Wow,you certainly have had quite an experience with that hip. I don't know what your age is, but if nothing else has helped, I would certainly consider a hip replacement. If I understand you correctly, you have hip pain all over that area, but the groin in particular. I have had both hips replaced (I'm 74 now, first one done 8 years ago, second one this past July 16), and my most severe pain was in the groin area. The hip surgery is very easy to tolerate. This latest surgery took bout 40-45 min., 3 days in the hospital, two weeks in home P.T. and I don't have to see my ortho doctor for a year. Great advancements in that type of surgery. First hip surgery 8 years ago took 2 hours and lots of P.T. at home and as an out patient. Great advancements as I said.
If I were you, I would talk at length with the Dr. who recommended the hip replacement. And again, I don't know your age, but I have a neighbor who had his hip replaced when he was 57, about 9 years ago. And he is still as good as new.
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You need the raised toilet seat, no doubt about it. I purchased mine 8 years ago when I had my first hip replacement surgery, and 6 months later I had my tkr...I could not have gotten along without that toilet seat for either one of those surgeries, and I had my latest hip replacement July 16, and once again, used that raised toilet seat. Thank God for it. I don't recall that it was very costly, and we paid for it out of pocket. My husband thinks it was about $15.00. That's a guess tho. We probably would still be complaining if it was much more than that, believe me.
Again, get that toilet seat ASAP. If you need it now before your surgery, fine. You will be surprised at how helpful it is.View Thread
Stability, or lack of it, can be one of the biggest problems. I had thr on July 16, the other hip done 8 years ago and tkr 7-1/2 years ago. I'm 74 now, but stability was a problem with all three surgeries. This latest hip replacement was remarkably simple tho. I just cannot believe the advancements made in 8 years, with the same surgeon. First hip surgery took about 2 hours, this latest one took about 40 minutes. I only required 2 weeks in home physical therapy. Unbelievable. But getting back to my knee surgery and stability problems, I had no swelling to speak of with my knee, but stability was, as I mentioned above, a problem with all three. I'm about over that part of my thr now, but every once in awhile, if I do too much walking, I feel like I'm walking sideways or something like that. Once I rest for about half an hour, that goes away. Have checked with my Dr. about that and he said that is perfectly normal and it will eventually go away, maybe not 100%, of course considering my age, but it doesn't keep me down.
You sound like you've made excellent progress. I would try to cut down on the pain meds tho. You can't take them forever, that's for sure. I only used the self-administered pain med only once while I was still in the hospital. After that, I requested tylenol, and it was more than enough to make me comfortable. I may be hard headed, but that one self administered med made me sick to my stomach, so that was enough for me.
Take care, keep up your progress and let us know how you're doing. God bless.View Thread
I had tkr approximately 7-1/2 years ago, and while I didn't have any swelling to speak of, my ortho surgeon did suggest ice, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off if I did get swelling once I got home. I had in home therapy for three weeks and then outpatient therapy for approximately 6 weeks. I understand that nowadays with the advancements that have been made, it's less therapy. Again tho, while I didn't have any much noticeable swelling, I do remember the doctor saying ice 20 min. on and then 20 min. off on a regular basis. Now that doesn't mean 24 - 7, but as often as necessary.
Hope this helps somewhat, but don't give up. I think eventually the swelling will go down and you'll be much more comfortable. If you're ahead of schedule, kudos to you. That 116 degrees is very good as I recall. Keep us up to date on your progres, ok?
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The doc is probably right. If her other knee is in need of replacement, she's not walking correctly, and that is taking the weight off of the now bad knee and putting it on the replaced knee. Did she do physical therapy after her surgery? I'm sure the therapist gave her a routine to follow. That is so important.
I hope she starts to feel some relief. Keep us up to date on how she's doing. I really do think having the other knee replaced is the answer. That's how it was with my two hips. Although they were 8 years apart. About 6 months before I had my latest hip replaced, the other one was feeling the pressure on it and was causing some pain, because of the way I was walking to try to relieve the pain of the other one. Does that make sense? I hope so. And again, physical therapy can really help.View Thread
I had my left hip replaced 8 years ago at age 66, right knee replaced 7-1/2 years ago at 67, and right hip replaced this past July 16. I'm 74 years old now and followed my in home therapy to a tee, and have continued with this plan 4 months after the surgery. I have no pain whatsoever and can only think that continuing with these exercises have been the right answer for me. I saw my Dr. 6 weeks after the surgery and he was very pleased and said he didn't need to see me for a year unless there was a problem, which, he said, he did not expect.
I was told before each of my surgeries that the physical therapy plan was very important. I have continued with it as I start my day and then go through the routine before bedtime. It only takes about 15 minutes. It has worked so well for me and I would recommend it to anyone who is about to have this kind of surgery. I don't know what plan you followed, but is it possible that you discontinued the exercises? I just wish that all joint replacement patients would have the success that I've had. I have highly recommended this to friends and family and there have been some who have also followed up with this routine and their surgeries have been just as successful.View Thread
It's great that you exercise every day, but PT from a professional is so helpful after hip/knee replacement. It is very important to have the correct routine. I have had both hips and one knee replaced and depended on PT faithfully. I have had absolutely no problem at all with any of the three surgeries, and I thank PT for that, as well as a surgeon who I just think is the best in the world! He encouraged PT and I faithfully took his advice. Again, I had no problems whatsoever after any of the three surgeries. Had my first hip done when I was 66, knee done at 67 and this past July 16, at age 74, I had my other hip done. All completely successful.
Does you Dr. recommend PT at this stage for you, or is it not a subject matter? I'm just curious. I haven't heard of someone turning down PT.View Thread
I think you need to be seen. The sound of that wide red path going down your shin makes me uncomfortable. Please have it seen, either by your primary doctor, or try to be seen at an immediate care facility. It could be nothing, but better safe than sorry.View Thread