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How Can I Resume Golf After Hip Replacement Surgery
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
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
Hip replacement: Avoid tight, rubbing, unclean underwear and pants. ...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
6-12 weeks: Most patients will feel fatigue for for 1-3 months after a hip replacement surgery. This is related to the anesthesia, blood loss, and rehabilitation after the surgery. This will gradually disappear as your activity level returns to normal. It can be affected by age, preoperative activity level, and other health conditions. Walking, exercise, and good nutrition will help. ...Read more
How could you know if you have dislocated your prosthetic hip joint after hip replacement surgery?
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
How soon after hip replacement can I have another surgery like liposuction? I can't have the lipo first due to emergency hip replace needed
6 months: At least 6 months. The person you want to ask that question is the orthopedic surgeon doing the hip replacement. He/she should make the call. Also, the ortho doc will probably cover you with antibiotics to prevent infection of the hip replacement. Also make sure the liposuction doc knows about the hip replacement. ...Read more
I think a lot: Depends upon why you are considering the surgery, what your current level of pain and disability is and what your goals are. These are questions that anyone considering joint replacement or any surgical procedure for an arthritis related issue must ask. 37 brings in an extra set of factors as most 37 year olds will expect to have a life expectancy that exceeds the projected survival of the joint. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very well!: Seriously, hip replacement refers the procedure in which the "ball and socket" are replaced with a metal and plastic prosthesis. The surgery is done over 300, 000/year in the USA alone and the results are excellent. The recovery is relatively quick and the relief is almost immediate for many. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Personal choice: Hip replacement surgery is an elective surgical procedure. Your doctor can tell you you are a candidate based on your symptoms and hip xray. People respond differently to pain and physical limitations from hip arthritis. I tell my patients that either the pain or the disability will be severe enough, to them, to ask for the surgery. Not everyone wants surgery, and lives with the symptoms. ...Read more
When old THA fails.: Depending on when the hip was replaced and what was used, THAs will usually last for quite a while. However, THAs do fail. When they do fail, the symptoms may include pain, instability, or inability to walk. There may be grinding, clicking, or other similar symptoms. If you have a concern, please see your orthopedic doctor. ...Read more
Not easy: Obviously there are potential complications from a medical point of view. The recovery for a hip replacement takes several months to decrease pain, increase motion, increase strength and gradually normalize your gait. After this procedure, one can improve for 6-12 months afterward i would suggest doing only one side at a time due to the extensive surgery and recovery. ...Read more
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