aKansasGuy

Manhattan, KS

#121 Apr 7, 2011
wendy grocott wrote:
Has anyone experienced swollen feet after their hipop how long does this last?
me too! had replacement on left hip 7 weeks ago.... both legs and feet a bit swollen. Left leg 1" longer than the right, as much as an inch.

Have no idea what to do about it, but I'm not going through another surgery - this was a bitch.

Since: Jun 09

Louisville, CO

#122 Apr 7, 2011
I am 4 weeks post op on my left hip. Yes, the left leg is longer; doc said about 2 cm. He also said it would even out and that he didn't want me to get a lift in my right show at this point.
Chuck

United States

#123 Apr 8, 2011
I need hip replacement my left legg is 1 inch shorter then my right will that even out after surgery?? Will i be able to jog after surgery?
aKansasGuy

Manhattan, KS

#124 Apr 9, 2011
Chuck wrote:
I need hip replacement my left legg is 1 inch shorter then my right will that even out after surgery?? Will i be able to jog after surgery?
2 months since THP - doc told me no horse back riding, running (jogging), jumping, climbing ladders, no being on roofs. At 8 months out from THP, I have another checkup and he will let me know then what I can and can't do.
aKansasGuy

Manhattan, KS

#125 Apr 9, 2011
Tim wrote:
I had my first THR (left) in October 2004. It went okay, but a year before I was relatively pain free. My second THR (right) was done in December 2007. HORRIBLE. I told the surgeon something was wrong. It did not feel right. My leg was also almost an inch longer. Bone scans and x-rays showed possible loosening. For 18 months I was in agony with the doctor pooh-poohing me, saying nothing was wrong. After three more doctors, I found one who believed my and the evidence. The new surgeon performed a complete revision surgery.
Firstly, the parts the original doctor implanted were recalled in January of 2008. The doctor knew this. Next, the original doctor used the wrong length prosthesis. Next, there was NO BONY INGROWTH into the prosthesis. Finally, the acetabular cup was loose.
Within three months of having the revision surgery, I was COMPLETELY PAIN FREE! My legs were the same length again.
As a precaution, I'm having he original left hip replacement looked at by my new doctor.
My advice to anyone with these issues is: SUE THE PANTS OFF OF THE MANUFACTURER AND SURGEON.
Who was your new surgeon performed a complete revision surgery? I think I want an opinion from him also.
Thanks,
Bob
portland

Portland, OR

#126 Jun 22, 2011
ELB wrote:
My doctor, after careful measuring, agreed the discrepancy was unacceptable. He offered to shorten my leg by removing the (femur) prosthesis and inserting a smaller one in a second surgery three weeks after the first surgery. For anyone considering this, sooner is better than later. I couldn't be happier; any difference is not now noticeable. And six months from now, he would have had to cut my femur in half vertically to remove a grown-in prosthesis.
I was thrilled to read your comment. My lld is about one inch and a 2nd opinion from a doctor within the same clinic also agreed it is unacceptable and I go in for revision surgery in 6 days. I'm nervous because I'm told it's more difficult and dislocation is easier with a revision. Please let me know how you are doing now since your post was quite awhile ago..I would really appreciate it.
portland

Portland, OR

#127 Jun 22, 2011
I was thrilled to read your comment. My lld is about one inch and a 2nd opinion from a doctor within the same clinic also agreed it is unacceptable and I go in for revision surgery in 6 days. I'm nervous because I'm told it's more difficult and dislocation is easier with a revision. Please let me know how you are doing now since your post was quite awhile ago..I would really appreciate it.
James Jemie

Indianapolis, IN

#128 Jun 24, 2011
A lot of people are in pain here.My wife had similar issues to many of you. Here's my advice: take a few important steps to determine the root of the problem first. We did and it was determined that she had sciatic nerve damage after the hip replacement.

We then immediately took legal action and were compensated $200,000 for revision surgery.

It was surprisingly easy...we took one simple step that made legal action possible and smooth. Now after her revision surgery my wife is doing better than ever before!

I suggest none let this pain slow your life down anymore. If you need help or want to learn more about what I did for my wife contact me via my personal email at:
jemieclick(at) yahoo.com
Lydia

Bronx, NY

#129 Jun 28, 2011
I am 6 weeks post-op THR, Right hip. I've been in PT for 6 weeks. My surgeon, due to my age, 50, said that since i was young, he really saw no use in sending me to PT, but...if I wanted to, he would. Thank Goodness, I had spoken to many people beforehand and they all said I should go to PT. I feel ok, but my operated leg is about 1.5 inches longer than the other leg. In order to walk without a limp, I have to walk with my legs spread apart. When i walk normally, the limp is terrible and it annoys me, my back begins to hurt, and my left heal become sore. I have to rest after 10 mins. of walking. My postop appt is in a couple of days with my surgeon. I just don't want to go thru surgery again. THR, to me, was the worst. I'd rather go thru child birth 10 times than to go thru this again. I just didn't know what to expect. Although I asked tons of people, no one really addressed my question "is it painful". They all avoided it. So, with that all said, does anyone know if my legs with eventually straighten out, even out? Or does it look like another operation is in order?
liz shaw

Didcot, UK

#130 Jun 29, 2011
hi there
i had a right hip replacement on the 4th nov 2010,i mentioned the difference a few times but no one seemed to bother with it, the physio eventually measured it and found a diffrence of an inch, i am still having severe back and left hip pain, i have been referred back to the pain clinic and suggests a tens machine, i went through all this before i wish i hadnt had it done as there has been no follow up,i have thopught of putting a letter of complaint in to the hospital but dont no if it would do any good , my family think i should take it furthur but im not sure
TB -USA

