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Old 05-06-2012, 12:29 PM   #1
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Femoral Nerve Damage Following Hip Replacement

I had my left hip replaced almost four months ago and immediately after the surgery I noticed a lack of feeling and strength in my leg, from just above the knee down to my ankle. My consultant says that the femoral nerve may have been bruised or stretched during the surgery which can happen in some cases.

He has told me that in 90% of cases (if it is bruised) that it will heal itself within 18 months otherwise I will have to live with it forever.

Fortunately I don't have any pain at all but the lack of strength really affects my work, I am a photographer.

Does anyone else have this condition? Has it got better for you or not?

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Old 05-06-2012, 01:04 PM   #2
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Re: Femoral Nerve Damage Following Hip Replacement

I had some nerve damage after ankle surgery. It wasn't that bad, just a numb big toe. 14 months after the surgery, I started to get feeling back, pins and needles. It was kind of painful at first. It's completely normal now, though.

Some people believe that moving, touching and massaging the affected body part helps the nerve recover. It might help, and it can't hurt. You can also explore braces, to make it easier to walk, and electronic muscle stimulation, to prevent muscle atrophy.

 
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:48 PM   #3
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Re: Femoral Nerve Damage Following Hip Replacement

Thanks Jane, hopefully I won't have to wait that long.

I will try the massaging and see if that helps.

 
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Re: Femoral Nerve Damage Following Hip Replacement

Hi... I too am a photographer and I had a hip replacement (left) back in April 2012. The day after the surgery I had the most excruciating pain around the base of my big toe... felt like it was in a vice that someone was tightening. I also had swelling and numbness of the left leg, which was expected of course.

Over time during my recovery, the swelling subsided and the pain around the hip got less and less so that after 6 weeks it was fine. However, the pain around my big toe and the numbness from the knee down and in my foot was exactly the same as the day after surgery. I did some research and self diagnosed either peroneal nerve damage or sciatic nerve damage.

The surgeon acted surprised when I went for my first post-op visit and mentioned the pain in my toe and foot. He obviously didn't want to admit that during surgery they had damage some nerves.

So, I've been to several specialists, had MRI, Doppler and other tests and nobody can tell me if the pain can be fixed. So I'm resigned to the fact I am going to have to live with it. I can walk a lot better, the hip feels fine and I can live with the numbness in the leg and foot. As I sit here typing this, the vice around the base of my big toe is exactly the same as it was almost 18 months ago.

I hope you have better luck than me.

Cheers

Dave

 
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