9 weeks post op direct anterior appro...

9 weeks post op direct anterior approach and is there something wrong with me?

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Deidra

United States

#1 May 25, 2012
Other than my PT saying I am "on track" I have nothing to compare myself to (expect what I read online). I am 9 weeks 2 days ago, and still walk with a limp unless I really focus. It is not what I would call pain, but just really sore, the entire front of my thigh (when I bear weight on that leg). I am a previously active 54 year old (horseback riding 4-6 days a week, gardening, and caring for 3 kids) but I seem to be less than able to walk without some limp. I used a cane until almost 7 weeks, not "normal" I would say for anterior approach. The other forum that I joined for general hip replacement patients just tells me that everyone is going to recover at a different rate, yeah, I get that, but I expected to be able to walk without a limp and discomfort by now. No incision pain by the way, a tiny bit of joint pain if I really push myself, but that is to be expected. My entire anterior thigh is numb but very tender under the surface like a bruise. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Dee
Rt anterior hip replacement 3/21/2012

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Peter Sz

Wilson, NC

#2 May 28, 2012
I am now just about 4 weeks after total anterior hip replacement(4/01/12). I had hoped that by now I would be nearly pain free compared to what I had experienced before (I had Avascular Necrosis of the hip). I have PT 3 times a week and can perform the exercises presented sometimes with discomfort, the therapist says I am doing well. The problem is I have yet to have a full night sleep since the surgery due to pain, either in my hip, groin, thigh or knee,I awaken every hour in actual pain (7 on a 1-10 scale) or cramping. During the day I usually have pain also but seemingly less ( maybe a 4). I walk with a cane and pronounced limp. I saw my surgeon 2 weeks after the surgery he took xrays and said everything looked fine, when I mentioned the pain he said it would go away. It hasn't as of yet.
I am totally frustrated!!!!!!

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Robert

Canyon, TX

#3 May 28, 2012
I am sorry to hear of your problems. I am 13 days past my surgery and doing very well. Can walk without a cane, drive. Have a little pain but less than I had pre surgery. Taking nothing but two aspirin and vitamin D. I am not ready for a marathon but happy to be doing this well at age 72.
Donna

Revere, MA

#4 Jun 1, 2012
I had my hip replacement 4/15/12. I did great until I started Physical Therapy. I was actually walking without can/crutch assistance before therapy, now I need a cane and my hip muscle is extremely sore. My doctor said my range of motion was great and said to stop therapy, and do exercises at home. Therapist was "massaging" the scar and muscle area with her elbow! It's a week since I've been to therapy and it's a little better. I will not be going back there anytime soon. Moist heat was recommended by Dr. I guess everyone is different. I just wanted to be better "yesterday" :)
Glory

Bronx, NY

#5 Jun 21, 2012
I had the anterior hip replacement on May 25, 2012 and I have been going to physical therapy at least 3x a week. I can say I have improved, but I am still walking with a limp and my knee is always swollen and hurts. My groin area also is very sore and hurts while I doing my therapy. I thought that I will be walking without a cane by now. The way the doctor put it -- it will be a piece of cake since I am petite, but my thigh is numb in areas and at times I feel a little pinch of pain (which I think may be the healing process). I too feel like Deidra, thinking I will be up and about after a few weeks. I suppose everyone heals differently. I love to dance so I don't want the summer to be over before I can dance ;)
Glory

Bronx, NY

#6 Jun 21, 2012
Peter - see my comment regarding my anterior hip replacement. I seem to be having similar problems.
Peter Sz wrote:
I am now just about 4 weeks after total anterior hip replacement(4/01/12). I had hoped that by now I would be nearly pain free compared to what I had experienced before (I had Avascular Necrosis of the hip). I have PT 3 times a week and can perform the exercises presented sometimes with discomfort, the therapist says I am doing well. The problem is I have yet to have a full night sleep since the surgery due to pain, either in my hip, groin, thigh or knee,I awaken every hour in actual pain (7 on a 1-10 scale) or cramping. During the day I usually have pain also but seemingly less ( maybe a 4). I walk with a cane and pronounced limp. I saw my surgeon 2 weeks after the surgery he took xrays and said everything looked fine, when I mentioned the pain he said it would go away. It hasn't as of yet.
I am totally frustrated!!!!!!
Rich Forster

Nixa, MO

#8 Jul 29, 2012
I had anterior hip surgery July 18 at 1pm and went home the next day at 3pm, 26 hours later. I am almost 11 days into rehab at home doing my own PT everyday and walking often throughout the house with a walker very couple hours. The only pain I have had is near the incision and it is improving daily. I only take an occasional IB profin. I still need the walker to be sure but I think I am only a few days away from using a cane.

