Hip Replacement Recovery: What to Expect, Timelines, Outcomes

Updated on April 8, 2018
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Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.
Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.

A Note From the Author

Several years ago, my uncle had total hip replacement surgery. When I searched for information about the operation and recovery, there was little to be found. So, with help from an orthopedic nurse, I wrote this article in order to provide others with an outline of what to expect.

Since publication, the article has acquired nearly 3,000 comments.

It is these comments that make the page valuable. For a purely medical perspective, there is now a wonderful resource here: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/hip-replacement-surgery

For more detailed and personal experiences, the forum (at the bottom of this page), is an invaluable resource.

The Operation

Any surgery brings its worries but hip operations are routine and the techniques are well tested. Around 300,000 operations were performed last year in the US, alone. There is a very low rate of complications and hip replacement recovery is usually very good. For many people, a return to simple activities like walking a dog without pain are the gift of a lifetime.

As long as you have chosen a reputable hospital you should be able to let your medical team conduct your aftercare with full confidence. They know what is normal and expected during recovery and what is not. As long as you keep them fully informed of how you feel, they can take the best steps to reassure you or tackle any problems.

The op will take around 3 hours.
The op will take around 3 hours.

Typical Recovery Timeline

  1. The operation. This takes up to 3 hours.
  2. You will be monitored in a recovery room until you wake up.
  3. Once you are awake and ready to move, you will be taken to your hospital room.
  4. From the first day after surgery until you leave hospital, a physical therapist will introduce you to various exercises to speed up a return to full mobility in your hip.
  5. Returning home- you can travel in a normal car, though you will need to keep your leg straight. Some people with smaller cars remove the front passenger seat of their car and sit in back. Usually this isn't necessary. Your nurse can advise.
  6. After you return home (usually between one and three days after the operation) a physical therapist will work with you 3 or 4 times a week.
  7. Staples closing the incision (or incisions) will be removed after 14 days.
  8. You will be encouraged to gradually build up the amount of exercise as the weeks pass, though it is important to avoid falling and stairs will be a problem without the help of crutches or a walker.
  9. You can start driving again about six weeks after the operation unless you are still using pain medication.
  10. Follow up visits to your surgeon are typically at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.

The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.
The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.

Full Recovery

For many people, their new hip is a joy to use after only three months. They can walk long distances, cycle and even hike up mountains. For others, recovery might take longer- perhaps even a full year. This depends on many factors like pre-operation fitness, age, weight, discipline in following exercises routines etc. Certainly, the more closely you follow medical advice and the more you talk to your doctor, the more likely you will recover at an optimal rate.

Lifetime of Replacement Hip

Technology is always advancing and hip replacements are lasting longer and longer. A recent study found that the majority of hip replacements installed twenty five years ago are still fully functional.

The lifetime of new prosthetics is expected to be even longer.

Complications of Hip Replacement Surgery

Blood clots in the leg need to be carefully managed by the medical team with medication and special stockings.

About 2 percent of patients will suffer a serious infection. This usually results from bacteria entering the body after the operation, sometimes from dental work or sometimes from skin or urinary infections. Any dental work should be preceded by a course of antibiotics.

Things Patients find most Difficult after Surgery

Shortly after surgery:

  • A burning sensation around the area of the incision. This can be treated with icepacks. The incision area should be kept dry, though.
  • During sleep you shouldn’t cross the operated leg over the 'center line' of the body for a few weeks to avoid stressing the muscles and ligaments of the hip. Use plenty of pillows to support the leg comfortably and keep it in place.
  • Pain in areas around the hip not previously affected. Trauma to various tissues during surgery can result in temporary pain- always mention any discomfort to your doctor.
  • Clunking sounds from the prosthetic. In the first few months after surgery, the muscles that normally keep the hip joint tightly in place may be too weak. This can cause partial separation of the ball and socket, resulting in strange sounds. These should disappear with time. If there is any pain, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Emotional impacts. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the amount of time it will take to recover. They feel bad that they are letting people at work or home down or that they are a burden afer the operation. There are some great, candid discussions in the forums linked to below. Thinking- and talking- issues like this through before your operation could save a lot of upset.

After a few months:

  • Stiffness after sitting down for a while, which might mean using a stick to start walking.
  • Sudden jarring of the foot (produced by jumping say) can cause pain
  • The joint may squeak during prolonged exercise.
  • Hip replacement recovery after a year or so
  • The vast majority of people simply forget they have ever had a hip replacement.

Hip Replacement Recovery Forum

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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      Deb 

      4 weeks ago

      I am 2 1/2 weeks post anterior replacement, the first week 1/2 was brutal. I had developed a large hematoma and was literally black & blue (and various other interesting colors) from my toes to my hip. I actually have some pain in and around my knee. I'm not having pain so much now as stiffness and tightness around the incision site. Night time is still a challenge, I still need a bit of morphine at some point, hoping to stop soon! I was in good shape (64 yrs old, small, fit) when I went in so I should heal very well. I find I have some fear around doing certain things but started rehab today. looking forward to normal again!!

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      Jeff 

      2 months ago

      Is is possible to contra dance after a hip replacement?

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      Sue Jones 

      2 months ago

      I am 4 months post hip replacement surgery and have been walking every day now during quarantine about 30 mins ... the walking has really helped me the most. I still have difficulty doing the clamshell exercise on hip replacement side but I am so happy I had this surgery. No regrets whatsoever!!! I can't wait to walk on the beach...

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      Ian Anderson 

      2 months ago

      I am one year post operative for my hip replacement. A little stiffness first thing in the morning and that is the only residual after effect. I cannot say enough good things about the increase in quality of life. A year ago I could not walk without a cane; today I am walking 5 miles/day. I can hardly wait for things to open up again (parks, etc.) so I can enjoy my new mobility. It took me about 6 weeks post surgery to walk without any aids and I have never looked back.

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      Alice Sanchez 

      4 months ago

      I am 4 years post left hip replacement. Last fall I started having problems sitting for long period is discomfort to buttocks on surgery side. It progressed to groin pain, pain on side of hip and constant limping. I can't get up from a sitting position without pain and am unable to put weight on that side for a few seconds. I have seen an ortho dr and have had mri, bone scan and physical therapy and no relief. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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      Peszleg Gabriela 

      4 months ago

      The information was very good and very detailed, thank you very much. Wish you the best, Gabriela. -

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      Sue Jones 

      4 months ago

      Does anyone know of a good visual hip replacement workout for 2 months post hip replacement surgery? Most of the initial exercises I was given are not needed at this point...Thanks.

