Yes. It takes a lot of energy to heal after surgery. The feeling should subside after one to two months.
Very common. Following hip or knee replacement fatigue is common. The body is mobilizing all its nutritional resources to heal the surgical site and often patients are anemic (low blod counts) due to blood loss from surgery. Coupled with the psychological stress of a major operation it is common for patients to feel fatigued. It is important to get adequate sleep and rest. Fatigue usually resolves in 6-8 wks.
Infection. Infection following hip replacement occurs and in and of itself is not a sign of poor care.
Known complication. An infection in a total hip replacement is a very challenging complication to deal with. It is not "common" - the reported rate of infection after surgery is less than 1%, and therefore is not considered negligence. It needs to be treated aggressively to maximize the chance of successful treatment.
Uncommon. Infection after tha is a known complication that occurs in 0.1-2% of hip replacement procedures. Factors that can affect this incidence include patient conditions such as obesity, diabetes, or immune system diseases, as well as the length of surgery time, wound closure methods, and experience of the surgeon. Some hospitals and surgeons have higher rates of infection.
Walking. Prolonged or severe hip pain following hip placement is unusual, so be sure to discuss it with your surgeon. For most people, walking is very effective in reducing the pain and pain killers are rarely necessary after a few days or weeks. Start with Acetaminophen and avoid nsaids unless your surgeon approves.
Should be okay. I recommend using an epidural for the surgery and then transition to oral medications a few hours later. I'd also suggest talking to your doctor about giving your a few different types of pain medication immediately before surgery, which helps reduce the amount of pain you experience afterward. Fortunately, hip replacements do not hurt that much - most of our patients walk the same day day.
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.
6 Months. It takes 3 to 6 months to recover from hip replacement surgery. If you have long standing arthritis you will have immediate pain relief of your arthritis but incision pain and muscle weakness will take longer to resolve.
6-12 weeks. Most patients are about 90% recovered by 6 weeks after primary tha. At this time most patients are walking, driving, and getting around quite well with little or no pain. The soft tissue healing goes on for 3-6 months so there may be ongoing improvement in function over that time.
3 months. The arthritis pain is gone immediately, but it takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery. Three months to return to all normal activities. I tell patients that it will be a year before you reach maximal improvement.
It is good to be fit. For your height, your weight should be between 80 to 85kg (175 to185 pounds). This is healthy weight but it is not an absolute figure that determines your fitness for surgery. Ask your orthopedic doctor's advice too.
? There is no specific # but bmi over 40 or certainly over 50 makes it a great deal harder to do also risk tends to go up with increased weight.
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.
Not necessarily. Leg swelling is not unusual after hip replacement, however, it can also indicate more serious conditions like blood clots. Make sure you express your concerns with your surgeon so that they can examine your leg to determine if the swelling is normal or not.
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.