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#9 Aug 4, 2012
The best thing you should do is to consult your doctor about your health condition. The various pains you are feeling may be caused by several factors.

ThatÂ’s why you should undergo a medical examination and you should tell your doctor your health history, so that proper diagnosis will be determined.

For more information about hip problems, refer to http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com
Gillian

UK

#10 Oct 29, 2012
I had a minimally invasive THR here in the UK Sept. 4, 2012. After 2 nights in hospital I came home. Compared to my husband's post-op progress after 2 THRs and a reconstruction, I have far more movement and no restrictions. But, the amount of soft tissue discomfort has been great, and walking outdoors gives me knee pain. I do exercises at home 2Xday, and the joint movement is good. The muscle pain does not seem to be lessening, though. I walk in the woods without a cane and there is no limp. That's good, of course, but I so wish I could see an end to discomfort. Does this resonate with anyone else?
Diane

Thame, UK

#11 Dec 1, 2012
Hi Gillian: I had an AMIS hip on 18 Oct in the UK. I am just 6 weeks post surgery. I have muscle pain and stiffness in the front of my thigh, near the surgical site and down the side of my leg, my physio just started laser therapy, which is really helping and I see a therapeutic masseur for massage. I am much less stiff, walk well without any support now. I would really recommend a great physio and massage plus cycling on a stationery bike with no resistance, that has really helped my stiffness too.

The main thing that bothers me now is cramps/spasms in the groin/surgical site after lying for any time - ie in the middle of the night. This makes my leg shoot straight out or if its bent shoots the knee up. My physio thinks laser therapy will help and that its all down to the inflammation.

I'm sure it will be better by now anyway but if its not try laser and massage. Hope that helps. Diane
Gillian wrote:
I had a minimally invasive THR here in the UK Sept. 4, 2012. After 2 nights in hospital I came home. Compared to my husband's post-op progress after 2 THRs and a reconstruction, I have far more movement and no restrictions. But, the amount of soft tissue discomfort has been great, and walking outdoors gives me knee pain. I do exercises at home 2Xday, and the joint movement is good. The muscle pain does not seem to be lessening, though. I walk in the woods without a cane and there is no limp. That's good, of course, but I so wish I could see an end to discomfort. Does this resonate with anyone else?

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#12 Dec 2, 2012
Deidra wrote:
Other than my PT saying I am "on track" I have nothing to compare myself to (expect what I read online). I am 9 weeks 2 days ago, and still walk with a limp unless I really focus. It is not what I would call pain, but just really sore, the entire front of my thigh (when I bear weight on that leg). I am a previously active 54 year old (horseback riding 4-6 days a week, gardening, and caring for 3 kids) but I seem to be less than able to walk without some limp. I used a cane until almost 7 weeks, not "normal" I would say for anterior approach. The other forum that I joined for general hip replacement patients just tells me that everyone is going to recover at a different rate, yeah, I get that, but I expected to be able to walk without a limp and discomfort by now. No incision pain by the way, a tiny bit of joint pain if I really push myself, but that is to be expected. My entire anterior thigh is numb but very tender under the surface like a bruise. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, Dee
Rt anterior hip replacement 3/21/2012
Deidra, how are you doing today? I also was on another forum and from what other people were saying how they were recovering so fast was depressing. Did not get rid of the cane until 8 weeks. Anterior right hip THR 3/20/12.I had lost 1/2 " in my right side so they had to lengthen it to make my legs even. Stationary bike was the best for my knee without putting pressure on hip. The only thing that was and is getting better is the thigh pain and terrible knee pain. My doctor said it was referred pain from hip. I seriously thought I might need a knee replacement as well since it was so bad. But it slowly improved.There is still some slight numbness in the front thigh area.. Nerves are not very forgiving after surgery. Everyone recovers at different rate and anyone considering a THR needs to remember that. Every day I gently massaged my thigh and behind the knee(Dr's orders) below the incision area to get the nerves stimulated. Even now if I overdo it I have stiffness behind my knee and leg gets tired. I walk, bike, workout but not back 100 percent yet. But the best thing is I have no more pain in my hip! Let me know you are doing!
Sherrie
Mindy