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      milero 

      5 months ago from Gloucester UK

      Michelle, seems you are making good progress, I would urge you to go back to your consultant as soon as you can, speak to the experts

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      Michelle Jarosinski 

      5 months ago

      I am 12 weeks in from rt replacement hip surgery and all has gone ok. I currently ride 12 - 15 miles a week and I am back to work. My concern is that once I get up from sleeping or seated position the entire area of both hips are stiff and painful. Similar to the reason I had surgery.

      Once I begin walking it all seems to relax and less pain. Is this normal?

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      Tommy S 

      5 months ago

      I am having the pain down to my right knee also. I am 3 weeks out today. I am 66 years old and will admit that I about half way did my exercises before and was not in very good shape before either. The pt is killing me and the home exercises have not been too bad. I woke up this morning and felt like I did a week or so ago. Any one considering this surgery do ...I say do what they tell you to do.

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      hsjones 

      5 months ago

      I am 5 weeks out today from Anterior Hip Replacement Surgery. Still using cane, but also trying to walk around house without cane. I am in a better place than I was 2 weeks ago. Have become an avid mall walker...I seem to have a limp when I walk without cane...Hope that goes away. No regrets with decision to have this surgery.

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      JOHN K. 

      6 months ago

      ok it has been 9 days since my hip replacement surgery to replace another older one from 2001, that I guess was loose. i'm at a younger age ( 63 ) than most that need or get a hip replacement. It seems like it's been a slow long haul of recovering after surgery. Finally did check out many forums and articles pertaining to hip replacement timelines and what to expect. First gotta get 76 staples out my thigh, that will feel good. I know I have not spent much time exercising and could not figure out why everything was taking so long. Just didn't feel like exercising, my mistake, ya gotta go through the rehab time. I was and still very stiff when getting around so will begin to stretch more. Hoping to get around much more normal in another week 10 days,

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      Mrs J A Lewis 

      6 months ago

      I am still experiencing discomfort,stiffness and loss of mobility three months after my operation. I feel most of the pain on the outer side of my knee on the same side as the hip that was replaced. Six years ago my other hip was replaced and the recovery time was much faster. As a result I am feeling anxious and despondent.

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      milero 

      7 months ago from Gloucester UK

      Laura and Christine I would recommend you contact your surgeon and go back for a consultation, ask all the questions you feel need answering and be sure to get the correct information.

      Sue I would recommend consulting a specialist physiotherapist in hip replacement recovery and asking them , I certainly was not putting on shoes before 2 months post op

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      Sue 

      7 months ago

      I still can’t put my shoes on after hip replacement it’s 4 weeks also I am itchy

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      Christine Mirabella 

      8 months ago

      On my right hip I had a full hip replacement I'm noticing that 2 and 1/2 years later the hip that they supposedly fixed there is a little pain burning but it looks higher than the other I didn't I didn't have this before it don't look right

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      LauraJHunt 

      8 months ago

      I am almost two weeks post anterior hip replacement surgery. I am using a cane and am doing the required exercises twice a day. The top of my quad/thigh feels like a brick - so hard. It’s not painful but so extremely tight. I feel like this is getting worse in last couple days. Is this normal? My first post op dr appointment isn’t for another week. Maybe I’m doing too much? Kitchen pick up/ showering/dinners etc. No work for 3 more weeks. And when I get out of bed and raise my leg a bit I have groin pain. Is that normal too? Thanks for any insight !

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      Spirehip 

      9 months ago

      Now 10 weeks post TRH replacement. Now almost back to normal, walking without aids, no meds and no hip pain except for a few muscular niggles. Have sadly been left with residual back problems which I hope will be resolved in the new year. Thank you Ian for you advice about time scales and my non realistic expectations. Have also started aqua aerobics again, so all is well. Vivien

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      Allan Brooke 

      9 months ago

      To Helen

      I think your husband should book an appointment with your GP to check for any infection and have the dressing replaced. My dressing was removed after 10 days and I had to body wash for another week.

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      Helen Shaw 

      9 months ago

      my Husband has just had hip replacement 1 week ago they have told him not to take bandage of for another week and he can shower is this normal as bandage is coming loose around the sides and weeping a bit.

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      Barbra 

      9 months ago

      Had a left THR with anterior approach on 29 May 19. Used walker for about 9 days, then ditched it for a cane. Stopped pain meds at about 2 weeks so I could drive myself to PT. Used cane until 4 weeks then went back to work with no aids. Graduated from PT after about 10 weeks and started back in the gym. All was going well until I added sit ups to my routine. Now have pain when I lift my leg and/or do sit ups. Not the same pain as before the surgery, but also not what I wanted after doing so well after the surgery. Seeing ortho doc again to discuss new pain. I have a small leg length discrepancy, but I use a heel lift in the unaffected side and I don't notice a difference anymore. We tried a minimally invasive procedure to delay surgery, but that made things worse. Similar to PRP, they drew bone marrow from my pelvis, spun it down and then injected the stem cells into the joint. Gave me EXTREME knee pain and actually put me on crutches as I could not bear weight on that leg. Surgery (mostly) resolved that pain. We shall see!

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      Laurel Owens 

      10 months ago

      Thank you so much Aloha Leslie! I will get that checked

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      Aloha Leslie 

      10 months ago

      Laurel, I'm a new hip replacement, only 6 weeks out, so can't identify with your current issue. It sounds like you may have "foot drop." This means that the muscles/nerves that cause your foot and toes to come toward your nose (dorsi flexion) aren't firing correctly. Hence, you trip over stairs, rugs, etc. It could be from lower back issues or your leg muscles (tibialist anterior). I'm not a doctor, though I am a medical massage therapist. My suggestion is to visit your doc and perhaps have some PT or any other tests he/she may suggest. Hang in there. All my best!!!

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      Laurel Owens 

      10 months ago

      I am 6 years post-op from both hip replacements and I am suddenly having gait problems. No pain but I am walking unevenly and I fall forward daily. I think I broke my wrist with this last fall. My left foot seems to catch on floor bringing me to a sudden stop and over I go. Anyone else have any issues like this?

