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Why is my leg paralyzed after hip replacement surgery...Im only 43.....Now what?

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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Dr. Austina Cho
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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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What could be the reason why my right leg collapsed under me? It happened twice, once in december and again yesterday in feb. I had a hip replacement 10 years ago. It is the same leg that collapsed twice. I don't know if there could be a link.

What could be the reason why my right leg collapsed under me?  It happened twice, once in december and again yesterday in feb. I had a hip replacement 10 years ago.  It is the same leg that collapsed twice.  I don't know if there could be a link.

Important : Important things to know is if you are having pain in the hip, leg, or knee on the affected side? Do you hear any noises in any of the above mentioned joints? Regardless, when your leg collapses it is usually due to a problem in the tendons or ligaments that support a joint. You could also have a problem with the hardware in your hip. You will need to see your doctor for an evaluation of this problem, which will include an examination and imaging studies (x rays and possible an mri). Best of luck. ...Read more

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I've had hip replacement 8 years ago, and am now experiencing pain in the rear of the hip and down my leg. What would cause this pain?

I've had hip replacement 8 years ago, and am now experiencing pain in the rear of the hip and down my leg. What would cause this pain?

Sciatic nerve pinch.: Based on it's location, the pain is most likely due to compression of the nerve root as it exits spinal canal (at the level l5-s1). The test, that is most revealing, is MRI of the lumbar spine. Consider visit to pain specialist for evaluation and treatement. ...Read more

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What bone leg is involved during a hip replacement?

What bone leg is involved during a hip replacement?

Pelvis and femur: The hip socket is part of the pelvis and is fitted with a metal shell during a hip replacement. Usually a plastic liner goes inside the shell as the artificial cartilage replacement. The ball portion of the hip joint is the uppermost end of the femur. It is replaced with a metal ball during the procedure, which is attached to a metal implant that is secured a few inches into the femur. ...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?

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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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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