Falling after hip replacement

Falling after hip replacement

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Kaneohe, HI

#1 Jan 3, 2012
I am 49 years old and had a total hip replacment on Dec 1 2011 due to AVN. The original pain is gone, just recovering from the surgery itself. My issue is that I keep falling. The 1st fall was about one week after surgery, while in rehab, I stood up and just passed out. Didn't dislocate the hip. The next time, my feet began sliding, while i was standing at the vanity in the bathroom, this was about one and half weeks later. Ended up doing a full split. Still didn't dislocate anything. Today, I fell again, another total split. hit the floor pretty hard...I am so frustrated because I cannot break the falls. It's as if my leg and brain are not connected. I just cannot stop the fall. Everytime I fall I feel as if I put myself back about a week. So frustated, yet blessed that I haven't dislocated the hip.

I was just wondering if anyone else is having this problem?

San Jose, CA

#2 Jan 31, 2012
Falling after hip replacement is really alarming because we never know if it will have a big impact on the surgery, it is best that you consult a doctor. See http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/

Chicago, IL

#3 Feb 10, 2012
Most people have found problems after having hip replacement surgery. Falls were also common, it may be due to the loosening of the system. Know more about it at http://www.depuyhipreplacementlawsuit.com .

Since: May 12

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#4 Jun 20, 2012
Yeah! problems occur after hip surgery due to faulty and defective hip devices which is very alarming nowadays. See http://www.rotlaw.com/depuy-pinnacle so you can get some information with different cases for some patients.

Nantucket, MA

#5 Jun 27, 2012
It's all about the surgeon - experience, experience, experience. I had total hip replacement surgery 6 weeks ago. I haven't had any problems with balance, strength, pain......nothing. Yesterday I went to get my toenails trimmed at a place I had never been before. They had me sit down in a big leather swivel chair which I assumed was attached to the floor. Not so.....when I got up and pushed off with the arms, it turned out to be on wheels and rolled right out from under me and I went splat on the floor, right on my butt. I hit my head on the glass top table, knee on the wood table end. Everyone came running and a woman said you have to get on all fours to get up and someone made a sling out of their arms around my waist to help me. I was scared to death, but no problems other than a couple of bruises. My surgeon told me: "You cannot undo what I have done and my hip is perfect. Make sure you get a top surgeon at a top hospital. New England Baptist in Boston is the best. Travel if you have to to get it done right.

Idaho Falls, ID

#6 Oct 5, 2012
More than 1,800 hip replacement lawsuits are pending in the multidistrict litigation now underway in U.S District Court for the Northern District of Texas, media reports say, confirming the trial will be held before Judge Kinkeade. All of the lawsuits allege the metal-on-metal version of the hip implant caused recipients to suffer severe, painful complications, including the need for revision surgery. For more information, you may refer to http://www.depuypinnaclelawsuit.com/hip-repla... .
laura jem


#7 Jan 31, 2013
i have had both hips replaced within a year of each other. all pain gone - fantastic! trouble is since 2nd one last august i'v been stumbling regularly then a week ago fell very badly, leaving me with near concussion & a very black eye. i've been walking loads to exercise the muscles etc., but my confidence is shaken - i'm 61 years "young" - but feeling very old & silly @ mo.

Cinebar, WA

#8 Feb 27, 2013
I fell in rehab face first into the night stand. Then first week home fell again put me back to day one. Depressing not sure if it's the pain meds or weakness. Replies please

Canonsburg, PA

#9 Mar 9, 2013
I had my firsth ip replacement in 2010 and never had a problem. Did so well after it. I had to have the other hip replaced this year. The doctor is very important. I have a wonderful doctor. After I had the firs one done and the pain started in my other hip I did not hesitate to go back to him. I als took a tumble getting out of the bathtub about 2 and 1/2 weeks after I had this one done. The hip replacement I had done this time was the anterior approach. I still can't decide which one was better.

Los Angeles, CA

#10 Apr 4, 2013
Find the best neuro/spine surgeon you can find.
Have that doctor check you out for TEAM Disease.
Good Luck!

Oceanside, CA

#11 Apr 22, 2013
look up "leg suck" before you buy a 3 wheel recumbent bike. I just saved you a broken leg or worse. Gain from my experience and perform an act of random kindness.