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      Aloha Leslie 

      10 months ago

      Words of encouragment: I am five weeks post Anterior RHR and began working yesterday. I'm a medical massage therapist and am thrilled that I am back to work so soon as my profession requires a lot of leg work. My new hip finally is beginning to feel like it's part of my body and not some alien that has jumped in! It feels strong, still a bit sore in the quad muscles and ITBand, but definitely an improvement from even a week ago. I will have my first surgeon post op appointment and hope to get the go ahead to begin getting back on the pickleball courts. Nothing heavy duty, but getting my body used to moving again. My intention is to listen to my body to see how it does...if all goes well, I will continue. If I detect any resistance as in pain, etc. I will wait awhile longer. Good luck to all.

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      spirehip 

      10 months ago

      Was good to read your comments Ian. I too am trying to wean myself from the painkillers and although doing the daily exercise at present is painful, causing more back ache than hip pain, I am seeing a slow improvement. Hip pain has gone, just post op niggles. I am due to see my surgeon next week and another follow up physio appointment. This will probably be the last one as I am from the UK and follow up probably stops at 6 weeks unless things have changed from my last op.

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      Ian 

      10 months ago

      I found that at about 6 weeks, things got better exponentially. Every day after that was better, better and better. I found that I tried to wean myself off the painkillers too early and that set me back. I found that doing the daily exercises really helped. I would say I was depressed for the first month thinking I had made a huge mistake getting the surgery, but after 3 months thought it was the best thing ever. Probably the most important item for me was not to listen to others recovery timelines, everyone is different so listen to your doctor and physiotherapist.

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      spirehip 

      10 months ago

      Hi, Am 4 weeks in from my second hip replacement, having had no.1 done in 2012. Have forgotten recovery times, Sleeping on my back really difficult, now in a sleeplessness spiral. Graduated from walking frame to crutches. Hip pain doing well, but have severe back ache. Doing physio exercises, am walking around regularly but feel I should be able to do more. Am I being realistic. I am 76 years young.

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      Walt 

      11 months ago

      Day 19. some pain. I have a lot of anxiety. Can't stay still at all during the day.

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      Marjo 

      12 months ago

      Ian: I am not climbing hills yet however knee pain is gone. Have been going for pt the last 4 was. Hip feels great. I can now sleep on my right side. Good luck with your therapy.

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      Glacierlily007@yahoo.com 

      12 months ago

      I posted extensively about my first hip replacement in Feb. Now I’m two weeks out with hip number two. Get staples out tomorrow. A completely different experience. Quad muscle has given me problems but I never took any pain meds after the hospital. Ive only taken Tylenol and gabapentin for nerves, why? I didn’t want the constipation I had taking oxy after first hip. It’s really been tolerable. Hip itself hasn’t had pain. More the muscles in leg. I will say I e been more active this time than I was on oxy. I think part of the pain pill issue is fear of pain coming rather than actual pain. I alternate at two weeks between the walker and cane. Going upstairs is fine except I still do one foot at a time. I have the sensation one leg is longer- drives me nuts. But I’ve been told at Duke that’s normal for a while and goes away. Hope so.

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      Ian 

      12 months ago

      Marjo: It is now about 3 months from my surgery and all is good. I have been walking up a hill for about an hour daily and just some minor stiffness. My surgeon tells me my right leg is now 1/10 of an inch longer, which is not clinically significant. Now I begin some physio to help with my flexibility.

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      Marjo 

      12 months ago

      The pain in my knee is getting better almost 7 wks post-op. A little limp still. I am hoping that goes away as I walk more.

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      Ian 

      13 months ago

      Marjo, my surgeon requested an x-ray of my hip. He indicated the alignment was good and the implants looked stable. He asked me to get an AP Pelvic X-ray to determine if there is an issue with leg length. I plan to do this in the next 10 days.

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      Rob 

      13 months ago

      I have had a PROSTALAC hip spacer for almost 6 years and the cement is now degrading causing infection in my femoral bone. Even though I am informed of the debridement involved in my operation will that be a concern after my total hip replacement?

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      Ian 

      13 months ago

      Marjo: Yes, I had Hip replacement May 6 of this year and I had pain in my knee. It has since disappeared, but I was told in Physio and by the surgeon that this is quite typical.

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      Marjo 

      13 months ago

      Does anyone have pain in their knee after hip replacement?

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      Jim Joyce 

      13 months ago

      I am 79. Had a hip replacement almost 6 months ago. In hospital I had a severe reaction to morphine and was nauseous for the first 4 days. I couldn't eat and keep anything down. I was walking around with the aid of a walker and then crutches, while carrying a vomit bag. Suddenly the nausea went following a change of meds and I felt real again. I was totally off crutches and out socialising 3 weeks after surgery. I came off pain meds after 6 weeks. My surgery was different in that I was born with a hip deformity resulting in one leg being 3 cm shorter that the other. The surgery allowed me to have legs of the same length for the first time in my life. I came onto this site looking for experiences of others. I am now almost 5 months post op. I can walk long distances, have stiffness in my hip after sitting for a while, and a minimal ache from tendonitis in my other knee.

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      Ian 

      13 months ago

      Had a full hip replacement on May 6th at the Duval Clinic in Laval, Quebec. I live in Alberta, but the surgery wait time was 18 months, since I could hardly walk, I paid a private clinic for the surgery and they had me on the table in 3 weeks. I currently can walk without a cane and managing the pain with Tylenol. I find that the recovery during the first 6 weeks was slow, but now find exponential improvement. Certainly there is stiffness in the first few strides every time I get up. I still have difficulty bending over.

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      Marjo 

      13 months ago

      Wondering about uneven leg length?

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      milero 

      13 months ago from Gloucester UK

      Linda, I would suggest an ice pack on the area for 10 mins when you can , it may help

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      Linda 

      13 months ago

      Had my right hip done 6 months ago and everything went very well.

      3 days ago I took a long hike and since have had a burning sensation in the replacement area. Should I be concerned

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      Peter 

      13 months ago

      Hi everyone. I am 51 and I have just had my second hip replacement, my left first then my right.

      I am three weeks five days post op and walking unaided.

      I took my first steps without aids at two weeks and three days so my recovery has been good and better than my first hip.

      However I am struggling mentally and physically with my leg length as it seems to be about 18 mm longer than my other leg.

      I have been measured by my family on both legs standing against the wall and this seems accurate.

      I am will be seeing my surgeon at six weeks but obviously the surgery is done and there's no going back.

      Has anyone had this problem and will it be difficult to live with?

