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Doctor insights on: How Could You Know If You Have Dislocated Your Prosthetic Hip Joint After Hip Replacement Surgery

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How could you know if you have dislocated your prosthetic hip joint after hip replacement surgery?

How could you know if you have dislocated your prosthetic hip joint after hip replacement surgery?

These Symptoms: Prosthetic hip dislocation is usually but not universally a dramatic, painful event. There is usually deformity (shortening of the leg), pain and the inability to walk. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Prosthetics (Definition)

Prosthetics replace a part of the body. A prosthesis is the name of the device. For example, a prosthetic leg replaces a lost leg. Artificial legs or arms are common examples. Prosthetic teeth are also common. On occasion the device used for a joint replacement (new knee for example) is referred to as ...Read more


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Is surgery the only recourse of prosthetic device? Total hip replacement done 5 years ago. Stem has loosened. How is it repaired? Who should do this?

Is surgery the only recourse of prosthetic device? Total hip replacement done 5 years ago. Stem has loosened. How is it repaired? Who should do this?

Revision needed: If the stem has become loose from the femur and is causing pain, a revision is indicated. This should be done by a surgeon trained or well experienced in doing these procedures. While the outcome of this procedure can be very good, it is technically more difficult than the primary replacement and the recovery can be longer. ...Read more

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Does being double jointed affect the sucess of hip replacement surgery?

Does being double jointed affect the sucess of hip replacement surgery?

Ligament laxity: If the joint goes beyond the acceptable range of motion for its stability, as it can with ligament laxity, it can be more prone to dislocate. ...Read more

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Joint infection after total hip replacement surgery commone or negligent?

Joint infection after total hip replacement surgery commone or negligent?

Uncommon: Infection after tha is a known complication that occurs in 0.1-2% of hip replacement procedures. Factors that can affect this incidence include patient conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or immune system diseases, as well as the length of surgery time, wound closure methods, and experience of the surgeon. Some hospitals and surgeons have higher rates of infection. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat a joint infection after a total hip replacement surgery?

See your surgeon: This is potentially serious complication that needs to be treated by your surgeon. Depending on how long it has been present, this may require a surgery to wash out the joint, or removal of the joint, followed by weeks of antibiotics. ...Read more

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Will I still be able to walk if my hip replacement was dislocated?

Will I still be able to walk if my hip replacement was dislocated?

No: A dislocation of a prosthetic hip is a very painful event. You will not be able to walk or move the hip without significant pain. A dislocated hip requires a manual reduction, usually done in an emergency room setting. ...Read more

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Had hip replacement 8 weeks ago all of a suddon had a lot of pain in lower back and buttocks hard to walk. Wondering if I would know if I dislocated.?

Had hip replacement 8 weeks ago all of a suddon had a lot of pain in lower back and buttocks hard to walk. Wondering if I would know if I dislocated.?

Dislocated total hip: Sudden onset new kind of pain is an alarm sign after hip replacement. Dislocation will make your leg short and rotated in an abnormal way and you will be unable to walk. Call your doctor as soon as possible and make arrangements for an evaluation. If you are unable to bear weight and your leg is short call 911 for a transfer to the closest er. ...Read more

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What are the dislocation risks after hip replacement? Is a person at greater risk of dislocation after a complete hip joint replacement?

Low risk: Dislocation can occur after a tha but is generally very low and dependent on the original surgical approach, femoral ball size, and skill of the surgeon. The incidence of dislocation ranges from 0.1% to 1-2% depending on the above factors. While surface replacement may have less risk than a total hip replacement, other factors may make these less desirable. Discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a total hip replacement on 11/27/2007. I am having pain in my hip joint area. I saw the surgeon and he said no clue as my hip shows very little wear. What should I do?

Several causes: Pain after total hip can be from several sources. These include bursitis on the outside of the hip, tendonitis inside the hip, synovitis (inflammation) of the lining of the hip, loosening of the implant, or infection.
Material wear from the implant may cause unusual pain. An orthopedic surgeon knowledgeable about these conditions should be able to help but it might require some additional tests. ...Read more

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Tumor on pelvic interior hip joint. Had complete hip replacement. How long to know if cancer returns.

Tumor on pelvic interior hip joint. Had complete hip replacement. How long to know if cancer returns.

5 years: In general absence of cancer for 5 years is felt to be a cure. However the risks vary a lot depending on what kind of tumor it was, whether clear margins were obtained, whether it was a primary bone tumor or a metastasis. Discuss your concerns with your physician, who should be able to give you an honest assessment. ...Read more

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LargeTumor and 3nodules in interior hip joint. Dr.did complete hip replacement. What are chances of tumor return in pelvic bone area?

