I can certainly vouch for what you said about mostly success stories about THR. I had two and they were both totally successful. And you're right that usually the unsuccessful tales are the ones we hear about.
I would highly recommend the hip surgery. The pain relief after having bone on bone pain for a couple of years was a God send. I didn't want the first one 8 years ago, but that one went so well and I didn't argue for a moment about the second one I had done this past July 16,2012.View Thread
You knee pain will only get worse if you don't have the surgery. I know there have been negative responses regarding tkr, but I assure you there are more positives than negatives. When anyone undergoes any kind of surgery, sometimes, unfortunately, the results are not what we expect. But there are many more positives than negatives, believe me.
Almost 8 years ago, when I was 66, I had my right knee replaced and I can only say that from the day after surgery, the pain I had put up with for two years, was GONE, and only the surgical discomfort was there. I will never forget the way I felt when I realized the surgery was a success. Yes, there was recovery and physical therapy, but it was only continuing to be successful from the day of the surgery on.
I feel bad for those who have had a negative experience. But it does happen.
I can only say that go into this surgery with a POSITIVE attitude, and keep that going during your recovery. Don't get down, and by all means, try not to listen to the negative stories. Do whatever your surgeon requests, and take a good attitude regarding your physical therapy. No, it's not easy, but doing what you should do will, 99% of the time, be positive.
Good luck. Keep in touch and remember, we're here for you and can't wait to hear your positive comments about your surgery. God bless.View Thread
Try an ice pack, on 20 min., off 20 min., Tylenol or ibuprofen for the pain. If it's no better in a couple of days, you will need to see a Dr. Do you have a primary Dr. in Florida? If not, you need to get one I guess.
Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for these things occurring. But then again, sometimes there is a reason, and we just can't quite zero in on it. And then all of a sudden a light bulb goes off in our head and we think "OMG, I forgot about that bump or slip while walking" etc. etc. etc.
Try the ice tho. And let us know how you're doing. And again, see a doctor if it's no better in a few days.View Thread
I had tkr almost 8 years ago and I have had two hip replacements also, the latest on7-16-2012. Hips are definitely easier, no doubt about that.
I had more post op pain with the knee, and that was to be expected. I also had 3 weeks in home PT and then 6 weeks out patient PT. I can honestly say that after I was done with all of my PT, I got along fine. And it got better just about every day. I did continue with my exercises at home for at least a month after my out patient PT was finished.
Lets face it...TKR is major surgery (as is THR), but if you do everything you're expected to do, it is manageable and the post op pain, at least for me, was so much lower than before the surgery. I will say that it took about a good 3-4 months after the surgery for me to say "I feel great". And I have to say I haven't had a problem of any kind with that knee. Thank God. I know many do, however.
Let us know how you're doing. That's what this site is for...we help each and share good and bad results. Keep your chin up, and more than anything, THINK POSITIVE!!! That is so important. God bless.View Thread
One thing at a time. Something similar happened to a good friend of mine. It turned out OK, but her surgeon did tell her that if necessary, her surgery would be cancelled until this other problem could be addressed and tended to.
Have faith in your doctor...he/she will do what is required and what is best for your condition.View Thread
The other knee, which you describe as having a lot of pain but not replaced yet, has taken the burden of the other knee. In other words, when you were limping and having trouble walking before the surgery, the other knee was doing "double work". It happens to all of us.
And you are right that forcing the knee beyond tolerance is just part of pt. It has to be done.
You do sound like you're realizing you're coming around. And that's as it should be. It takes longer for some than others, but you seem to be on the right track. Keep up the good work.View Thread
Well, I've had both hips replaced. The latest one was July 16, 2012. Something you can do before the surgery is get a raised toilet seat (a necessity). Also, you can use your walker (which you will also need) to sit down and stand up from the toilet. Or you can purchase an item that remains on the toilet and is under the raised seat. It has arm supports so you can list yourself. I can't explain it well here, but it is self explanatory when you see the directions.
I had two weeks of in home physical therapy,and after that, I was on my own. I had easy access to the therapists, however, if I needed them. Luckily, I didn't. They were excellent and really got me going on the right path. And they kept in touch by phone after the two weeks.
It's important that you follow the "don 'ts", which your doctor/nurse will explain to you. There is a way to sit down and stand up after surgery. Also, stairs. Just think of this....UP WITH THE GOOD, DOWN WITH THE BAD. That says it all. In other words, when you're going up the stairs, start with the good leg, and when going down stairs, start with the "bad" leg. And you have to have a railing. That is VERY important.
In and out of a car can be easy. Hopefully you have a passenger car seat that you can almost put it down into a prone position. Also, the entire seat should be back as far as possible. This makes it easier to slide in and out without putting a lot of pressure on the hip.
Again, you will be informed of these things, I'm sure. But also remember that some doctors do it differently than others. Listen to what your physician suggests. They know best for your situation.
I hope this helps. Good luck and keep us informed on how you're doing, OK? They have made such great advances in this type of surgery over the years. I had my first one done 8 years ago, and it was way, way different then. Same surgeon too.
It could be nerve and/or tissue regeneration. The entire leg has some after effects from the surgery. I did have some "burning" sensations for a couple of weeks after my July 16, 2012 hip replacement. And that was the only real "negative" sensation I had, and it wasn't really that bad. When I questioned my ortho Dr. about it, he said it was normal and would eventually go away completely. It takes some people longer than others.
Have you talked to your surgeon about this? I'm curious as to what he/she had to say. Let us know, OK? This is how we all learn...by sharing with each other. That is what makes this site so great and helpful.View Thread
I have had both hips replaced, first one 8 years ago, and the latest one on July 16, 2012. I can honestly say that I had absolutely no negative "whatevers" with either one of them, so I really can't make any helpful comments about your situation. We all react differently to things and you haven't mentioned what your doctors have said to you about your condition. You obviously are under a doctor's care with all of your pt, acupuncture, etc. etc., so are they recommending additional surgery, or what?
I do know whenever anyone posts something here, we all want a response ASAP. Sometimes that occurs, but if "we" don't have much to add to what the original post requests, no responses come about. I know that's frustrating. But for the most part, the most common suggestion is "see your doctor". It appears you have already done that over the past 2 years.
Sorry you are in such dismay. Can't blame you at all. When we have surgery, we expect good results. This, unfortunately, doesn't always occur. I personally do not know what else to suggest. But sometimes, just posting your problems here can help. Something like "getting it off your chest". We're here for you, when we can help you. Remember that, ok?View Thread