      Thanks Peter

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      Margaret dilloway 

      14 months ago

      Had my left THR in February and was walking without crutches so well at 6 week check that consultant offered to replace other hip in May. Had epidural and sedation and knew nothing about it at all. Am two weeks in and a bit fed up of going back to the beginning again. Post op experiences very different with each replacement but I’m managing to walk dog a few hundred yards and back in the evening using one crutch. I feel I was more advanced mobility wise last time but others tell me I wasn’t. Can’t wait to be crutch free and walking in the park and gardening and driving. I see those weeds and can’t bend to pull them out. Last time I mowed the lawn at 4 weeks and was driving at 5 weeks. Hope it’s the same this time

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      Kerry Glacierlily 

      14 months ago

      Hi Anna,

      I had a spinal nerve block which numbed my leg for several hours. They then put me to sleep without general. This was 3 months ago. Having second one done in July. I was really afraid of a spinal but it really wasn’t bad. My recovery was amazing and much faster from not having general anesthesia. It takes 30 days to metabolize general anesthesia and I was glad it wasn’t in my body. Plan to repeat this for second.

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      Anna Jaffey 

      14 months ago

      What are people’s experience of having no general anaesthetic for their hip replacement

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      milero 

      14 months ago from Gloucester UK

      William, I would agree that changing to another therapist may help, I would also suggest going back to your surgeon and speaking with him and getting an answer.

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      William Poplaski 

      14 months ago

      I had a total hip replacement 1 yr. ago. I’m still not able to walk without the use of a cane. I had physical therapy didn’t seem to help. I’m in the pits and considering going to a different physical therapist. I’m 70 yrs. old. I read all these people who shortly after surgery are back to their old routines. Do any of you think more therapy might help?

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      Andrea Churchill 

      14 months ago

      I had my surgery April 16/19. Total hip replacement on the right side. I’m 43. I was in hospital 3 days. First 2 weeks were rough sleeping because I’m a side sleeper and being on my back all the time was rough. But I made it through with the help of my recliner. By the third week I was up for trips to my in-laws and the grocery stores. I gave up my walker 4 1/2 weeks in and now walking very strongly with a cane. Not to the point where I can give it up but still walking strong with it. Saw my PT. Said I could return to my gentle aqua fit swim class with a few exemptions to certain movements. I will be 6 weeks out when I start that. Looking forward to getting some physical activity in. Overall I was scared to get the hip replaced but now I know that it was the best thing for me and my health both physically and mentally. I need the left hip done aswell. I was full of arthritis in both hips. The sooner the better I hope to get the left one done. I know that it’s a long recovery to be completely healed, but I definitely feel a lot better already.

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      JoAnne Smith , 72 

      16 months ago

      Had left HRS a week ago. Home 2 days after surgery walking with walker 20 times a day the length of 3,000 sq foot single story home Take Aspirin and Tramadol - 50 mgm every 6 hours. Have site pain and bruising on left side. Trying to be patient and do exercises - minor site infection Great Dr - Dr Delgado Know this needs patience, endurance and doing what I am told.

      Looking forward to outcome as a healthier woman.

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      juliemash 

      16 months ago

      I am coming up to my 6 weeks after THR. I too have tingling/pins and needles in foot of operated leg. I have only just started using one crutch, fairly easily though. I still have stiffness in the top of my thigh, sometimes pain when my heel hits the floor walking. I sit down a lot to do pc work and often forget to walk about even every hour. I seem to be doing my exercises fairly easily but cannot imagine returning to work next week. Can't imagine walking easily once again. 59 yrs.

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      Zak 

      17 months ago

      Hi I am 76 and in will have my 6 week check up with my surgeon in 5 days. My problem is a numbness in my toes and the top of my foot on that side. I reported it each time I had pt or when the nurse came to visit. Now I am in outpatient pt. It seems to affect me worst at night with pain. There is no swelling or discoloration I walk with the cane . I worry about DVT but when ever I reported it I got no response from my surgeon

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      Rita Jones 

      17 months ago

      I am 71 old and just over 4 weeks ago I had a hip replacement after a bad fall, my hip is getting stronger every day, the problem I have is that I am getting a lot of pain in my left knee, the left side is where I broke my hip, could this just be coincidence or due to the hip replacement.

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      Glacierlily007@yahoo.vom 

      17 months ago

      Week two post op summary:

      Week two presented a challenge and a set back from my great week one. My hip is doing great but the THR was on same side as past total knee replacement. That knee swelled to twice it’s size as I approached one week postop. So for days 8-12 I couldn’t put full weight on knee as there was an internal pain far greater than hip. I had to elevate and ice knee for days. Finally at two week postop they xrayed it. Diagnosis was IT Band . It’s the big ligament that runs from hip to knee.

      It’s getting better but really set me back on hip progress. However with a cane at two weeks two days, I am now walking up and down stairs alternating feet.

      The dislocation aspect is really scarey. I’ve been warned that it takes 8 weeks to be out of danger of that. I threw out the horrible stockings and switched to some kind of body slimmer tights that are footless but very tight. Way more comfortable. I take gabapentin three times a day for nerve pain that use to go from hip to knee and it’s better. At night if I hurt lying down I take a tramadol which I had to get from GP as my ortho wouldn’t give me anything.

      I am able to cook pretty well now and even vacuumed today. As Long as you don’t bend over incorrectly lots of things are possible at two weeks postop. I could easily drive if it wasn’t for dislocation potential. I promised to wait till week three. Things are really challenging when you live alone.

      Colleen, I’m so sorry to hear about your difficulties. Clearly we are all different in how we heal.

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      Colleen Meegan 

      17 months ago

      "Emotional impacts. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the amount of time it will take to recover."

      Yes, based upon all the literature I've read, including this article, I am way behind. I'm a redhead. I hurt--very very bad, but the surgeon's goal was to take me off pain meds. When I told him my goal was adequate pain management, he discontinued my pain meds. I make hematomas & seromas (which are painful). I bleed--my Hgb bottomed out at 6. With that, a pressure of 70/40. It took him over 24 to transfuse me. I told all this to my surgeon pre-op. Was he not listening or is he a monster? I'm over 4 weeks post-op. Can barely bear weight on my affected leg (much better with pain meds on board). Pain is a stressor that can, among other things, delay healing. My overall emotion is anger.