LargeTumor and 3nodules in interior hip joint. Dr.did complete hip replacement. What are chances of tumor return in pelvic bone area?

Large tumor: The chances depend on what type of tumor it is. The pathology report will help determine if it is an aggressive type of tumor or a benign tumor. That will give a better idea of the chances of it returning. It is not however a guarantee that it may or may not return. ...Read more

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I had a total hip replacement 11/07. I am having pain in my hip joint area. Saw the surghe said no clue hip shows very little wear. What is causing pa?

Irritation: Hip pain after tha can be caused by irritation of tendons, muscles, bursa, bone, or the joint lining (synovium). Most common location is groin, buttock, or thigh. Unexplained pain can be evaluated by examining joint fluid, injecting local anesthetics into specific areas, MRI scan, and sometimes metal ion levels in the blood. Some implants can create specific clinical causes of pain. ...Read more

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What is trace right hip joint effusion I had a MRI with metal subtraion and this is what the results are. I had an total hip replacement in January?

What is trace right hip joint effusion I had a MRI with metal subtraion and this is what the results are. I had an total hip replacement in January?

Fluid in your joint: This indicates that you have a small amount of fluid in your joint. It does not necessarily indicate a problem. However, since your surgeon ordered an MRI postoperatively, he is concerned about a complication, such as infection ...Read more

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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?

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

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Exercises to eliminate limp after hip replacement surgery?

Exercises to eliminate limp after hip replacement surgery?

Physical therapy: A good physical therapist is as good as gold after this type of surgery. Ask you surgeon for a referral. ...Read more

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How can I resume golf after hip replacement surgery?

6-12 weeks: Most people an start doing gentle swings at 6 weeks and progress to a full round at 12 weeks. ...Read more

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Best sleeping and sitting positions after hip replacement surgery?

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

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Why is my leg paralyzed after hip replacement surgery...Im only 43.....Now what?

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 more

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Recovery after hip replacement surgery is relatively short, correct?

Yes: Recovery from hip replacement is short involving assisted walking, falls prevention, and general strengthening. The leg may hurt and swell for a few weeks after surgery, so pushing it too fast is unwise. In general, though, mobility returns quickly. ...Read more

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Which type of recovery should I expect after hip replacement surgery?

Which type of recovery should I expect after hip replacement surgery?

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

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What would an xray indicate after hip replacement surgery?

What would an xray indicate after hip replacement surgery?

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 more

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How long does fatigue last after hip replacement surgery?

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

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Could someone tell me how much pain I will be in after a hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery?

Could someone tell me how much pain I will be in after a hip replacement or hip resurfacing surgery?

Variable: Pain after hip replacement or resurfacing varies. The typical patient after hip replacement realizes immediate relief of their arthritis pain. Their surgical pain can range from minimal to significant, but this pain is of course just temporary and can be appropriately treated with pain medication as needed. Regular icing of the hip after surgery is very beneficial. ...Read more

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Could there have been any recalls on hip replacement products from 'ortho development' the surgery was 6-612.?

Should look at FDA: I know of no current recalls but that doesn't mean there isn't one. Check on the FDA website as well as call the company. Every company keeps a log of what implants are implant and who they're used in. This helps follow through on recalls. Likely if you haven't been contacted then your ok but that's not 100%. ...Read more

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Diagnoses of failed right hip replacement arthroplasty due to stress reaction in femur mean? What could cause stress reaction, does that mean surgery

Possible: Stress reaction is from the different stiffness in the prosthesis and your bone with possible prosthesis pushing into you bone. Talk to your hip surgeon or get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can someone with bilateral lower limbs CRPS get hip replacement surgery. Or could this intesify the pain? Patient is 67 and has severe hips OA

Can someone with bilateral lower limbs CRPS get hip replacement surgery. Or could this intesify the pain? Patient is 67 and has severe hips OA

Tough decision: CRPS is NOT an absolute contra-indication for surgery, but the leg issues could worsen following surgery. However, the hip problems may require a total hip arthroplasty which could improve function. Consider pre-operative sympathetic blocks, and maybe use of a dorsal column stimulator later if necessary. ...Read more

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What is hip recovery time after getting a hip replacement surgery?

4 to 6 weeks: All depend upon what kind of prosthesis is used and what surgical approach. The mallority of the time now you can get out of bed the followind day of the surgery and start ambulation with a walker and in 2 to 3 weeks can graduate to a 4 prone cane, pt is usually helpful and you can be independent in 2 months. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Hip Replacement (Definition)

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


Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more