Philadelphia, PA

#13 Dec 10, 2012
Hola all,
I am 6 days out from having my Left Anterior THR. I am in a great deal of pain, but my mobility is good. I had my surgery at Rothman Institute. Rothman has very high expectations if their THR.
They said my first full day home(day3), I should be dressing and preparing my meals. Are they kidding!!!!!! How does one walk with a walker a carry hot liquids, plates etc!!!! I am getting very depressed, because, I in know way are meeting their goals for me.
I also have extreme pain in my thigh muscle. I could not walk well for 2 weeks before surgery because of the pain in my thought, knee, and calf and shin.
How was everyone else's recovery at day 6.
Good luck to all and feel good!!!!
Monamona

London, UK

#14 Dec 11, 2012
I had a THR on the 13november have no pain like I had before but still have some shin pain which stops me from having a full nights sleep , apart from that I am good ,anyone else got the same and how do you cope with it ? Thanks
Betty

Los Angeles, CA

#15 Dec 17, 2012
11 days post op THR I have discontinued pain meds and meds for nausea 3 days ago. Hard to sleep due to pain in new hip area and am dealing with nausea! I lost 13 lbs. I cannot stand the smell of food! Reason why I decided to fix my. Icy of Ll the hemicLs
Betty

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Dec 17, 2012
Betty Jean 11 days post op THR I have discontinued pain meds and meds for nausea 3 days ago. Hard to sleep due to pain in new hip area and am dealing with nausea! I lost 13 lbs. I cannot stand the smell of food! Reason why I decided to discontinue the meds.
Jack

Greenwood, CA

#18 Jan 7, 2013
I'm 56 y/o male, active prior to surgery. Now 3 weeks post Anterior LTHR.Spent 2 nights in the hospital, 3 nights at a local nursing rehab since I live alone. Pain meds stopped at a week, too nauseating & can someone say constipation? Injected Lovenox for 10 days to thin blood, now taking 1 aspirin, Vit C, Iron, laxative 2x/day. Advised not to take IB yet. Incision was glued, healing but skin doesn't align??? Still numb on top of thigh 4-5" directly above incision site and it feels bruised although it's not. Daily exercises 2-3x/day for leg. Hardest exercises (ie, most pain) are lifting leg up when I'm either laying or sitting down. After 3 weeks, I started driving & using stationary bike (just sitting, no standing) every other day for 1/2 hour. After another week will increase to 1 hour.
Jim

Hudson, WI

#19 Jan 10, 2013
I am 50,3 weeks post anterior hip replacement, sleep is a huge issue and the numbness below the inscision and ocasional bee sting pain is driving me crazy!
Marianing K

Los Angeles, CA

#20 Jan 11, 2013
It is important that you seek medical advice on this matter. This also applies to those with recurring hip pains. In relation to this, be informed that Johnson&Johnson has already implemented the ASR Hip Replacement Recall. The recalled ASR devices have been found to loosen before bones can grow around the hip implant to keep the implant in place. According to medical professionals, bones cannot develop properly due to the movement of the implant and may cause patients to experience limping, pain and trouble walking. See http://www.depuysettlements.com
Jimmy

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Jan 14, 2013
I'm 49 years old & 4 weeks post op of a right hip replacement. After the first 3 weeks i was doing great, walking without assistance climbing stairs with no problem and so on...then the pain started. First in my thigh and knee. Now i have what feels like a pinched nerve. Shooting pain up and down my leg. I'm back using the cane and having trouble sleeping. Sometimes i cannot even put weight on my leg. X-rays look fine. Does anyone else have this type of pain.
Jimmy

Cincinnati, OH

#22 Jan 14, 2013
Jim wrote:
I am 50,3 weeks post anterior hip replacement, sleep is a huge issue and the numbness below the inscision and ocasional bee sting pain is driving me crazy!
Jim, What do you mean by "bee sting pain"? Are having any knee or thigh pain?

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