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      milero 

      17 months ago from Gloucester UK

      Good to see you all doing well, please please be patient with your recovery, remember to not bend or stoop to far in the first 2- 3 weeks, my profile picture is of my dislocated left hip that occurred after 7 days, when bending slightly, the most pain ive ever had in my life, 6 hours in A & E waiting for it to be put back in only for all the muscles to tear and it to dislocate again... be patient folks

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      Glacierlily007@yahoo.com 

      17 months ago

      Hi Everyone,

      I had THR one week ago today. Today I walked with a cane all day, went up my stairs 8 times, and a short walk outside with my PT. I’ve been off pain meds for two days now except the Tylenol and gabapentin. It was a rough week getting bathroom regular but feel good today. I never used crutches. Went from walker straight to cane. I hope these posts about the first week helps someone. I’m not typical though. The PT said I recovered faster than average. Still have to watch my movements for dislocation which are high risk for first two weeks. Good luck everyone.

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      glacierlily007@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago

      Day 2 post-op. I came come yesterday afternoon, post op day 1. Pain very controllable with oxycodone, gabapentin and baby aspirin. Weakness in legs makes it hard to get up from a flat bed or my lazy boy but doable. I have needed help getting food because I can’t use the walker and carry food to where I want to eat it.

      I got a basket for my walker which is indispensable but it’s a rectangular shape and not everything fits. Use a water bottle that fits in basket.

      I definitely recommend having two grabbers! One inevitably falls on floor and you need second one to get it.

      I got dressed alone except for compression stockings - you have to have help getting them on and off. But you don’t have to do it everyday. I have personally not needed a stand alone potty. If you are able to walk in bathroom in hospital after the numbness wears off, you won’t need it. If you need it post-op day one then you might.

      I am full weight bearing day two post op and if I didn’t have dogs I could use a cane. But a walker is really nice and more restful and secure than a cane and keeps the dogs at bay.

      I’ve had no problems sleeping flat at night on bed.

      It helps to group and label all your meds in a central location with post -its .

      There are lots of meds you’ll take and some are 2x day, some 1 time day and some 3x day.

      It’s really important to drink a lot of water and forgo soda. You’ll have dry mouth and I was drinking about 32oz of water every hour and a half! Try not to have juice or soda because that’s ALOT of sugar. I also feel that it’s helped flush a lot of surgery drugs of of my system.

      I’m sleepy a lot on post op day 2.

      Hope this helps.

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      Glacierlily007@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago

      Well it’s been exactly 28 hours since the recovery room! I can put full weight on my leg! This morning I had OT then PT.

      In PT, I walked up and down stairs several times with a walker not crutches. A new one for me.

      Then I practiced getting in and out of a fake car. Nurses getting aggravated with me because I just get up and go to bathroom by my self. I don’t have any pain, I have tenderness at hip wound site but with oral Oxycodone and

      gabapentin I feel no pain. I’m going home at 3:00pm! 29 hours after recovery room. I’ll be on baby aspirin as well.

      Don’t put it off - if you need it do it. I’ll have my second one done in 3 months.

      Try to have your gluts and quads as strong as possible before surgery. It will really help. ( thanks Maria)

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      Maria1520 

      18 months ago

      Hi glacier and Wsmith,

      Glad you are both doing well. I had my left THR done in July of 2017. I can say I had a difficult time right after surgery when I had my walker. When I graduated to the cane I felt better. Now that I am almost 2 years post op I can say I feel great. It didn’t take 2 years to feel like this but it took me some time. If I ever had to do this again I would not wait that long to get it done. I feel great and you should too! The only thing that I experience as a nuisance is not being able to lay on my left side for long periods of time. Does anyone else have any nuisances?

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      Glacier 

      18 months ago

      Hi everyone,

      I just had hip replacement THIS morning. Decided to post my progress in early stages real time because I found it missing on this blog.

      Surgery 7:15am 2/11 to 9:15am

      Recovery 9-15-10:30

      Room 10:30, numb but very alert.

      So I had a spinal block. Then a gentle sleep with propathol. I was in my room by 10:30. The PT came and got me up for potty by bed. Very very unstable because legs were still numb.

      Second potty: legs have feeling and I did wellbgetting up at 1:00pm.

      I am now in some pain. Maybe a level 5 of throbbing. They just gave me 10 mg of oxy orally at 1:15.... not really working. I was able to eat lunch though.

      I have a foam wedge between my legs to keep from crossing it. It’s annoying .

      So that’s the first 5/6 hours post op.

      Oh and I had a posterior approach but

      Incision is really on the side. I would guess around an 8” incision.

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      wsmith6 

      18 months ago

      I just had my one year followup appt for my anterior right side THR. The surgeon says my x-rays look great, I should be good for 20 to 25 years. I am 57 years old, so I may wear it out before I expire. I go back to see him in 5 years unless the left side gets too bad before then.

      Meanwhile, I walk 10k steps per day, do yoga and lift weights. I still do the balance exercises, glute bridges and band walks I did in PT.

      I have two co-workers who had THR within 6 months of my surgery. We all agree we are glad we had it done.

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      Glacierlily007@yahoo.com 

      18 months ago

      Thanks to everyone who responded!

      Five days and counting till my hip replacement. I set up a bed room downstairs and am very very organised!

      Already did all my spring yard cleanup too!

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      Maria1520 

      18 months ago

      Hi Everyone,

      I am 43 years old. I got my hip replacement in July 2017. I have been doing great ever since my surgery until recently. It’s nothing major but I’m wondering if anyone else feels the same thing. About 2 or 3 days ago I started to feel tinging on the front of my thigh where my hip replacement was performed. Has anyone else felt this? It’s not all day long it comes and goes. I notice it when I am walking.

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      Donald M. Ford 

      18 months ago

      I am 82 years old male ,had both my knees replaced 18 years ago. Had a complete hip replacement Nov. 5 th. 2018. Everything was doing find until 2 weeks ago and that leg become about 3/4" shorter then the other leg.Had ex-ray of my hip and everything was in place. Had my Sergent check picture and said everything looked good. Have an appointment Feb. 15, 2019.Don't know anymore. The other pother thing is both knees the pads are wore out.

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      Sharen 

      19 months ago

      I am 75, 12 weeks out from anterior hip replacement, walking two miles a day without walker or cane. Amazing!! It IS possible. I live alone and am doing great. Ice and Tylenol the first week were alI I needed. Don't be afraid. This was easier then seeing the dentist. I was home the next morning. Go for it!! I have my life back and am young again.

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      Lynda W 

      19 months ago

      Reply to Moe P:

      Hi! I had anterior right hip replacement 12/10/18 and doing great! Can’t believe it!!! Walking dog 4 blocks, not using cane.

      I had so much pain before surgery- it was unbearable- really. My right calf hurt & my back ached & now after surgery- no pain. Now if I overdo ..... my hip aches a little. I hope you’re having the anterior surgery- I had 15 stitches - 4 inches. My poor mother had the posterior years ago & had to stay inpatient rehab for 2 weeks. I’m so thrilled with the surgery! No need to suffer.

