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Dee

United States

#23 Jan 17, 2010
I only had the ball replaced in my hip due to cracking my ball from a fall. I'm 59 years old and have always been very active so having hip surgery was very scary to me. It's been 3 months since my surgery and I find I have a hard time getting up from my chair at work to walk...I almost feel like it is stuck at first. I do notice it is getting alot better. Just wondering if anyone out there has just had the ball replaced and what your experience has been.
bernard

Hastings, New Zealand

#24 Jan 17, 2010
i have a new ceramic on metal hip replacement its going fine 6 weeks since i had it done . it already feels much better with alot more impovement to come . exersose is the key .
rrkr

Belton, TX

#25 Jan 22, 2010
Had both hips replaced.....right one 8/14/2009 and left one 9/23/09. Walked out of hospital on my own, the same day as surgery both times. Had some pain days after, but went back to work on the 11th day both times. I am a cop. I am 53. Right now, 1/22/10, sometimes I have a little pain here and there but not all the time and not bad. I do some light squats once a week, 100 pounds, 3-4 sets of 15-20 just to keep tone in thighs and I do range of motion excercises almost every day, and will forever.
Good luck.......it's not all bad
Reese

United States

#26 Jan 22, 2010
I had a partial metal non cemented hip replacement 3 months ago and have been doing alot of reading on the internet regarding the life expectancy of the replacement part. One place I read the more movement you place on the hip (like walking) the soon the part wears out. Another place states walking is the best thing you can do after you have hip surgery. Has anyone been told by their surgeon the life expectancy of these replacement parts and does walking wear the part out faster?
mick mouse

Houghton Le Spring, UK

#27 Feb 17, 2010
had a total hip replacment done on 19th sept 2009,left leg,had ceramic on ceramic uncemented..i am walking o.k but lately the top of femure is sore all the time and tender to touch..am currently taking some ibuprofen as wife suggested it might be a bit inflamed,been doing a few jobs around the house taking rubble to the tip etc.also get a burning tingling sensation in the left foot instep that drives me crazy,,physio said it was neuralgia and it would eventually go...anyone else had similar problems?????
TomC

New City, NY

#28 Feb 17, 2010
I had my right hip replaced August 2009 (anterior) and same issue with my lower back pain into my buttocks and down my right leg. I had problems with my lower back before and now it's worse. Had an MRI on my lower back and found a herniated disk pinching on the nerve. Might be what is causing my problems. Will have a shot in the disk to see if this helps.
Maggie BC

Sparwood, Canada

#29 Mar 21, 2010
Dolores wrote:
Did you have the "traditional" or minimally invasive "anterior" or "posterior" hip replacement? I'm scheduled for the minimally invasive anterior THR in October. Can't wait to have the pain gone, and my quality of life back - even tying my own shoes will be wonderful - if all works out the way it's supposed to, I guess. You must be so disappointed. Various folks have various recovery times it seems from these comments - lots of physio, etc. etc. I hope yours improves greatly over the next little while. I'll be looking for your updates.
Dolores, I am wondering how you are coming along after your anterior approach THR. Where did you have it done and did the surgeon use a Hana table.
Dolores

