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Is Feeling Fatigued Common After Total Hip Replacement Surgery On One Hip
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
After total hip replacement surgery, is it normal for the operated leg to be a little bit longer than the good one?
Can be: While i wouldn't call it normal, leg lengthening is a potential result of total hip replacement and can be no big deal or a significant disability. Leg lengthening has become less common with newer implants and surgical techniques. Significant lengthening can be balanced with a heel lift in the other shoe. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can be very normal: Leg swelling after hip replacement can occur for up to 3 months after surgery. I recommend my patients use compression hose, knee high, for 3 months post-op, with periodic leg elevation above heart and head 3x/day x 20-30 minutes. Also, do not be up on the leg too much too soon after surgery. Allow your body to heal. If swelling persists and pain increases with it, then call your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Medication: Pain after total hip replacement is expected and will be most severe the first day or two after surgery. It can be easily managed with perioperative narcotic pain medicines. After discharge from the hospital, most patients will take pain medication for 2-4 weeks and then not require more than a tylenol (acetaminophen) or advil occasionally. The pain after tha should be resolved with in 6 weeks in most patients. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not unusual: It is very common to get leg swelling after total hip or knee replacement. Of course, swelling with pain can be a sign of DVT (deep venous thrombosis) ..Also described by some as "blood clots". This should be evaluated by your doctor. Painless swelling will often resolve after a few months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should having a prostate infection stop me from going ahead with a total hip replacement surgery?
Maybe: If the infection has been treated with antibiotics and is resolving you are probably okay. If not, the surgery should be postponed until the condition has been treated. More importantly, you should be evaluated for the cause of the infection and treated appropriately by a urologist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
High: By survival rate i assume you mean how long the implant will work and not how long long you will live after surgery. Most patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty survive their surgeries and go on to enjoy their new hips. The hips themselves can last 20 years or more now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follow docs advice: You should follow your doctors advice for recovery and long term followup. It is important to return periodically ( every 2-4 years) to your doctor to have the total hip replacement evaluated by x-ray to make sure it is functioning properly. Otherwise, enjoy your hip with the guidelines you have been provided. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What kinds of medication is recommended for a patient who underwent total hip replacement surgery?
Should be okay: I recommend using an epidural for the surgery and then transition to oral medications a few hours later. I'd also suggest talking to your doctor about giving your a few different types of pain medication immediately before surgery, which helps reduce the amount of pain you experience afterward. Fortunately, hip replacements do not hurt that much - most of our patients walk the same day day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
After total hip replacement, what should be the exercises to do to rehabilitate? Would you recommend water exercises? How much time after surgery?
Varies: You would want to check with your surgeon. Most of the time you do need to limit your activities to some degree, particularly if you have a press fit hip in which bony ingrowth is needed to provide long term stability of the implant. For a period of time you also need to be careful not to put yourself in a position in which you might dislocate your hip. Thank you for the question. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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