      Hope this helps!

      Best Wishes,

      Lynda, Dallas, TX

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      Carol Johnson 

      19 months ago

      Kerry. I'm scheduled for a THR on Feb 5th of this year. Because I live alone, and have a small dog, my surgeon has suggested I spend my two weeks in the hospital's rehab facility. My Brother is going to keep my dog for me. Perhaps this would be an option for you.

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      Glacier 

      19 months ago

      Hi Dawn,

      I’m wishing you a speedy recovery. I’m single so I’m concerned about what it will be like with no help. Is it doable???

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      Dawn Carlisle 

      19 months ago

      Hi I just had a left hip replacement yesterday. In March I had a right hip replacement .My right hip replacement went really well, but its hard to remember the pain at the beginning and the difficulty sleeping.

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      milero 

      19 months ago from Gloucester UK

      Teresa

      the only info I found was on this site , have look back for a few of my posts reference physio and exercises

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      Teresa 

      19 months ago

      I had THR on Dec 17. I didn’t realize how difficult the recovery would be. I have moved from walker to cane after a week. Anyone know of any blogs about THR??

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      vivbin uk 

      19 months ago

      Just want to wish fellow hipsters Seasons Greetings. My THR was way back in 2012 and still going strong.

      Good luck everyone scheduled for surgery, hang in there. All the best for 2019.

      Vivbin.

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      Glacier 

      19 months ago

      Moe P, you’re having your hip done 2 1/2 weeks before mine. Just wondering if you’d be willing to post during first two weeks your experience in the moment so to Speak. Especially concerning how much assistance you needed and how independent you were able to be? That would be a great help. I’ll try and do same for people in feb.

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      wsmith6 

      19 months ago

      MoeP, one of the reasons I went ahead and got my hip replacement as soon as found out it was what was causing my leg pain was that my knee had also started hurting. I thought my leg pain was related to my chronic back pain. Since my hip replacement 11 months ago, my knee has not bothered me at all. As an added bonus, my back is completely pain free as well. In fact, I have been working out and lifting weights. I can squat and dead-lift more than I could in my 20's.

      I wonder how much of my back pain over the years was due to the hip going bad and vice-versa. Good luck with your hip replacement. Mine has been a big improvement in my quality of life.

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      MoeP 

      19 months ago

      Hi there, I am having my left hip replaced January 23,2019. Yayyyy me, from what I have read and heard it will be life changing as I am in SO MUCH pain,, but anyway, just wondering, I now have some left knee pain. Do you think this is something I should be worried about or is it because it is over compensating from trying to baby my hip?

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      wsmith6 

      19 months ago

      Hi Kerry, I had a coworker who is in her mid 60's who had posterior THR on one side a little over a year ago. I had my right side anterior THR in Feb of this year. My coworker's daughter took her home from the hospital and stayed for the first night. A friend stayed for the next night. After that she was alone at night. She had prepared her home ahead of time with grab bars, removed rugs, etc. No pets or other tripping hazards. She had someone to check on her every day for the first few weeks. She could not drive for 6 weeks, so needed help with Dr appts and groceries. She was not in real good shape prior to the surgery and is still on a cane a year later.

      I am 57, was in pretty good shape prior to the surgery. My wife was with me the whole recovery. I had my right side done, so no driving for 6 weeks. I could walk and get out of the bed and chairs OK by myself. I used the walker one time. Used the cane after that. The biggest risk is falls, especially in the bathroom. I installed grab bars and got a toilet booster seat with handles.

      You will definitely need help every morning with the compression socks. Those are a pain, even with a sock helper. You just can't bend enough to get them over your swollen foot and ankle.

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      Kerry Glacierlily 

      19 months ago

      Really really need help! I’ve read all these great posts going back 16 months but my questions were never addressed. My surgery is scheduled for Feb 11 , 2019, at Duke. I live alone ( except for a boarder who rents a room and is here at night) and I have two dogs. One is small but the other is a rambunctious 60 pound poodle a year old. I just found out yesterday that Duke requires me to have someone live with me for two weeks. This is not possible.

      Realistically, what kind of help did most of you actually receive? Can you break it down 1. First few days. 2. First two weeks?

      3. For how long did you require constant help?

      4. Could it be intermittent during day or all day?

      5. Do I meed to kennel my large dog? For how long?

      Sure could use some advise. Thanks!

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      David Eudoxie Sr. 

      21 months ago

      Is it normal for the leg to peel or change skin after hip replacement?

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      milero 

      21 months ago from Gloucester UK

      mdavis and Beverley Mas I would urge you to contact your surgeons if you are still having issues, I would also recommend that you search out a find a good local physiotherapist that knows about hip replacement rehabilitation.

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      Carrie St James 

      21 months ago

      I’ve just had a THR in Spain but do not have command of Spanish therefore need advice from the forum especially on phisio and aftercare equipment.

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      Beverley Mas 

      21 months ago

      It's been two months since surgery, and I still cannot put full weight on that operated leg = still must use walker. Is that normal?

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      mdavis 

      22 months ago

      with in two hrs of waking up from surgery my knee has a stabiing pain right above it that sends a sharp pain to my lower back there for i still cannot put weight on my leg to walk or do pt,what could be causing this

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      Jim langdon 

      22 months ago

      I had total knee replacement on right side September 5th. Then September 26th anterior hip replacement again on the right side. I am now 18 days from the hip I can walk without assistance however the right leg still seems a bit longer then my left. The doctor says it is because I was so crooked for so long it will be a while before I straighten out. Still just doing the simple PT excersizes at home and wanting to do more but doctor wants me to take it slow. I am off all pain meds for about 3 days now. With both knee and hip on same side so close together I get the mental problems and aspects that can creep in. I chose to do it this close together because I wanted to get back on the golf course as soon as possible. I though doing both rehabs at the same time would easy NOT EASY. I believe it will take longer than I originally thought to get back to golf. I will update when things change

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      Tony Bowes 

      22 months ago

      I’m 59, had bilateral posterior THR 3 months ago. Followed all the PT instructions, 3 weeks post op stopped using crutches, walking 30 minutes a day,climbing numerous stairs daily. I’m back working in the concrete construction industry 2 months post op (light duties for first 2 weeks), am now 3 months & probably 90% full strength & stamina, performing constant fairly heavy lifting daily. I think the key is following exercise regime & regular stretching. Avoid work that may risk trips/falls. More than happy with my new hips...even happier to be pain free for the first time in years!

