trying to start a group so that we can be heard before congress.
vicky

United States

#12 Jan 26, 2011
I had a titanium hip replacement (Osteoimplants Technology - Alfa II) in 2003 which snapped in 2009. I was just walking through a store! I had to have total hip revision surgery and to this day in 2010 I am limping, my bone has not totally healed and I am in pain. My life has been negatively impacted in so many ways.
What I have found is that the FDA really doesn't do real approvals anymore. If a prosthesis is "substantially the same" as a previous one and the manufacturer sends in positive reports (anyone can doctor a report!), the FDA rubber stamps the approval. According to my research, the FDA "grandfathered" in my prosthesis from ones that were initially approved in 1993!!! This is inexcusable and I am sure there are many, many more of us out there. There is also a law on the books federally that states that if any manufacturer has an FDA approved medical device, we are not allowed to sue them! This is totally outrageous!
Please email me @ [email protected] if you're in the same position as I am. I am trying to start a group so that we can be heard before congr I

I had my left hip replaced dec.14 2010 I was able to walk quickly I am now in my 6th week since surgery and am haveing lots of pain, more like a severe ache in the area where my incision is.(anterior approach) as well as leg and ankle pain. was wondering if anyone else felt this. I have been on eliptical once for 10 min. with docs approval and walk 3 days a week with cane. should i still be experienceing pain? I wonder if i should have stayed on walker longer.
Nissa

Queensbury, NY

#13 Feb 7, 2011
Hello all, I am so much older andyounger than all of you.... Let me explain....

I had my first hip replacement at 20 years old, about 18 years ago. The first one failed after 5 years, the lining just didn't last. This first replacement though, lasted through the births of my first 2 children, just barely.

I had a revision after waiting for my parts for several months as they were back ordered. By the time the parts came in, they had to do a revision, replacing the cup in the socket and placing 2 liners with 3 screws to hold it all in place because I lost some bone in the process.

I am happy to report the last 13 years have been pretty good aside from the terrible bursitis I suffer from. That may not be the fault of either surgeon, I don't know, really I haven't bothered to ask, since I am in such little pain compared to before.

When I had the replacement originally I had a rare bone tumor that ate most of the ball of the hip away and started into the socket. Don't worry, non-cancerous.

The second was due to the catastrophic failure of the liner on the first. Again, not supposedly related to recalls around the time of the first replacement.

I don't know if my current hip is part of the nesest recall, but it is all scary.

Many of you asked what to expect and if you can do sports and other things. This is what I was told. The wear and tear on my hip is up to me, the more wear and tear, the sooner I will need a replacement again. There are only so many replacements that can be done on a person.

I was also told that since I was so young they could not tell me how that would affect me having children. I am happy to report that I did not have any problems with any part of procreating, carrying, delivering not even with a c-section. I have successfully birthed 5 children, 2 on the first hip, 3 on the last. 4 were totally naturally, 1 by c-section. I was not allowed to water birth or to labor in water, so I can't tell you that. My mid-wife said she wouldn't have minded the water at all, but the doctor said no.

I don't have any way to correlate the difference in carrying or birthing my children to pre-replacement times. But what I do know is that my hips were taxed, so that might be of concern to future mothers.

My first replacement I did have some popping, which the surgeon was not worried about, even refused to see me. But he also said that it was not totally popping out and not to worry. I told him I was in a lot of pain when it happened, but they didn't budge. I still think that my hip was failing way back then, but since he refused to see me I can't tell you more.

My second replacement has been so much better. They changed the size of the cup and the placement, to better suit me. I am so happy they did, I haven't had nearly the problems I had with the first one. But my recovery was much worse from the beginning. But that is only because I essentially had 2 surgeries the second time around, because my hip kept failing after they replaced only the liner. So they decided to revise the socket as stated before.

The first hip replacement I was driving within a week, but my car had a light clutch and I was young. I had virtually no PT, but was sent home with exercises.