Americus, GA

#30 Mar 21, 2010
Maggie - I am delighted with my new hip. Hip Hip Hooray!!! My horrible pain before the surgery was eliminated completely. I had the obvious discomfort post surgery that one might expect, but nothing compared to the pain prior to the surgery, and I only took some pain meds - not nearly as strong as before the surgery - for a brief time. I was dancing at a St. Patrick's day party. I can tie my own shoes once again. Life is good. I went to Santa Monica, California, for the procedure. Dr. Joel Matta performed my surgery. The Hanna table is his design. I had a spinal anaes - with some sleepy-time stuff for the procedure, but I was awake in the OR when they were getting my Hanna table shoes fitted, etc. etc. and everyone was so nice to me. His team is really helpful and informative. I arrived in Santa Monica on Sunday, checked into the Santa Monica Best Western right across the street from Dr. Matta's office and St. John's Health Center. Monday morning I met the team in Dr. Matta's office, had the necessary consults, X-rays, and lab work. Tuesday, my husband and I were tourists. The hotel provided a free shuttle to and from the pier and the shopping district. Wednesday morning, we walked across the street to St. John's, and I had my surgery. You can take your laptop with you to the hospital, so I was able to send my relatives a Facebook message from my room while I was waiting to go into surgery. Fun. I was standing up hours after the surgery, with none of the previous pain. I kept waiting for the pain to return, and it never has. I had no staples or external sutures. I was able to shower the next day. My 3-1/2 inch incision was closed with some sort of bonding glue. I had physical therapy in hospital twice a day, and OT once a day. I was an inpatient for an extra day because of some of my other health problems. The Best Western sent a free shuttle to pick me up from the hospital, and take me back across the street to the hotel. By the way, no charge at the hotel for parking! They had a wheelchair waiting for me in case I needed it at the hotel. After the hip surgery you need to walk. This was a pleasant experience as I walked on the hotel roof garden amongst the roses and bougainvilla enjoying the view of the ocean. I used a walker at that time, of course. We left Santa Monica a week after the surgery to drive to Arizona where I am a snowbird. As instructed, we stopped every two hours or so for walking exercise along the way. I went to Vitality Physical Therapy here in AZ, and they were great. I had used a cane and walker for a year or so prior to the surgery. They helped me regain my posture, taught me how to use gym equipment properly for my best recovery, and were encouraging and helpful. I was able to play pool a couple weeks after surgery. Six weeks later, I had an X-ray here in AZ which I e-mailed to Dr. Matta. They called the next day to ask how I was doing, and said all looked just fine on the X-ray. I only have to send another X-ray at a year postop, or visit them if I want to go back to Santa Monica. I can call or e-mail any time if I have any problems or questions or just to give them an update. As I said, Dr. Matta's team is so supportive, and informative. I booked everything on the computer and by telephone to make the necessary arrangements. His office is used to dealing with folks from "out of town". I'm looking forward to returning home to garden which I have been unable to do for the past two summers. Dr. Matta's website is www.hipandpelvis.com , and St. John's is www.stjohns.org . You can find the Best Western by searching for Best Western Santa Monica. This is probably more information than you were looking for, but I hope it helps. My husband says I type like I talk....
Candy

Locust Grove, VA

#31 Mar 23, 2010
I had THR On feb 2010 on right leg. I'm 4 weeks post op. I had metal on metal, cementless. I'm 45 years old. Each day I'm doing good strentghening my muscles everyday. And useing crutches. My doctor said he wants to wait 6-8 weeks before I put full weight on my hip. I'm high risk of dislocation. Pain is decreasing each day. But I've noticed that my leg is longer than the other. That. Worries me. I see my doctor on tuesday. And still swelling down my leg. Advice?
Sherrys Still Walking

San Jose, CA

#32 Apr 26, 2010
I had a Total Hip Replacement June 1995, non cemented... just chiming in to give all who read this a little hope, I was 32 at the time am 47 now, I have had tolerable pain off and on through out the years, however I am able to do all the things I want and need to do, pre surgery pain was so severe I couldn't sleep, walk, sitting on a bike, motorcycle, horse was impossible... I guess my point is that although I made a choice to have a foreign object inserted into my body, my life is way better than it could have or would have been with out the surgery. The amount of pain i am having now 15 years post is still tolerable, it is increasing but you have to be diligent and find your work around, ie... pillow between your legs at night, paying more for better shoes, etc. The most important thing to remember is to always be focused on the positives, we are living in an age where we are blessed to have a second chance at being able to walk... my brother had an accident 2 years ago which left him paralyzed.. he would give anything to walk again even if he had to endure pain. KEEP a positive attitude, stay focused on the fact that its your body, everything you do to it, the food you eat, the exercises you do, the clothes/shoes you wear, the manner and positions you sleep all play an enormous role on how you are going to heal and manage the pain that comes with the choice of being able to be blessed with the ability to walk again\still. God Bless all who read this.
Dee

Great Neck, NY

#33 Jun 8, 2010
TomC wrote:
I had my right hip replaced August 2009 (anterior) and same issue with my lower back pain into my buttocks and down my right leg. I had problems with my lower back before and now it's worse. Had an MRI on my lower back and found a herniated disk pinching on the nerve. Might be what is causing my problems. Will have a shot in the disk to see if this helps.
Who did your surgery?
Jenny

Tonawanda, NY

#34 Jun 10, 2010
Hey Sherry's Still Walking -- thanks for your great input. Very encouraging. Yes, it is my body, so my attitude, my decisions make a difference. I had uncemented LTHR on May 11th. Stopped pain meds at two weeks post op and have been pain free (except for a little wound pain) until recently. Some recent twinges were a surprise and a real disappointment but are probably a result of my pushing some things a little more than I should. It is as you say crucial to feel grateful for what can be done, to walk and move -- to stand up straight in a way I have not been able to for 8 years (largely due to an unsuccessful previous surgery). I can stand squarely again and support my core! I am gaining strength and coordination daily, and shamelessly breaking more of my very conservative surgeon's precautions as time goes on. But I am listening carefully to my body and keeping up exercises and walking (as instructed, partial weight bearing with crutches), as well as working on attitude and eating healthy yummy food. So true that there will be good days and bad days, yet overall things are way better than they had been before the surgery. And I can only imagine they will continue to get much better down the road....I can't wait to go hiking again!
Dieter