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      wsmith6 

      23 months ago

      Seazan7, I am 7 months out. 57 years old. I had anterior right hip. I had some numbness below the incision for a while after surgery. It gradually went away. I'm not sure when, but one day I noticed it was gone. I had a smooth recovery after the initial week or of swelling and discomfort. I still do the PT exercises as part of my warm-up for walking and weight lifting. I noticed that when I stopped the PT I began to lose flexibility. I really enjoyed being able to bend over and tie my shoes or pull on socks. I don't want to lose that again!

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      Seazan7 

      23 months ago

      I am 70 years old and 4 weeks out from anterior right hip replacement. Doing pretty well, but experiencing numbness along the outside of my right thigh. I’m actively doing PT exercises, walking with walker and occasional cane. Anyone else experienced this numbness?

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      Calvin Pearson 

      23 months ago

      Hello everyone, I recently had my right hip replaced and to just be able to walk without the pain is a joy in itself. PT is very helpful though I've missed two sessions due to work....

      Yup you heard me right I'm back at work on light duty and moving around good with the help of a cane, after the first three steps I don't need the cane but for my comfort it stays with me all day. I to have a problem getting a full nights rest due to the slight pain and unnatural feeling in my thigh but I'm trying not to depend on pain meds as a means of comfort. I plan on being successful in my recovery and wish you all well in yours, just remember if you think you can your halfway there and do not let anyone discourage you on your recovery but don't push too hard either.I'm my worst critic but it takes a strong person to make it happen and it's for you so why not, this is week three for me I'm 46 years old and on the road to recovery with you all. Stay positive and good luck.

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      ML 

      23 months ago

      I will be 2 weeks s/p Left THR this Tues (8.21)-anterior approach. I am a 56 yo female-very active, 41 year runner, Physical Therapist, wife, mom, parent caregiver. My surgery was completed in my surgeron's OP facility to minimize infections and "variables" with anesthesia residents. My husband is an RN which is a gift! My greatest challenge is with pain management and emotionally accepting that "this" is ok-I have not been able to find the right combo of meds to keep me super comfortable, and most importantly, will take the edge off for adequate and restful sleep. I used a 2 wheeled walker for the 1st 4 days, then transitioned to 2 canes to promote a more "normal" gait pattern (weight shift, trunk rotation, etc). I had/ have had no distal swelling-only from hip to knee, with expected swelling/tightness of my entire L quadrucep and hip region. I completed myofascial release techniques on myself to assist with tissue mobility, circulation and pain relief. This technique has probably been the most effective intervention I could have done to myself. In no time, my entire quad, including my groin are soft. The bruising has started, extending down the outside of my left leg to my knee. This is very uncomfortable and make my leg tender to touch; essentially my leg sort of feels like "lead." I see my surgeon this Friday (approx. 2 1/2 wks post op) and am hopng for clearance to get into my pool and use my canes less. I have been d/c from homecare services and plan a couple sessions of OP-PT prior to my return to my home in FL.Yes, I know tha a hip replacement is the "easiest" of many surgeries (ie knee replacement, shoulder surgery)..but it is not a walk in the park!

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      Poncho-Mike 

      24 months ago

      At three months after surgery, I am walking between 5 - 7.5 miles a day (four to five 1.5 mile loops each day) using one arm crutch. I expect to be fully off the crutches in another month. I was walking four or five 1 mile loops at 8 weeks post surgery, so I have been very mobile. There is no hip pain at all, but I still get some discomfort in my side when sitting for more than an hour or so. My doctor said I need to strengthen my leg because I let it get weak by delaying hip replacement for so long.

      I can't imagine recuperating without arm crutches. The walkers are a pain to deal with and have a lot of limitations. Canes are less stable.

      My incision area never bothered me at all. The doctor applied an adhesive dressing which wasn't removed until a week after surgery.

      As mentioned in the original post, the doctor lengthened my leg. As a result I had muscle cramps, which were addressed with muscle relaxers so I could sleep at night. The doctor prescribed 40 pain pills, and I only took 8.

      If you have a choice, the anterior approach is the way to go.

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      RvonHutten 

      24 months ago

      I just had hip surgery on my right hip. Complete hip replacement. July 16th 2018. I had the surgery in the morning spent the night at the hospital and was released the next day. Had to get up that night after my surgery. As long as i could walk to the bathroom and back they felt i was doing pretty good. i had a physical therapist there with me that night and the next morning to do some walking. With a walker.. I came home and used a walker for the first 2 weeks. Went back to see a dr after 2 weeks and he asked me if i had tried a cane yet. So i thought maybe i was suppose to be on a cane by now so i began to try it. I was a little wobbly . Also i feel it was setting me back a bit so i have decided if i go out which I dont much but to use the walker and pratice using the cane at home. It was kinda scary to think some wild kid running through the store would knock me down. Not worth it thats forsure.. Im ending my 3rd week now and i do feel the stiffness , quit a bit more soreness Around the incession area.. Pills? I have been trying to do away with the hydrocodine but it helps a lot at night for sleeping and pain.. They started me out on oxycodine because it does not have Tylenol in it like the hydrocodine does but it gave me really stupid dreams and made me feel weird so i didnt want it. I even cut the oxycodine in half and took half a pill but it still made me feel weird.. Be carful with both of these drugs.. I am soon wanting to try to go just to Tylenol but we will see how that goes.. Even Tylenol is not good for your liver.. But, I will be going into my 4th week this Monday . I have been doing exercises they gave for me to do at home as i see on here several of you have done the same ones.. It has taken me several nights to discover the right thickness of pillow between my legs that feels good and doesn’t make my right hip hurt when rolling over on my left side so im not on my back so much.. It may be different for each person but keep trying other options till one works for you.. Keep doing those exercises as often as you can.. Keep a positive attitude .. Thats very important in the process of healing even tho it does make us depressed at times try to remember to get back on track with the positive attitude.. Our attitudes of life in general are very important.. Call your dr office often with any question you may have even if it seem like a small one ask it anyway.. They get paid the big bucks so bombard them with as many questions as you have no matter how big or small.. You trusted them to do your surgery so trust them to answer your questions.. I see on here that some are still hurting a few years later after their surgery.. That would be a big question for me to ask .. I am not going through a serious cancer situation with my husband and believe me i have learned to ask a lot of questions no matter how dumb it may sound.. I ask anyway.. I was really excited to find this web site with everyones comments on it so I hope and pray we all can help each other as we all go through the same things.. With of course the help from our Doctors..

