My Anterior Hip Replacement Experience
Kay

Ocilla, GA

#836 Feb 2, 2011
Had anterior hip replacement on Friday and was walking around hospital 2 hours later. Unbelievable. Came home on Saturday morning, walking with walker, went out for tea, doing exercises at home and no problems.

Yesterday, Tuesday started to develop swelling from Thigh to knee...anyone else had this happen? Have a call in now to MD to determine if this is unusual.
Kay

Ocilla, GA

#837 Feb 3, 2011
Kay wrote:
Had anterior hip replacement on Friday and was walking around hospital 2 hours later. Unbelievable. Came home on Saturday morning, walking with walker, went out for tea, doing exercises at home and no problems.
Yesterday, Tuesday started to develop swelling from Thigh to knee...anyone else had this happen? Have a call in now to MD to determine if this is unusual.
Ok, this swelling is common. It could be that I have felt so wonderful I just did way....too much. Last 2 days I have stayed home, excercised and rested. Walking with cane for the last 2 days. Stiff from not moving so much but very happy with no pain. Dr. DeCook is terrific. Of course his message was that maybe I should rest for a couple of days but not being in pain that's hard to do. Just happy to be mobile and free of pain. I'm thinking the continuous change of cold freezing weather isn't helping with the stiffness either. Either way I am loving my new hip. This is day 6.
Helen

AOL

#838 Feb 3, 2011
Helen wrote:
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Hi Susie,
For the most part I do not have the pain while I'm up walking around during the day. Sometimes I can't even tell that I've had it done. I know the weather has something to do with it and we've had a very cold winter ! I do have pain during the day sometimes that goes from my buttock to my groin area and it's usually if I bend over. The pain/s usually come when I sit or lay down in the evening or in the morning when I'm stiff.
Helen
Hi Susie,

I went for my new pains and I have no idea what is wrong and left w/o a diagnosis.
You can e-mail me at [email protected] and I'll e-mail you back from the address I usually use. I'll put my name in the subject line.
Helen
scp

Louisville, KY

#839 Feb 3, 2011
Anyone have any comments to share about your experience with MOM hips (metal on metal)and/or COC
(ceramic on ceramic).
If so, please indicate age.
I am a 57 year old male needing both hips (bone-to-bone)and likely to do with the Anterior surgery.
I know the pros and cons of the different materials but wondering about someones actual experiences.
Diane

Bronx, NY

#840 Feb 4, 2011
Has anyone had the anterior hip replacement with Dr. Michael Alexiades at the NYC Hospital for special Surgery? How did it go and how was your recovery?
Steve

Springfield, VA

#841 Feb 4, 2011
Ok, I am probably going to get jumped all over on this statement, however, that has never stopped me before.

Anyone with a brain in their head, that they use, would be really, really dumb not to go with the anterior hip replacement as opposed to posterior, in my opinion.

After watching my friends go through the "old fashioned way" and comparing that to what I went through with my anterior (at age 70) there is no doubt which is better for recovery time (hours/days instead of months), pain control(minimal to none as opposed to lots and lots)and what one can/cannot do after recovery (no restrictions).

There should be no argument regarding which is better. Just get in the best physical shape you possibly can and then go for the anterior. It is really a "no brainer".

We (those in this country) should be asking why this procedure has been used in Europe for over 60 years and yet has only relatively recently been introduced into this country?
MONA R BARROCAS

Newark, NJ

#842 Feb 4, 2011
Steve,
I agree, agree, agree. Just take it easy a little bit. Some people never heard of the anterior approach and some have to do their research (as I did) to finally find out that that is the way to go. Had two hip replacements with Dr. Corey Burak, one last April and the second one in September. Hip hip horray for the anterior approach.
Anonymous

Picayune, MS

#843 Feb 11, 2011
I am also contemplating the anterior aproach. In fact, I was absolutely set on it. But then I read that the reason they have on those space suits in the anterior surgery is not for infection but for the x-ray(fluroscope) they use with it. Is his used throughout or just at the end for the leg length? Does anyone know? Is the radiation a concern for anyone?
Steve

Atlanta, GA

#844 Feb 11, 2011
MagnoliaMiss wrote:
I am also contemplating the anterior aproach. In fact, I was absolutely set on it. But then I read that the reason they have on those space suits in the anterior surgery is not for infection but for the x-ray(fluroscope) they use with it. Is his used throughout or just at the end for the leg length? Does anyone know? Is the radiation a concern for anyone?
Now that you mention it, this might explain the glow people say I have!