San Jose, CA

#12 May 2, 2013
From your account, I think this problem needs immediated action. The next time it may happen may cause serious problems which may only add more risks to you. So you better check your doctor immediately. Meanwhile, you may want to learn about possible problems after surgery by referring to articles found in depuysettlements.com .

Lagrange, OH

#13 Aug 14, 2013
My mother is 88 and had a hip replacement. She was recuperating very well. While in the rehab place she felt in the bathroom and broke the other hip. She had a plate and screws put in the other hip. She is not feeling well. She looks very pail. What should I do? What should I expect?

Ashburn, VA

#14 Nov 17, 2013
I had my right hip replaced 3years ago. While I had no more pain in my hip, I fell in the bathtub about two weeks ago and I can't sit or lay on it. I also have one leg longer than the other that causes a lot of back pain when I walk.

Chantilly, VA

#15 Dec 13, 2013
It is vital that you report this to your doctor. Have your hip replacement device checked. You should also undergo a physical examination to check on the causes and effects of your constant falling. Also, you should know that there exists defective hip devices such as the recalled Stryker products. Ask your doctor about this. You can find more info here: http://strykerhipreplacementlawsuit.blog.com/

Portland, OR

#16 Feb 12, 2014
Today I am 3 months post surgery and still not able to walk or bear weight on my own. I am only 56 yrs old and originally thought that my surgery was extremely successful. The hip pain is gone but the 'new' side is at least 1.5 inches longer which causes me to stumble easily. I have now fallen 4 times and am not convinced that something else is wrong. Yesterday the ortho told me that my pelvis is fractured - after giving it significant thought I wonder if he didn't fracture it during surgery! It makes sense. I have not been able to weight bear or to walk since the surgery. This just doesn't add up in terms of my age and compliance with all aspects of my p.t.
Rosemarie Weidhaas

Hawley, PA

#17 Apr 17, 2014
I had a right hip replaced in 2010. After all this time, it hurts more than before the surgery. Now I am falling---fell backwards and landed on a huge rock. It's a miracle I didn't break anything. I am sore after almost a week since the incident. In general, my balance is way off----a bit afraid to drive.

Santa Monica, CA

#18 Apr 17, 2014
It's a real crapshoot...people talk about getting best doc, etc....as I see it once they open us up, remove bones, etc. put new parts in....and mess tisue and everything....we are left to deal with it all.

I'm like Rosmarie, I had a right anterior in Oct 2010, and worse than ever....stability is awful, right side of body is much shorter....I wear a 1/2" lift in my shoe but that does not do much, but maybe a little.

I know a lady who fell and had an emergency hip replacement and had no choice in surgeon and I hear she is doing well.....haven't talked to her recently but I said, it's a crapshoot. For me things went DOWNHILL, 5 months post op,

I've fallen a couple times in my apt but just shaken and don't think it hurt the replacement...a friend who had posterior about 4 months before me has had 2 hard falls outside wth fractures in foot.

Makes me think those who do NOT want these replacements, are probably WISER.....

My mom would NEVER let anyone open her up....she was wiser than I realized. She had nasty OA but never wanted opened up.

Albany, NY

#19 May 19, 2014
I fell 3weeks ago, right on my right hip, replaced 2years ago.....I felt fine at the time but within a few hrs, had some discomfort at the site.....since then I've had pain in my right buttock and right groin.....Advil helps but Im afraid to continue taking it. I'm also afraid to go to the doctor because I had both hips replaced and had a difficult time with the 2nd one...and am afraid of qnymore surgery if anything is broken or dislodged.......Could this pain be just a sciatic nerve tear, or torn muscle or something simple that could be fixed arthroscopicly or with PT......Im 77 yrs old and terrified of anymore surgery.......

Greeley, CO

#20 Jun 19, 2014
My left hip replacement lasted for 24 years but finally wore out. On April 7, I had a total hip revision which the doctor said was not an easy procedure due to the condition of the surrounding bone and I was 7 hours on the operating table. My biggest fear is that I have osteoporosis and am afraid of falling. Therefore, although my physical therapist has given me the okay to start walking on my own, I nevertheless feel more secure using a cane for the fear of falling and breaking my hip bone.

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