Silver Spring, MD

#131 Jun 30, 2011
I had THR 6 weeks ago. Yesterday I went for a 2nd opinion re my leg length discrepancy. The difference is between 1 to 2.5 cm. but there is not agreement among the PTs and the doc. He did tell me that 1/2 cm is still within acceptable range but anything 1 cm or more is considered a complication. I am waiting for him to discuss with my original surgeon whether the ball can be replaced with a smaller size without causing instability, and thus risk of dislocation. Six weeks is the latest one can remove the stem without a lot of damage to the femur, because after that it has grown into the bone and it's a big job to remove. I have some scoliosis, which is a "dynamic" deformity, meaning the spine's relationship to the pelvis may still shift in either direction (more discrepancy or less) over the next few months. However, I doubt it will change significantly. The doc also said "perceived" difference is usually less than 1 cm. If I find out that I cannot get a smaller ball due to instability, I will live with it and get one or two shoes with heel-to-toe outside sole insert (so the foot will strike the ground properly) and then use just a heel lift on occasions when I want to dress up and use special shoes. This is a huge disappointment but I feel I've pursued it best I can and gotten all the information I can.
wini

Waitakere, New Zealand

#132 Jul 4, 2011
ive had evascular necrosis on both my hips for the last 19 years, since the age of 12. im turning 31 this year, and still waiting to have my THR, as they say im too young etc.. when i turned 13 i had pins put in both my hips to hold my hip bones up, as they were slipping.. after surgery, i developed great stiffness around the hip area including my back, and then to make things worse i realised that my right leg was shorter, and i developed a limp that i still have now but worse. most of you have had a shorter leg after THR, has anyone had pins put in beforehand and developed a shorter leg??
Lydia

Bronx, NY

#133 Jul 13, 2011
liz shaw wrote:
hi there
i had a right hip replacement on the 4th nov 2010,i mentioned the difference a few times but no one seemed to bother with it, the physio eventually measured it and found a diffrence of an inch, i am still having severe back and left hip pain, i have been referred back to the pain clinic and suggests a tens machine, i went through all this before i wish i hadnt had it done as there has been no follow up,i have thopught of putting a letter of complaint in to the hospital but dont no if it would do any good , my family think i should take it furthur but im not sure
Please let me know how you make out with that. I'm getting the same responses. No one will say there's a difference, but everyone says, give it time, it's my imagination...
sheila

Liverpool, UK

#134 Jul 17, 2011
hi i had total hip replacement almost 2 years ago, since then my leg has been longer than the other,i keep having a lot of groin pain,my surgion kept telling me that the hips were level, inthe end i went to my doctor who measured my legs, and said there was one longer than the other, no wonder i am always getting this groin pain, i am now waiting for my shoe to be built up, i have been waiting about 10weeks, it seems no one is in a hurry to help me, does anyone know where i can buy these build ups for the shorter leg.
akansasguy

Manhattan, KS

#135 Jul 17, 2011
I went to a local prosthetics shop and they put lifts in my short leg's shoe and that worked for me.
Had a THR on the left leg in Feb - got the right one done a few weeks ago. Now both are the same length whereas before one was an inch longer.
sheila wrote:
hi i had total hip replacement almost 2 years ago, since then my leg has been longer than the other,i keep having a lot of groin pain,my surgion kept telling me that the hips were level, inthe end i went to my doctor who measured my legs, and said there was one longer than the other, no wonder i am always getting this groin pain, i am now waiting for my shoe to be built up, i have been waiting about 10weeks, it seems no one is in a hurry to help me, does anyone know where i can buy these build ups for the shorter leg.
Hipsy

Chester-le-street, UK

#136 Aug 7, 2011
MerryMac wrote:
I am 4 weeks post op on my left hip. Yes, the left leg is longer; doc said about 2 cm. He also said it would even out and that he didn't want me to get a lift in my right show at this point.
Now you are several months post-op, can you advise if the difference is less? I'm 2 weeks post op and am worried about the discrepancy in my own leg length now. Surgeon says it will settle but I'm not convinced and can't stop thinking about it!
MARY

San Mateo, CA

#137 Aug 7, 2011
Adjust your shoes because in time you will have long term problems. I found out 1 year later and now I have a collapsed arch on my right foot and is very painful. All my shoes are adjusted now and I can walk evenly but it still hurts sometimes. My surgery was on my left hip too.
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?
Joan Davidson

Torrance, CA

#138 Aug 24, 2011
Is this bothering you? Have you asked your doctor why this happened? Is this giving you pains? After reading something from this site http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/ , Iím becoming paranoid about these hip related concerns.
Joan

Mantua, NJ

#139 Aug 24, 2011
MARY wrote:
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Good for you Pennie. Good Luck!!
Pennie, did you have any success in suing your surgeon? I'm in the same boat and not sure whether to pursue this or not.
Jackie Severance

Saint Marys, PA

#140 Oct 1, 2011
Upon wakening from surgery I immediately felt better. As soon as they let me; I was out of bed only to notice my operated leg was longer! After discussing it with my physician he had explained that it was worn so badly he had to add almost an inch an a half to make my legs and hips even. After a little mileage waling has gotten better; I do notice it when I am tired though. My PT pushed extra weight and reps that were difficult one day; only to experience excruciating bone pain the length of my leg later that night. If it hurts, don't do it! It has slowed my recover down! I saw the x-rays and am confident with my doctor's choice! I feel very fortunate about the whole opportunity and wish the same for the rest of you who still suffer; good luck!

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