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Dr. Barry Waldman Dr. Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Corey Clay
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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


Dr. John Dearborn Dr. Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
26 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Philip Miller Dr. Miller
Family Medicine
43 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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I am a professional golfer had a total hip replacement left side 8 weeks ago. Last 2 weeks pain has returned in thigh and butt. Why and what to do?

I am a professional golfer had a total hip replacement left side 8 weeks ago. Last 2 weeks pain has returned in thigh and butt. Why and what to do?

Post op pain/neuralg: Consult your orthopedic surgeon for additional evaluation of the operative site, i would recommend the use of over the counter nsaids ( advil or aleve (naproxen) ) as needed until further evaluation. Must rule out infection, neuritis, neuralgia or post operative issues. ...Read more

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Dr. John Dearborn Dr. Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
26 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Total hip replacement a year ago. Dr stretched my femoral nerve and said nerve would return 100% by 6 mos. After 1 yr, I have abt 60%. How much longer?

Total hip replacement a year ago. Dr stretched my femoral nerve and said nerve would return 100% by 6 mos. After 1 yr, I have abt 60%. How much longer?

This could be it: This is a rare complication and usually the result of an anterior hip approach. Injury to the sensory nerve to the thigh is the more common issue with this approach. I agree that regrowth is about 1mm per day after the first few weeks, but a year is more than enough time for the nerve cell to find it's way if it going to happen. You can have a neurologist evaluate your current status with an emg. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Guzik Dr. Guzik
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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How can you rehab after a total hip replacement?

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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Dr. Raj Sinha Dr. Sinha
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
28 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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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Dr. Barry Waldman Dr. Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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

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Dr. Bertrand Kaper Dr. Kaper
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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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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Dr. David Fisher Dr. Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Thomas Riney Dr. Riney
Pediatrics
33 years in practice
Loma Linda University School of Medicine
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Dr. John Dearborn Dr. Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
26 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Dr. James Burns Dr. Burns
Emergency Medicine
33 years in practice
Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
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How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

How long does it take to sit for an 8 hour shift after a total hip replacement? At 4 weeks post op I can only sit upright with a pillow for 2 hours.

It is variable but: generally by 4 months post-op you should be comfortable sitting for that long. Don't forget that a total hip replacement is a major surgery with a major piece of hardware. ...Read more

Dr. John Dearborn Dr. Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
26 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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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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Dr. David Fisher Dr. Fisher
Orthopedic Surgery
35 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. James Flanagan Dr. Flanagan
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
44 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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How long will i be out of work for a total hip replacement?

Work after THA: Depends on type of occupation and type of surgical approach. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Waldman Dr. Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Dr. Barry Waldman Dr. Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
25 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I'm going in for a total hip replacement , how long should I wait to drive my car alone?

4-6 weeks: Once you are off narcotics and can walk with a cane, driving is usually safe. It can be a little quicker for a left hip replacement. ...Read more

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Dr. John Dearborn Dr. Dearborn
Orthopedic Surgery - Reconstruction
26 years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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Can you please tell me why it'simportant to get a second opinion for a total hip replacement?

Can you please tell me why it'simportant to get a second opinion for a total hip replacement?

For confidence: Interviewing a second doctor can sometimes open your eyes to a different point of view. Also, establishing a good rapport with your doctor is important. ...Read more

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Dr. John Michalski Dr. Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery
32 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Why would a teenager need a total hip replacement?

Why would a teenager need a total hip replacement?

Young THA: Dysplasia, trauma, avascular change, developmental issues, among others, may make tha a good choice in a teenager. Other considerations to pelvic, acetabular, and femoral osteotomies should be entertained as well. ...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