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Is it normal to have leg swelling after total hip replacement surgery?

Is it normal to have leg swelling after total hip replacement surgery?

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 more

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Dr. Harinder Gill
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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


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Leg swelling after I had a total hip replacement surgery. Did they do wrong?

Leg swelling after I had a total hip replacement surgery. Did they do wrong?

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 more

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Is it OK to carry 3-5kgs weight, 3 months after a hip replacement surgery? Patient still has thigh swelling but can walk and sit without much pain.

Is it OK to carry 3-5kgs weight, 3 months after a hip replacement surgery? Patient still has thigh swelling but can walk and sit without much pain.

Yes, it is OK: It is OK to carry that much weight at this time. Unfortunately, total return to normal after hip replacement can take, in some people, up to a year. ...Read more

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How long after a full hip replacement should the leg / knee swelling last?

How long after a full hip replacement should the leg / knee swelling last?

1-2 weeks for post o: Be careful here because residual lower extremity swelling could also indicate a blood clot which is not uncommon with hip arthroplasty. It should be checked. ...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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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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Can you tell me is having a leg length discrepancy of 2 1/2 inches requires having a hip replacement surgery?

Can you tell me is having a leg length discrepancy of 2 1/2 inches requires having a hip replacement surgery?

No: Hip replacement is not used for leg length discrepancy. Talk to your orthopedist. 2 1/2 inches is a huge difference. ...Read more

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I have leg calve perthes had surgery when I was 10 now in a lot of pain seems hip replacement is option but I'm only 24 what other options are there?

I have leg calve perthes had surgery when I was 10 now in a lot of pain seems hip replacement is option but I'm only 24 what other options are there?

Therapy first: Long term consequence of perthe's disease include hip dysplasia and arthritis of the hip. Due to your age you should start with therapy and activity modification. Depending on the extent of the dysplasia your surgical options include femoral osteotomy, acetabular osteotomy and hip resurfacing or replacement! You should see your orthopaedic surgeon! ...Read more

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After total hip replacement surgery, is it normal for the operated leg to be a little bit longer than the good one?

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 more

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My mother had (1) hip replacement surgery 6months ago and is wondering when she can sleep without a cushion btween her legs?

My mother had (1) hip replacement surgery 6months ago and is wondering when she can sleep without a cushion btween her legs?

Orthopedic surgeon: Her orthopedic surgeon is better qualified to answer your question, but if the surgery was uncomplicated and she has no significant symptoms with sleeping, she should be able to try sleeping without the pillow and avoid widely spreading her legs which could stress her hip. ...Read more

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What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

What is the nest natural home remedy for sciatic nerve pain in right leg? I'm facing hip replacement surgery soon in this hip too and I've been having

Rest: For inveterate sciatica, positional changes can aid in resolution. I have discovered a useful position of resting. A long couch is chosen. The sufferer lies flat on the back. The pained hip-leg is bent at the knee and leaned onto back of the couch. The other leg is placed with foot on the distant arm rest of the couch. An important aspect is to keep head non-flexed & flat on the couch seat. ...Read more

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Have to have hip replacement on right hip now have swelling behind knee why?

Have to have hip replacement on right hip now have swelling behind knee why?

Baker cyst: If there is a tender swelling behind knee you have to ask your doctor if somehow you don't have a Baker Cyst. It is a benign condition, but limits range of motion, treatable with NSAIDs, or sometimes gets drained. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for severe swelling in the foot up to calf after having total hip replacement?

Clot: The number one concern after joint replace my with the condition you describe would be the present of a blood clot. Even though you have likely received medication to prevent blood clots they are not 100 percent effective. Seek care and potentially need an ultrasound to evaluate for a clot. ...Read more

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Had hip replacement surgery over 3 yrs ago and have pain down outise of thigh and "frayed piriformis and gluteus medias" - will it ever get better?

Had hip replacement surgery over 3 yrs ago and have pain down outise of thigh and "frayed piriformis and gluteus medias" - will it ever get better?

See PT: Your walking pattern has changed pre or post hip, surgery, and this most likely caused the problem. It will Improve with correction of the underlying problem. Piriformis exercises can be done to assist.
Ask your doc to eval the hip and low back by X-rays and examination to confirm the diagnosis, and get referral to physical therapy to help resolve it. ...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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Would a nanny job be hard on me if I've had 2 hip replacement and a knee surgery 2 yrs ago or would it be easier cause of more exercise? I sit too much

Would a nanny job be hard on me if I've had 2 hip replacement and a knee surgery 2 yrs ago or would it be easier cause of more exercise? I sit too much

Exercise: Exercise is generally a good thing. You could continue your NSAID medications and start slowly and gradually increase your work time. If you slowly get stronger with low impact exercise, you should be able to handle the nanny job well. ...Read more

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What are possible causes for severe swelling in foot up after having total hip replacement?

What are possible causes for severe swelling in foot up after having total hip replacement?

HIP REPLACEMENT: Hip replacement is major surgery and takes many hours to do it. Severe swelling after or is due to traumatic surgery and not well established circulation yet. They have to use crutches, undergo intensive physical therapy to properly walk again. ...Read more

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I had total hip replacement 4 weeks ago. On Mon I was put on keflex for infection. For the past 2 days I'm exhausted. Redness/swelling much better???

Hard to say: Many potential causes. You certainly would need to be followed closely as oral antibiotics alone would rarely cure a deep infection associated with a hip replacement. Getting some basic blood work to make sure you are not anemic and a primary care check up would probably be a good idea. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Leg Swelling (Definition)

Leg swelling could be due to infection, allergy, poor circulation/congestive heart failure or lymphadema. If you have leg swelling you ...Read more