longer leg after hip replacement
anne

AOL

#81 Jul 19, 2009
Having trouble sleeping because of terrible pain at night when I lie down. It is in my hip area and thigh. ANyone have this ? I am almost six weeks post op.
angie

Liverpool, UK

#82 Jul 30, 2009
san wrote:
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Hi Linda I also have been left with a 30mm difference and have still not been given a lift on my shoes, did you have your op in chorley near preston? the difference in my leg length is
driving me mad. I also get a lot of pain.
Hi . I also have been left with over 1" difference and my op was 13wks ago and still not a mention of shoe raise . I have also been left with a disk prolapse at L4 and im extreme nerve pain in my foot , its like walking on glass . my surgery was in wrightington hospital . Does anyone have any good advise for me please ? im on loads of pain meds which are making me feel sick and i still cannot walk on new hip coz of the foot pain .
Mary Mcqueen

Marietta, GA

#83 Aug 5, 2009
Leg Discrepancy after Right Hip Replacement Ė 2006 (Female)

In the second week of my recovery, I noticed that my new hip leg (Right) was unusually longer then before. I had the visiting nurse measure me out and she said it was ĺ inch. My surgeon has consistently blown this off and doesnít want to talk about it. I should have been more insistent early on with him but the pain of the hip prior to replacement had been so bad, that I found my self thankful of the relief.
This situation has gotten worse. On each annual visit for re-check, I brought this up and only got a script for a shoe lift. I tried this for the first year to no avail. You canít put a lift of more than ľ inch in the shoe because you canít stay in it while walking. Then I went to having the heel cut down on the long leg on my dress shoes. You can never get it right. Now Iím into having the short leg shoe built up. Itís expensive and then your short leg is very ďclunkyĒ and it causes you to trip. Just add that much rubber to a tennis shoe and you stick to everything, itís dangerous. Plus, you can only buy shoes with certain soles as the glue wonít stick to some of them.
It has now been 3 and Ĺ years since the hip replacement. Because my gait is off, the rest of my body has tried to compensate. Now the good hip hurts, the left foot has pain and the arch is dropping. The left leg is taking all the weight. My knees hurt. I canít walk without pain. My chiropractor says Iím a mess all crooked etc. This is affecting my quality of life. If I had been smart I would have made him redo it back then. Donít these doctors measure you out? My life is miserable and Iím so tired from the pain. Does anybody out there have this problem? Has anybody had it re-done? I am in the Atlanta area and need to get this situation fixed. Does anyone know a surgeon that can remedy this? Now Iím thinking of getting the other hip done if the surgeon can level me out. Iím wearing it down anyway because the short leg gets the pressure.
Pennie

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#84 Nov 9, 2009
Hello everyone
I am just three weeks post THR on right hip and devasted by the disappointment that I have a leg length prob, like yourselves.
My family & manager do not understand why I am scared I will not be getting back to normal as expected. The surgeon did not explain the risk of this happening at all in consultation & I am still in shock.
Have read all your posts & am still hoping it's early days yet but it is so hard.
Mary

AOL

#85 Jan 21, 2010
I had a left total hip replacement in 2008. I noticed my left leg felt longer than my right. I went back to my Dr. and informed him of how I felt but he said it did not look longer and looked fine.
Now it is January 2010 and I am in the worst pain on my right foot. None of the Doctors at Kaiser seem to know what the problem is. The foot Doctor, the Nerve Doctor, my own Doctor. After walking on a leg that is now lower for this amount of time, DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE! So, I recommend that you do not let this go because it will cause problems in the future. Where am I at this point, I do not know. Still going to Doctors to find a solution.
MARY

AOL

#86 Jan 21, 2010
ELB wrote:
I just had my left hip replaced last week, and now my left leg is an full inch longer than my right leg. Anyone else experience this, and does it lessen over time as the leg heals?
Can you tell me if you feel any pain on your other foot? The lower one.
MARY

AOL

#87 Jan 21, 2010
MARY wrote:
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Can you tell me if you feel any pain on your other foot? The lower one.
I now walk with a limp, and my other lower foot hurts non stop. If I put a pad in my shoe below my heel it helps a little but it has already damaged nerves and whatever else by walking with one leg higher than the other. The pain is like a burning sensation, shooting pain up your leg and foot, numbness, swelling. Its hurts really bad. I wish this would of been taken care of right after my surgery.
sharon

Liverpool, UK

#88 Jan 22, 2010
san wrote:
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Hi Linda I also have been left with a 30mm difference and have still not been given a lift on my shoes, did you have your op in chorley near preston? the difference in my leg length is driving me mad. I also get a lot of pain.
Hi my leg length is over 1 and a half inch , i have shoe raise on outside and also 1 inside and my foot just falls out . My main problem is nerve damage that happened in surgery . I have had nerve conduction test done and it was diagnosed . The pain i have is unbearable and have been told that nerves regenerate at 1mm a day , so it gonna take over 2 yrs to see what im left with . Has anyone else got these problems ?
Pennie