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      Poncho-Mike 

      2 years ago

      I am very happy with my results. It took about two weeks for the thigh muscles to adjust, but they are longer muscles so the stretching they experienced was a smaller percentage of their origina length. I'm hoping I will be able to sit without pain within a month.

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      wsmith6 

      2 years ago

      To Poncho-Mike,

      Wow, you had a lot more done than I did. You probably had a lot more soreness just from the extra reconstruction and the extra poking and prying that took. I wanted to make sure I got my money's worth, so I did all the exercises and went to all the PT sessions. If it didn't work out I didn't want to be because I didn't do my part. That being said, none of my post surgery work hurt, it was just a little sore at times. I hope when you get stretched out and strengthened up you feel as good as I do now.

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      Poncho-Mike 

      2 years ago

      To wsmith6,

      My original post was made a few days before my 6 week checkup (made at 7 wks due to July 4th holidays).

      At my 7 week checkup, my doctor said he didn't just do a hip replacement, he did a hip reconstruction. He didn't just lengthen the leg, he located the new ball on the same horizontal centerline as my good hip and adjusted the leg length to make the hip and leg geometry how it should have been in the first place. He said this stretched the hip abductor muscles on the repaired hip.

      Prior to surgery, I was unable to swing my right leg to the side, allowing the hip abductor muscle to become very weak. The hip abductor was stretched as a result of surgery. The leg lifts that I should have done were intended to strengthen the hip abductors.

      I should have soldiered on and done the leg lifts (lie on my side, lift my right leg up), but I waited a few weeks to see if anything else was going on with the leg.

      My doctor thinks the burning sensation and the pain in the side is due to the hip abductor weakness. He said once I strength these muscles and start using them again, the pain should go away. I will see him in another month. Regardless, I am 1000% better than what I was.

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      Rita 

      2 years ago

      To Lynn B: You probably have it all figured out by now, but my surgeon lo told me that walking around the house was th best exercise--no PT. When I looked at possible exercises, I could see why--they all replicate walking.

      I am 3 weeks out and doing well. Off meds. Age 72.

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      wsmith6 

      2 years ago

      Poncho-Mike, You may want to try a magnesium supplement if your cramps are occurring at night. They gave me magnesium in my drip IV at the hospital and I started taking it at home after that. It has stopped me from having cramps while sleeping.

      I get a slight burning sensation if I sit for over an hour. Not intolerable, just annoying.It has lessened with time. Also, I have had a standing desk at the office for several years and I find standing doesn't bother the hip. If I get tired, I can lower the desk. I also try to walk around a little every hour or so. (go get a drink refill and a restroom break).

      I had my right hip done 5 months ago and I just finished a week at Boy Scout camp with my son's troop, hiking up and down a mountain every day. I averaged about 18,000 steps per day. I rarely thought about the hip. Took a walking stick but decided to leave it at the tent. You may take while to heal due to your previous injury, but I hope you eventually get to where you don't even think about it anymore.

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      Poncho-Mike 

      2 years ago

      I had anterior based total hip replacement of my right hip a little over six weeks ago. I was researching typical post-surgery hip pain and found this website. I must say that I am relieved to see my experience is far better than most who have documented their results.

      My post-op experience was a little rough. Surgery got delayed from mid-day to late afternoon, and I don't think I ate dinner that evening. The nurses got me up to walk and I almost collapsed. My blood pressure dropped and my sugar levels spiked. Once I ate and got those things under control, things went much better.

      I was originally diagnosed with a hip defect in 1986 following a car accident. I was told I would need hip replacement before I was 50. I came very close to having hip replacement when I was 45, but chickened out. At age 60 I finally gave in.

      The ball on the femur was elliptical, and my right leg was 3/4" shorter than the left. I am a design engineer, so my profession allows me to do most of my work while sitting. In the last six months, I experienced extreme pain and burning sensation when standing after sitting.

      My doctor said he could lengthen the bad leg and make both legs roughly the same length. He told me that I had the worst hip he had seen in at least a year.

      My biggest problem wasn't pain or constipation, it was leg cramps. For about the first week, I would have constant leg cramps in the repaired leg when changing positions and while sleeping. I was totally off any pain medication within a week, and was only taking muscle relaxers before bedtime.

      My doctor feels you should take it easy after hip replacement, and said he wasn't scheduling any physical therapy until after I was healed (at least six weeks). I had some basic exercises (toe and heel extensions and leg lifts), which I mostly did. I didn't do my exercises as much as I planned due to leg cramps for the first two weeks.

      The leg lifts caused me pain in the right side, so I backed off them. Walking felt good, I was walking 1500 - 2200 ft at a time 4 - 5 times a day. No pain at all from walking. I was using the arm crutches, but began to rely on them less and less.

      My current problem (at 6 wks 4 days) is with sitting. After sitting for about 30 - 45 minutes, I start getting an uncomfortable sensation in my right hip. At first, it feels like I am sitting on a rock. As time wears on, it starts to feel like a mild burning sensation. If I continue to sit I will also start to feel some discomfort in my side. At that point, I lie down or walk and it goes away.

      I have some concerns about going back to work in two weeks. I do a lot of sitting. My left hip is slightly deformed, but not to the point I need surgery. I don't think I can stand for long periods of time.

      Has anyone experienced these symptoms? How long did they persist?

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      Maria1520 

      2 years ago

      Question-Did anyone get a card to hand to security when you walk through metal detectors? I have been to Six Flags 2 times and I keep making the metal detector go off when I walk through them. I tell the security guard that I had a hip replacement. They look at me like I’m nuts and then use the wand thing that does not go off at all. Has anyone had to deal with that?

      It will be 1 year on the 17th of this month that I’ve had my hip replacement done on my left hip. I feel great. I only have pain if I try to sleep on my left side or if I twisted wrong.

      Sorry Bruce. I don’t know anything about the poles. I had a walker then used a cane.

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      brucegainer 

      2 years ago

      I'm 2 weeks post hip surgery that went very well. Doc and Physio said I'm ready to walk with minor assistance. I have chosen trekking poles. What is the proper height for the poles?

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      akshayv 

      2 years ago

      I’m working in ICU and work 12hr shifts and started having plantar fasciitis and orthofeet shoes have solved my problem. I wish they were a little more stylish, but at this point I choose style over function. I see that they have a new color and I will most definitely purchase these again when they need to be replaced.

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