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Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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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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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I had an operation for hip replacement and I got muscles problem cause pain in my foot and and not function properly or Failure after intramuscular.

I had an operation for hip replacement and I got muscles problem cause pain in my foot and and not function properly or Failure after intramuscular.

Varies: The whole question did not come through. If you are having pain running down your leg into your foot after a hip replacement, it would usually either be related to an irritation if a nerve in the back, or that same nerve can also potentially be stretched during your hip replacement. I would discuss directly with your surgeon. ...Read more

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After total hip replacement 4 mos ago I have numbness/pain in incision area and down to the knee, what should I do?

After total hip replacement 4 mos ago I have numbness/pain in incision area and down to the knee, what should I do?

Depends: Depending on the approach used by the surgeon the pain may be due to a cut or impinged nerve (direct anterior approach) or trochanteric bursitis (lateral, posterolateral, anterolateral approach). As the latter is more common approach, your numbness (related to the incision will diminish, and the pain will respond to therapy and steroid injection. See your doctor and explain your symptoms. ...Read more

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My husband had hip replacement 10 yrs ago on left hip. Now he's having severe pain in the center of his incision and foot on that side stays swollen.

My husband had hip replacement 10 yrs ago on left hip. Now he's having severe pain in the center of his incision and foot on that side stays swollen.

Old hip replacement: Hello. I suggest that your husband be seen by his doctor who performed the surgery or at least one of that doctor's colleagues to rule out any issues with his hardware- like loosening. Life span of hip arthroplasties are around 15-20 years but your husband could be near the life end of his current hardware. ...Read more

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I am a diabetic, osteoporous, arthritic and have had a hip replacement. I have been told to get an RA test done. Myhands hurt and go numb and the numbness may last from20 seconds to an hour. What might be the cause of it?

I am a diabetic, osteoporous, arthritic and have had a hip replacement. I have been told to get an RA test done. Myhands hurt and go numb and the numbness may last from20 seconds to an hour. What might be the cause of it?

2 major causes: The 2 most likely causes are cervical spondylitis (pinched nerve in neck from arthritic spurs or ruptured disk) or diabetic peripheral neuropathy. An MRI and/or nerve conduction study will distinguish the 2 conditions. Treatments are different. ...Read more

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What is the maximum weight a 6 foot 3 inch male can be for total hip replacement surgery?

What is the maximum weight a 6 foot 3 inch male can be for total hip replacement surgery?

Depends on your MD: We don't do surgery on patients with a bmi above 38, primarily because the implant companies are not going to stand behind their implants when they are put in the morbidly obese.

At 6'3" the limit is 304 lbs in our practice. ...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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Could a total hip replacement cause both of my feet/ankles to swell and become red everyday? I also have CKD so I am concerned.

Could a total hip replacement cause both of my feet/ankles to swell and become red everyday? I also have CKD so I am concerned.

Timing: If you have had this operation within the past 6 weeks it so, call your orthopedic surgeon, and ask whether or not it is appropriate to check for a blood clot in your leg. If this operation was more than 6 weeks or so ago, call your primary care doctor for a proper evaluation. Hope this helps! ...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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About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

About 48 hours ago I stepped on a rusty nail went went to inches in my foot hip replacement on the same side so I had a tetanus shot 12 years ago do I?

Tetanus shot is: Only good for 10 years at the most. Some say 5 years for really dirty cuts. Please get tetanus shot as soon as possible. I would have wound evaluated at the same time. ...Read more

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Numbness from knee to toes right leg after total hip replacement 6 weeks ago. Pain riht hip. Is this normal?

Numbness from knee to toes right leg after total hip replacement 6 weeks ago. Pain riht hip. Is this normal?

Not normal: No, it doesn't sound normal. Please call your surgeon and speak to the doctor on call with the answering service. If this is new, may need to go to ER. ...Read more

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I know you can have a knee and hip replacement, but can you get a ankle replacement?

I know you can have a knee and hip replacement, but can you get a ankle replacement?

Yes but..: Unfortunately, the results have not been as reliable as knee and hip replacement.

There are stringent criteria to be an ideal candidate for ankle replacement. The ankle is not as forgiving as these other joints and the procedure is highly technical. Anyone considering this option make sure that you consult with a orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon. One in your area can be found at www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more

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My surgeon selected a size smaller ball than appropriate for my hip replacement because the right one was dropped, is this okay?

My surgeon selected a size smaller ball than appropriate for my hip replacement because the right one was dropped, is this okay?