Keswick, Canada

#35 Jun 10, 2010
Dolores wrote:
Did you have the "traditional" or minimally invasive "anterior" or "posterior" hip replacement? I'm scheduled for the minimally invasive anterior THR in October. Can't wait to have the pain gone, and my quality of life back - even tying my own shoes will be wonderful - if all works out the way it's supposed to, I guess. You must be so disappointed. Various folks have various recovery times it seems from these comments - lots of physio, etc. etc. I hope yours improves greatly over the next little while. I'll be looking for your updates.
Hi Dolores, I live close to Orillia and would like to know where do you get an anterior hip replacement in Canada. I had my left hip done last October and need to do the other side. While in Florida I had Physio and everybody tells me to do it the Anterior way. If you get it done here I would like to know who your surgeon is?
Dieter

Keswick, Canada

#36 Jun 10, 2010
Hi Dolores, I live close to Orillia and would like to know where do you get an anterior hip replacement in Canada. I had my left hip done last October and need to do the other side. While in Florida I had Physio and everybody tells me to do it the Anterior way. If you get it done here I would like to know who your surgeon is?
Reese

Lakewood, OH

#37 Jun 20, 2010
Bryon wrote:
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Hello, I had my Hip replaced on the 31st of Oct and still have pain when I walk. How long have you been pain free?
I had a partial hip replaced on Oct 15 due to a fracture I received when I fell and my hip was really feeling good after 6 months, but I started walking everyday for 30 minutes and now my hip is hurting. I'm worried I over did and wander if it will ever feel good again. Has anyone else had this happen?
Joy

Saratoga Springs, NY

#38 Aug 21, 2010
ladydi wrote:
I had THR on July 20, 2009 for stage 4 avascular necrosis. I am 65 years old. I have the cementless stryker. I am 6 months post op and have some discomfort if I sit too long. I do the exercises and use the elliptical every other day and I get instant relief. I can run up the stairs and walk without a limp. I am soooo grateful not to have that excrutiating pain that I lived with for 6 months prior to surgery. I feel great. Recovery is a slow process that can't be rushed. During the long recovery I thought I'll "never be normal again." And here I am.....
ladydi - I also have avascular necrosis - 60 years young. Is your implant metal on metal or what? Did you have anterior method?
thanks! I'm scared to death after reading some of these posts!
Mary Ann

Wheeling, WV

#39 Jan 16, 2011
I had 2 screws put in my fractured right hip in March 2010. Avascular necrosis happened and in Sept. of 2010 I had a right THR done. I went to the Drs. Jan 2011 and xrays showed that everything appears to be in place and working great. At that point I was doing water therapy and had very little pain. Now the pain has become worse, and I have trouble walking. I am still doing the exercises and just keep praying that this is a small set back. Reading the postings has been very helpful. It will soon be a year since this all started and it is hard to keep spirits up. I see I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing.
Joy

Pittsfield, MA

#40 Jan 17, 2011
Mary Ann wrote:
I had 2 screws put in my fractured right hip in March 2010. Avascular necrosis happened and in Sept. of 2010 I had a right THR done. I went to the Drs. Jan 2011 and xrays showed that everything appears to be in place and working great. At that point I was doing water therapy and had very little pain. Now the pain has become worse, and I have trouble walking. I am still doing the exercises and just keep praying that this is a small set back. Reading the postings has been very helpful. It will soon be a year since this all started and it is hard to keep spirits up. I see I'm not alone. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Ann, Did you have the direct anterior approach with the table? I'm going through with my Feb. 22nd surgery date since my pains have increased so much lately. Don't have references for my surgeon, but I'm trusting that he is good. It's not like it's brain surgery, and he's done a lot of these anteriors. I broke my hip in Feb.'08, and all was well until about a year later when the groin pain began. It's great to have others to share with. Best of luck to you.
Mary Ann

Wheeling, WV

#41 Jan 22, 2011
Hi Joy. I had the traditional replacement. My scare is 8-12 inches long. Good luck on your surgery. Keep in touch. Thanks
Deb

Bloomington, IN

#42 Jan 23, 2011
I actually feel "normal" after finding this site! I had a THR this fall '10 & still can't sit, walk up/down stairs, in so much pain, espec. the groin & femur! I don't care where/who...this is no joke surgery...I went to the best in HSS in NY. The Dr. has no answers except, "your xrays are perfect"! He goes away most of the time to teach in Italy & now I am looking for a new Doctor to treat me, this absolutely sucks! I wish I would have tried some alternative methods to groin pain before going under the knife. Dr. Buly was my Dr., Hospital Surgery, he doesn't realy care about my pain.

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