Manchester, UK

#89 Jan 23, 2010
Hello again
Well, I saw my surgeon for post op & he explained that my bone structure/pelvic cavity was so small he had to use smallest joint but even that was too large so that is why he had to stretch leg. He said he did not shorten as that can weaken the femur & make it vulnerable to fracture. He apologised that this has happened to me & said it only happens in 1% of patients.
I go see him again Tuesday & he is going to check then refer me for shoe aid. I am now classed by our work department as having "a limited capacity for work" & have had had to leave the job I have done for 10 years as it requires full physical fitness.
My right knee is now a lot worse due to the extra stress this has caused to joint so whole thing total nightmare. However my hip joint had been such agony & had deteriorated so much I could not have gone with it left.
One thing I'm grateful for is meeting you all here & finding I am not alone. Most others I know have had completely successful ops so this forum is an important place for me.
Thank you
Joan

Sherman Oaks, CA

#90 Jan 26, 2010
Barbara wrote:
I have 3 centimeters (approximately an inch and an eighth!) difference between my operated and unoperated leg. They were even before the surgery. It is driving me nuts. I have a one 1/8 lift on the outside of my sneaker! The only pair of shoes that I can wear! Shouldn't the surgeon know your pelvis is tilted before he does surgery?
Your pelvis is tilted due to the leg being longer, after repeated therapy and going to the Dr., he finally has stated I indeed have a leg discrepency and I was not told that I would have a problem, no no heels, guess I will have to go the shoe repair, this is unacceptable to me -- mine is 2 cm off (longer)
pam

Sherman Oaks, CA

#91 Jan 26, 2010
Your pelvis is not tilted due to the leg being higher, I was repeatedly told by my physcial therapist that it is due to my length. No no heels I am going to go to the shoe repair, see if he can work something out. He measured my leg and after seeing another Dr., which measured it at 2cmm he agreed I had a length discrepancy, but once again he stated only 1cmm, at the end he states you know that is acceptable within medical practice, bull ------
Pam

Sherman Oaks, CA

#92 Jan 26, 2010
I meant to say it was due to leg length that you pelvis is tilted, talk to the therapist and see it in the xray
Pam

Sherman Oaks, CA

#93 Jan 26, 2010
Also, states well your other hip is also bad, told him it does not hurt me and as of right now I do not intend to have another hip replacement, you think they make the leg longer preparing for the next operation they want you to have, just my opinion. I would not advise anyone unless they cant walk to have one. Loose weight but alternative and exercise.
Pennie

Birmingham, UK

#94 Jan 26, 2010
Ok - I saw surgeon again today & he openly admitted this time that he had not got all the right equipment available for my op ( right joint sizes etc) but has now ordered in so no-one else will have same prob! I DON'T BELIEVE IT! How DARE he say that & not think I will not now sue! I believe he was telling me this as he has been budgeted by hosp & actually WANTS me to complain. Well - I will & I would advise you ALL to do the same. They are treating us as fools and we are paying for it.
Response welcome please?
MARY

AOL

#95 Jan 26, 2010
I went back to visit another hip replacement Dr. at Kaiser last Friday. I explained the length difference after my surgery in 2007. He recommended that I wear tennis shoes for the rest of my life. This was not acceptable. I wasted a co-payment of $25.00 for this? Tomorrow I have an appointment to see a foot specialist. This is so crazy.
John Collins

Fort Walton Beach, FL

#96 Jan 29, 2010
I had a total hip replacement and my right foot set to the right of my body and I walk with a limp.
It has been almost two years. Will I always have the limp? Also, I have pain and heavy soreness when I sit too long, on my feet too long or ride in an automobile more than an hour. Will these things ever go away?
MARY

AOL

#97 Jan 29, 2010
I saw a different foot Dr. on Wednesday, Jan. 27. He noticed that walking on my non-surgery leg was the problem because the surgery leg was longer. I TOLD THEM THIS RIGHT AFTER MY SURGERY BUT THEY DIDN'T CARE. After the examination and more X-Rays, he stated that the pain on my foot was caused by this and the nerve on the bottom of my foot was pulling and it also fractured the bone on my inner,left side of my foot. My foot and bone was turning inwards. So........he put me in a Moon Boot and put me on crutches. The short term is to wear the boot and crutches for one month and to keep the weight off my right leg. The long term is that I have to wear platforms on my shoes for the rest of my life. Had I started wearing the platforms on my shoes shortly after surgery, this would of prevented the damage done to the nerve and fractured bone to my foot. And also the PAIN that I have suffered. Since wearing the boot and keeping the weight off my short leg, my foot no longer throbs with pain. I am so glad that I was persistant and demanded better treatment. If not I would of gone with the Dr. I saw at Kaiser last week and I'd be wearing tennis shoes and be in pain for the rest of my life.
Hans

Prague, Czech Republic

#98 Mar 16, 2010
I had a hip replacement (left side) 3 months ago and when i woke up the next morning my new leg was about 2 inches longer, my Pelvis was twisted, now it is down to 1 inch, I hang upside down from the other leg, I push my hip against the wall, I do anything to fix it, the Chiropracter did not help much. Now I have pain in my left knee and I limp. wish me luck, I am a tennis player. I guess I have to wait a few more months.
MARY

AOL

#99 Mar 16, 2010
You may want to let the Dr. know this is a concern for you. Can you imagine putting all that pressure on the foot with the short leg? It sounds like it already is causing problems. Can you imagine what will happen later in years? I can no longer go to an attorney as it has been over 1 year (statue of limitations in California). Please don't wait another month. This is your body and if you don't take of of it who will?
Pennie

Birmingham, UK

#100 Mar 16, 2010
Well I have put in an official complaint to my hospital & also am taking legal action as my surgeon has admitted this outcome is completely avoidable & only occured due to lack of correct size joints being available. I advise all of you to do the same.

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