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What is the pain is involved when having a total hip replacement operation.?

What is the pain is involved when having a total hip replacement operation.?

Mild to moderate: The pain with hip replacment surgery is a function of the damage to the tissues as one tries to accurately place the new joint. Surgeons using techniques to minimize the damage will have less pain post op. The direct anterior approach to hip replacement offers the least damage to the muscles when performed by a surgeon experienced in this technique. ...Read more

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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


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I need a total hip replacement as a result pf severe osteoarthritis can I receive cortisone shots to relieve pain til the scheduled operation. ?

I need a total hip replacement as a result pf severe osteoarthritis can I receive cortisone shots to relieve pain til the scheduled operation. ?

Maybe: Cortisone can sometimes reduce the pain from oa in the hip. Most surgeons prefer an interval of 3 months or more from the last cortisone injection to the date of surgery. The frequency of the injections may be every 3 -4 months if they are of benefit. ...Read more

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I recently underwent a total hip replacement. I am about 5 weeks post surgery. I tried to walk today without my crutch but limping. Any idea why?

I recently underwent a total hip replacement. I am about 5 weeks post surgery. I tried to walk today without my crutch but limping. Any idea why?

First check: with your surgeon , exercise and ambulation varies depending on your disease that required surgery the type of surgery , your own body built etc will tell you Go for a follow up exam. ...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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If someone has a total hip replacement or other hip surgery that uses some metal, how does this work when going through metal detector @ airport?

If someone has a total hip replacement or other hip surgery that uses some metal, how does this work when going through metal detector @ airport?

Need addit screening: Joint repair hardware will likely set off the alarm. TSA doesn't care about the card that says you have hardware. You should let them know going in that you have a joint replacement and they will figure out how to screen you, depending on airport. http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipkneereplacement/f/metaldetectors.htm http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/metal-implants ...Read more

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Should having a prostate infection stop me from going ahead with a total hip replacement surgery?

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 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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How can I control pain after total hip replacement surgery?

How can I control pain after total hip replacement surgery?

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 more

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What are potential consequences from stalling total hip replacement surgery?

What are potential consequences from stalling total hip replacement surgery?

Pain and bone loss: In most cases, waiting is just a quality of life issue. Occasionally, I have had patients who waited so long that they ground down the roof of the hip socket, making the reconstruction more difficult. Check in with your surgeon yearly. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski
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Total Hip Replacement (Definition)

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