I wasn't awake during the procedure so I don't have a clue about space suits. Hey, even if there is some radiation and I don't know there is any, it can't be more than the posterior approach, can it? As I said above, this procedure is a no brainer.
Gigi Tucson AZ

Tucson, AZ

#845 Feb 11, 2011
My Doctor said, it is for leg lentgh and maybe for looking at the procedure while in process. I don't think it can be all that bad. I've had so many x-rays over the last several years. I hope it's no big deal (x-rays that is). Wished we could get more info on the subject, those of us that are not medically experienced. I have a THR schduled for Mardch 3rd. I'll let everyone know how things go.
Gigi
Kristy

Cincinnati, OH

#846 Feb 12, 2011
I am 2 weeks out from anterior approach. I am doing ok, as far as the new hip goes. My problem is that I have some nervous damage due to the surgery. Has anyone had any nerve problems and if so, did it take long to go away, if at all. It is very frustrating that the surgery went great and due to touching or stretching the nerve when getting the leg length correct this occured. I'm 42 and just can't imagine living the rest of my life with this! Thanks for any information!
Bob - NY

Buffalo, NY

#847 Feb 12, 2011
Kristy, I had the anterior approach done in December. I have numbness around the incision which is to be expected. Hip is great.Nerve damage sounds serious. How do you know it is nerve damage?
Paddy

Cathedral City, CA

#848 Feb 13, 2011
Does anyone know of a good Dr. in San Diego County that does the anterior hip method. Thanks.
Judy from Suffern

AOL

#849 Feb 13, 2011
Kristy wrote:
I am 2 weeks out from anterior approach. I am doing ok, as far as the new hip goes. My problem is that I have some nervous damage due to the surgery. Has anyone had any nerve problems and if so, did it take long to go away, if at all. It is very frustrating that the surgery went great and due to touching or stretching the nerve when getting the leg length correct this occured. I'm 42 and just can't imagine living the rest of my life with this! Thanks for any information!
Kristy ...did you find out anything? What does your doctor say?
Is it very painful?
Debbie Kolesar

Philadelphia, PA

#850 Feb 13, 2011
I want to thank everyone for their valuable input on DAA THR on this thread. I am now 4 weeks post op and danced the electric slide at a wedding last night!

Something I've never seen mentioned is the method of incision closure. I assumed I would have staples and need a nurse to remove them and was not relishing the idea after having them for another surgery years ago - gaping incison and some came loose and caught on my clothes plus not allowed to get wet, so no showering. Well I was so pleased to find that I had been glued together and the incision had some sort of plastic film over it. No nurse needed to remove anything and I was able to shower as soon as I got home which was 36 hours after surgery.

I was off the walker in 1 week on the treadmill on day 7 and off the cane in another week. I can sleep on the operated leg and can just reach my foot to tie my shoe (not even close presurgery!)

I see the surgeon this week and hope everything he sees on the XRay will be fine (did I do too much and the cup had slipped?? would I feel it if it had?) Hopefully just normal paranoia because everything feels just fine.

Direct anterior is the only way to go!!!
Kristy

Cincinnati, OH

#851 Feb 13, 2011
Judy it is EXTREMELY painful! I did so much research on this whole procedure and no where did I really see much on nerve damage. I will see the surgeon this week and see what he has to say. It is so frustrating. Nerve damage is not fun and should def be taken into consideration. I just hope it is temporary and not permanant. I also wish that someone else had some experience with this so I could get feedback positive or negative! I'm taken lots of meds with lots of side effects! UGH!
beachlover2

Tucson, AZ

#852 Feb 14, 2011
Dr. Featheringill preformed my surgery on Jan. 24, 2011. I am doing great. You do not need to be scared. This is the right dr. for you. He is wonderful. I am doing my PT and it is going really well. Good luck to you. Don't worry...this is a good thing.
Jim

United States

#853 Feb 14, 2011
The space suit is not for radiation it is to prevent infection.
Angela M

Taylorsville, KY

#854 Feb 14, 2011
Hi, Kristy,

I'm 37 and experienced some nerve pain after my hip replacement in April 2009. For several weeks after the surgery, I had "hot" nerve pain around the incision site. Ice packs helped to ease the discomfort. I also had "shooting" nerve pain up and down the leg off and on for a couple of months from the netve being stretched After about 3 months, it went away. I still have some sciatic nerve pain when I overdo it.
Kristy wrote:
I am 2 weeks out from anterior approach. I am doing ok, as far as the new hip goes. My problem is that I have some nervous damage due to the surgery. Has anyone had any nerve problems and if so, did it take long to go away, if at all. It is very frustrating that the surgery went great and due to touching or stretching the nerve when getting the leg length correct this occured. I'm 42 and just can't imagine living the rest of my life with this! Thanks for any information!
Angela M

Taylorsville, KY

#855 Feb 14, 2011
I have Smith and Nephew ceramic on ceramic in both hips. Both replacements were done in 2009 when I was 35. I havent had any problems with them. No squeeking at all. I'm female and may want to have more children, so I choose the ceramic. My doc recommended it for me as well for other reasons. Good luck to you!
scp wrote:
Anyone have any comments to share about your experience with MOM hips (metal on metal)and/or COC
(ceramic on ceramic).
If so, please indicate age.
I am a 57 year old male needing both hips (bone-to-bone)and likely to do with the Anterior surgery.
I know the pros and cons of the different materials but wondering about someones actual experiences.

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