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Should a woman wear high heels after a total hip replacement?

Should a woman wear high heels after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Evidence suggests that high heels do not adversely affect the hip after the surgery has had time to heal. ...Read more

Dr. James Krick
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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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Can a woman wear high heels after having a total hip replacement?

Can a woman wear high heels after having a total hip replacement?

Yes: Prolonged and daily use of high heel foot wear may cause problems in the feet especially the front part. But for short periods yes one can, but it is important to train gait with flat foot wear, feel steady and in control and then progress to heels to avoid risk of fall. ...Read more

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What leg motions can be done after a total hip replacement?

What leg motions can be done after a total hip replacement?

It depends...: Early movement restrictions are based on the surgical method used. Extreme positions need to be avoided in the first 6 weeks no matter what. If an anterior approach is used, hyperextension combined with rotating the foot outward can be a problem. If a posterior approach is used, the risky move is hip flexion (bringing hip up to chest) combined with internal rotation.

Eventually, most are safe. ...Read more

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If a person had a total hip replacement (anterolatera), then what are stable leg motions?

If a person had a total hip replacement (anterolatera), then what are stable leg motions?

Stable: These are exactly what their name implies; motions that promote a stable leg; and this is important especially after hip/joint replacement as part of the rehabilitative process. Ask the orthopedist/physical therapist for more about this. ...Read more

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How is leg length discrepancy measured after total hip replacement? How long should one wait to evaluate?

How is leg length discrepancy measured after total hip replacement? How long should one wait to evaluate?

Let me explain: Limb length discrepancy can be measured by a physician during a physical examination and through x-rays.
Usually, the physician measures the level of the hips when the patient is standing barefoot. A series of measured wooden blocks may be placed under the short leg until the hips are leveled. If the physician believes a more precise measurement is needed, he or she may use x-rays. (scanogram). ...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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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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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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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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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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I had total hip replacement 9 18 2012 hip responding very well but my knee on the same leg is very bothersome mostly upon compression (walking) my pt?

A few possibilities: A persistent hip problem can cause referred pain to the knee on the same side.

You may be more active now that your hip is improved, unmasking what was a previously a lesser problem in your knee.

The hip replacement could have slightly changed the alignment of of your limb, which could cause changed loading of your knee.

You should talk to the orthopaedic surgeon who replaced your hip about thi. ...Read more

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I am having groin pain when lifting left leg. Especially when lifting it to get into a vehicle. Total hip replacement done on this hip 10/2015?

I am having groin pain when lifting left leg. Especially when lifting it to get into a vehicle. Total hip replacement done on this hip 10/2015?

Groin pain s/p THR: It's possible that the total hip replacement surgery have disturbed something to the groin causing pain. Was the pain present from right after surgery or did it develop later? Have you talk to your orthopedic surgeon? What did they say? What make of vehicle are you speaking of? Try a different way of getting into it or adjust the seat. Also, consider consulting with a physical therapist. ...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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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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Total hip replacement 1 year ago. Having pain. MD ordered blood work. It shows high Polys (80.1), and low Lymphs (15.3), high c-reactive protein?

Total hip replacement 1 year ago. Having pain. MD ordered blood work. It shows high Polys (80.1), and low Lymphs (15.3), high c-reactive protein?

Possible infection: Elevations of polys and C-reactive protein in the blood is suggestive of an inflammatory response as with infection. There are other less common reasons for these particular elevations, and should be interpreted in context with your medical history, other lab results, medications and physical findings. ...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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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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Is it normal that I have so much pain in my back after a total hip replacement?

Is it normal that I have so much pain in my back after a total hip replacement?

No: Although the lower back and the hip work in coordination, it would be very unusual to see significant increase in low back pain after hip replacement. Improved mobility in the new hip replacement may actually lessen the strain on the lower back. Talk to your surgeon and consider seeing a physical therapist for help. ...Read more

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How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

At home or center: Hip replacement rehabilitation begins in the hospital shortly after hip surgery. Continued rehab may then continue at home with the proper home nursing rehab team or in a rehabilation center. See which your surgeon prefers and your insurance covers. Don't cut corners on this type of procedure only to develop problems years later. ...Read more

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What restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

What restrictions will I have after a total hip replacement?

Not many: After hip replacement, I allow my patients to return to any activity that they are comfortable doing. Every patient finds certain things they can and certain things they cannot do comfortably. For example, I have a champion powerlifter, but he is not comfortable jogging. I have a bilateral hip replacement patient who is training for a marathon. All I ask is that they get an x-ray every 1-2 yrs. ...Read more

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Has anyone gotten pregnant after a total hip replacement?

Has anyone gotten pregnant after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Pregnancy is not an issue to worry about after a tha. I have had many patients get pregnant afterwards with no problems. ...Read more

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Why might someone have pain in their back after a total hip replacement?

Why might someone have pain in their back after a total hip replacement?

Ligament strain: Low back pain post-hip arthroplasty might represent ligament strain on pelvis joints; sacroiliac joints are largest joints in axial spine. Post-op soft tissue injury or leg length inequality might explain. The only study able to define leg length inequality is imaging scannogram. If your Orthopedist discounts your discomfort, then see an Osteopath. Solution might simply be a one-side heel lift. ...Read more

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Could I return to school after a total hip replacement?

Could I return to school after a total hip replacement?

Yes: Within a coulpe of weeks you should be able to tolerate sitting for an hour or so on a pillow. ...Read more

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Will I be able to return to school soon after a total hip replacement?

Will I be able to return to school soon after a total hip replacement?

Yes: You might return two to six weeks after surgery depending on pain levels and transportation needs. ...Read more

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Two months after a total hip replacement, I am experiencing pain in the buttocks. What would you recommend I do? Will this become permanent?

See a back doctor: Buttock pain is usually due to nerve compression in the spine, assuming that you don't have a large blood collection back there. ...Read more

Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

Replacement of hip ball and socket...Or ...Read more