Yes.: There are a number of ball sizes available and each one differs in diameter (size) from the next one by only a few millimeters. A smaller head size means a thicker layer of polyethylene in the acetabular shell, which theoretically may mean it will last longer. In any event, it's not something to worry about. ...Read more

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My son needs a hip replacement after 15 years with broken ball joint. Are there any clinics in fresno. He has no insurance he can barely walk. Is there any low income clinics for ortho at fresno community

My son needs a hip replacement after 15 years with broken ball joint. Are there any clinics in fresno. He has no insurance he can barely walk. Is there any low income clinics for ortho at fresno community

Hello,: Hello, I would consider contacting these clinics. They should at least be able to get you started even though they are not likely to do hip replacement surgery.
West fresno community health center
302 fresno st. Fresno, ca – 93706. 559-457-5700
j bullard community health center
6011 n. Fresno st. Ste 115, fresno, ca – 93710. 559-457-6800
divisadero community health center - fresno
fresno, ca – 93701. 559-457-5919. ...Read more

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Will having a hip replacement result in problems in my sexual life?

Will having a hip replacement result in problems in my sexual life?

NO: You will be able to resume a sexual life. However, there are some precautions that will need to followed. Please discuss acceptable positions for sex after hip replacement. Aaos. Com is another source of information regarding sexual positions after hip replacement. ...Read more

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Has anyone had problems after having a total hip replacement, just from the device?

Yes: The biggest issue with hip replacement devices currently is the ones that use a metal against metal bearing. This articulation produces small amounts of cobalt and chrome debris that in some patients has caused hypersensitivity reactions, necessitating further surgery.

Occasionally, poorly designed devices break, but this is unusual. ...Read more

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2 years ago I fell from a ladder. Got hip replacement surgery. I still can't run, have pain when carrying heavy things, and feel hip when walking. Normal?

You should not be --: -running for 1 thing. Carrying heavy, what do you mean? Limit yourself to a weight you can handle. Also in my practice I always told patients to me, a replacement should be a little painful, otherwise there is nothing to tell you that you are doing 2 much. When carrying put the weight in the opposite hand. Weak abductors will cause you to lurch to the THA side. Try it and good luck. ...Read more

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What do I do when percocet 7.5/325 don't always work for the ppain from a dbl hip replacement?

What do I do when percocet 7.5/325 don't always work for the ppain from a dbl hip replacement?

Talk with doc: Percocet is a strong narcotic and you should be getting further recommendations from your treating surgeon. It's best to have the operating surgeon know about your pain, so he/she is aware and can direct treatment appropriately. Especially when narcotics are involved. ...Read more

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What can I do about a bad hip replacement?

See a specialist: The first thing you should do is talk to your orthopaedic surgeon and tell him or her the problem you are having. If you are unable to get the answers you need there, you need to seek a 2nd opinion. Find an orthopaedic surgeon, who specializes in adult reconstruction. University health systems are a good place to start. You'll need new x-rays and an infection work-up for evaluation & treatment. ...Read more

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How soon to start ballet after hip replacement?

3 months: When you resume, progress slowly. If you had an anterior approach, be a bit careful when you do the first position. ...Read more

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Is it ever better to wait to get a hip replacement?

Is it ever better to wait to get a hip replacement?

Hip prostheses: Typically last 15 years or so. Surgery has risks. Revisions are sometimes difficult. Thus I advise other treatments first for younger people like you to avoid your having many hip replacement and revision surgeries. Lifestyle modifications and proper exercise can be quite helpful. For example, Neal Barnard, MD wrote "Foods That Fight Pain, " a very helpful book on nutrition for arthritis/pain. ...Read more

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Can I use eliptical exercise after hip replacement?

Ask your doctor: I posit you'll be able to do many of the same activities you did before the hip surgery, if not more since you are not in pain, I hope. But you should always ask your surgeon before doing anything to make sure your body and procedure heal so you avoid complications. ...Read more

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Is your back supposed to hurt after hip replacement?

Not usually: If you had an epidural or spinal anesthetic, back pain can occur early and if severe it should be evaluated with an MRI scan to rule out a hematoma. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about partial zimmer hip replacement?

Hip replacement: The hip resurfacing maybe appropriate This depends on extent of disease and bone quality Get opinion from joint specialist ...Read more

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Who may be a candidate for artificial hip replacement?

Patients with pain: When pain is severe enough and is not controlled with non-operative therapy, hip replacement is a possibility. Age and medication conditions sometimes preclude surgery, but this is not common. ...Read more

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Hip replacement ever done for anyone in their forties?

Hip replacement ever done for anyone in their forties?

Yes: If medical management of hip pain fails, surgical treatment can be considered. Patients who have conditions such as avascular necrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or hip dyplasia are typically younger than those patients with osteoarthritis. Also, "less invasive" procedures such as hip resurfacing is commonly done in the younger age group. ...Read more

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Where is the best place to get a hip replacement redone?

THA revision: Speak with your operative hip surgeon and take their recommendation to have revision done by someone well-versed in revision work--it may or may not be the primary surgeon, depending upon surgeon experience in this, as well as operating room specialty equipment and instruments available. ...Read more

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Foot Numbness (Definition)

Foot numbness can be described as having a reduced sensation of feeling in the foot. It is generally a sign of an underlying neurological condition involving the sensory ...Read more