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Acute Pain In Groin Area After Hip Replacement Surgery
After partial hip replacement surgery mother developed small hard lump in her groin. Surgeon doesn't think it has bearing on surgery. What can it be?
Let me explain: The complications from hip surgery is not common, since the surgeon said not related to the surgery, I have to believe him. Many other things could be the problem for example, hernia in that area, enlarge lymph node are the most common. How long since she have the surgery? It is very hard to make other comment without seeing the patient. ...Read more
Total hip replacement: surgery in which the diseased ball and socket of the hip joint are completely removed and replaced with artificial materials. A metal ball with a stem (a prosthesis) is inserted into the femur (thigh bone) and an artificial plastic cup socket is placed in the acetabulum (a "cup-shaped" ...Read more
I've never tried fentanyl patches will they help with my groin pains from the to hip replacement surgery less than 6 months apart?
Are they prescribed?: If they have been just prescribed by your doctor they can certainly help with pain especially moderate to severe chronic pain. If they were prescribed a long time ago or you just got them from another source DO NOT use them. Any narcotic carries a serious risk of overdose and death, and this has been very common with fentanyl patches. The dose needs to be verified and approved by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After hip replacement surgery, I am suffering pain in my lower back, legs, and feet. I didn't have these problems before surgery. What is going on?
Leg length change?: Often, after hip replacement, one leg is left shorter than the other.This changes your gait causing all the symptoms you mentioned: chronic low back pain, foot & leg pain.Surgery could also have caused other problem like pubic shear which needs to be realigned.A good osteopathic eval. might pinpoint the problem.Answer could be as simple as a heel lift or osteopathic manipulation. ...Read more
Excellent: When arthritis or other problem leads to deterioration of the hip, pain is interfering with activities of daily living, and conservative care isn't working, then a hip replacement is a good surgical option. It can be done from the front or back and 95% do well. Risks include infection, instability, limb length discrepancy, nerve damage, and blood clots, but these are infrequent (<5%). Most do well. ...Read more
Wear and Loosening: X-rays are performed for follow up after joint replacement to evaluate for wear of the components or evidence of loosening. Oftentimes , an x-ray is obtained immediately or soon after surgery to document the initial position for comparison with later follow up x-rays. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sleeping & sitting: It depends on the timing after surgery. Also the type of surgical approach that was used. If you are at least 6 weeks out from surgery you should be able to sit or sleep in any position that you desire. If you are in the immediate post op period, that is less than 6 weeks, these positions would be determined by the surgical approach. You should talk with your surgeon to determine the approach. ...Read more
Patience: It depends on what is wrong. Most likely there was a traction injury to the sciatic nerve. It will typically recover in time. It may take a long time, but wait at least 6 weeks from the day of surgery then if there has been no improvement get and EMG (nerve conduction study) of your leg. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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