The second, I had no exercises, which I really needed and wished to this day I had more PT... Weightless is great if you can get it, take it. It took me about a week before I felt comfortable walking with my cane again. I didn't drive for about a month or so.

Both doctors told me NOT to drive if I didn't feel comfortable, but I could as soon as I felt safe, take it easy, don't go to fast. I still don't drive if I don't feel safe, but I do drive all the time.

I am only to happy to talk to people about this subject if anyone needs some advise or wants to compare notes. Please contact me here, LitleElf (at) yahoo.com if you would like to do so.

Sorry this is so long, but I hope it helps someone.
Nissa

Queensbury, NY

#14 Feb 7, 2011
Sorry, but I should have put a little more information about what the doctors told me about my physical abilities after surgery.

Basically, in addition to the wear and tear being in my control, they told me they didn't want me to do anything that would be considered impact on the joint. No running, aerobics, etc. I was even told to not ride a bike. I am assuming this is due to the fact that a regular bike seat spreads your hips and this is not only painful but it can be detrimental. Now you can get seats without horns on them, so maybe it is allowed. One poster above said she had done some bike work in PT....

I was told I couldn't do much. Basically I was told I could swim for exercise and that was all anythig with no impact. But that I should keep my weight down. Hard to do when all you are allowed to do is swim and you don't own a pool and can't afford to go to a gym where they have one.

Anyways, I offer this simply as a comparison to what you have been told and what others are doing. My conditions may vary with yours, age, activity levels, etc. You should always talk to your surgeon and physicians about your capabilities and limits. Your doctor has already been paid or is going to get paid, you should get the most of it. Make sure you are getting your questions answered before and after surgery, no matter what. And never let them brush you off like I did the first time. If ever you get the brush off, get another opinion. Don't be affraid to be your own best advocate....

Luck to everyone...:-)
virginia

New Zealand

#15 Feb 15, 2011
My sister, 10 months ago, had a replacement. The surgeon miscalculated the length, tried to "ram" it home then could not get the titanium rod out, so just sewed her up! Her leg was one and a half inches longer on that side. Yesterday she had corrective surgery because the titanium rod broke. Today, after a 7 hour surgery yesterday, she is in great pain, having hallucinations because of the morphine, and they have bound her legs together (with a pillow between her knees) because they think there may be a dislocation! She has unbearable cramp right up her leg and into the hip, and can hardly speak. Where do these doctors learn how to perform these operations? On the job? I am determined that I will ride in a wheelchair rather than give myself to have hip surgery. She is 76 and I am 73. It simply is not right.
jo-anne

Canada

#16 Feb 22, 2011
I had a thr 3 yrs. ago. Almost a year to the day I received a recall for the titanium screw, the company cheaped out on the metal . I have Pain worse somedays than before I had the surgery. Have been told by my surgeon and doc. no need for concern, what about my quality of life and the rest of my body. Sick and tired of companies making billions of dollars and not caring about human life.
ELLE

Canton, OH

#17 Mar 1, 2011
Hi I had a hip replacement in 2004 at the age of 28 and mine has been really great! I was born with hip dispacia and I wasn't diagnosed until the age of 2. I had 10 major surgeries as a child and have limped my whole life. I started to experience a lot of pain after the birth of my firstborn in 2002. I went to a specialist in Iowa and he did an amazing job. My weird question is does anybody know if with a titanium hip replacement you can use a tanning bed? Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
ELLE

Canton, OH

#18 Mar 1, 2011
I am truly Sorry for all of you who had a bad replacement and thanks for the info about activity because sometimes My hip does get sore after too much!!
Nissa

Queensbury, NY

#19 Mar 2, 2011
Elle, knowledge is power. (smiles)
Sue

Thomastown, Australia

#21 Apr 15, 2011
]i had a total hip replacement.
Hi there peter,hey ive actually fractured the Femur part in my titanuim hip, im currently awaiting going in to hospital to have a full Hip Replacement.Could you be kind enough to tell me how long your recovery period was peter?Cheers Sue 16/04/2011

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