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    Old 02-28-2006, 10:44 AM   #1
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    The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Since our original thread has been closed let me be the first to begin the "new thread".

    How is everyone. My hip is holding it's own. I'll be back later...miss all you "hippy people"!!!

     
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    Old 02-28-2006, 05:48 PM   #2
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hi all... MrsLinda, thanks for starting a new tread for our old "six months." Anyway, it's good to hear from you and it sounds like you are doing fine. Talk to you all later...balleteach

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    Old 02-28-2006, 06:50 PM   #3
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    HI HIPPIES....had to respond to you MrsLinda since I started the original post. Good idea to start a new one...that thread just took off...over a year since I started it. Bet this one takes off too. Things are great here...best decision to have that surgery. Anyone thinking about it, just do it, as they say...I check this board all the time, have to start posting more often. THe support here is just great.

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 04:22 AM   #4
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Good Morning balleteach and Silver! Good to see you both. I'm doing well. We've all decided that "scar tissue" is the cause of my discomforts when I step up and over something. But I've joined Curves, went back to Weight Watchers and so far so good. I was hesitant to do some of the machines but I did bring the brouchure in to the Ortho Surgeon and he said I was fine. Funny; I actually thought about this board lastnight as I was doing this exercise where you sit and bring the legs in and out in a sideways motion. I thought "well if Ripanco can ride horses and spread those legs out then I can do this".

    I need to run...lets keep this one going like we did Silver's original thread!!!

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 01:55 PM   #5
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hi everyone, Hope everyone is doinf well. I,m so glad this threads been started again. I had something happen over the weekend that's got me so depressed and upset, I just don't know what to do. My husband and I went to the grocery store. He was standing in line waiting in line waiting to check out and I was at the front of the store waiting for him looking at the fruit and veggies. I took a step and my hip that I'd had replaced on Dec. 2nd dislocated. The ambulance came and took me to the hospital. After about 3 hours or so the orthopedic dr. on call came and they took me to the OR and fixed my hip. It was the most excruciating pain I have ever felt in my life. Now, I am so scared it's going to happen again. I'm afraid to walk. I noq have to wear a brace. I see my doctor tomorrow. I was doing so well and getting around great.I don't understand what happened and that's what scares me most. I wouls really appreciate it if anyone has ever had this happen or knows anything about it or can give me some advice. I am thankong you in advance, Katsandea

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 06:17 PM   #6
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Oh Katsandra I'm so sorry that happened! Did you pivit or twist in some sort of way? It shouldn't just "dislocate" like that. Please let us know what your doctor tells you tomorrow. Again; I'm really sorry that happened to you!

     
    Old 03-01-2006, 10:36 PM   #7
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Katsandra, what a terribly frightening thing to happen! I can imagine how nervous you are now about moving about. It certainly doesn't seem right that it should have dislocated that easily. Please post again after you talk with your doctor. Good Luck and God Bless. Anne

     
    Old 03-02-2006, 02:50 AM   #8
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    hello everyone,

    sorry i don't mean to jump into your conversation, but i like to know how old you guys were when you had a hip replacement.

    i cannot believe when i rang up to my health insurance to confirm about my future op they said that my cover does not cover hip replacement unless i upgraded it.

    then there's this dilemma that one of my doc advises me not to go for hip replacement because of my age and talks me through about the faliurehood of future surgery. feeling perflexed... hopeless right now.

    i am in a stage where i am having trouble getting in and out of my bed... i feel i am using all the force i have to use my muscle to lift up my right leg.... it's stabbbingly painful....

    did anyone here reach to that stage? how did you guys cope with the pain?

    sometimes i just wish i had an accident now, and maybe i would ended up in an ER room with more relief than now.

     
    Old 03-02-2006, 10:30 AM   #9
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Katsandra, I'm so sorry that this scary thing happened to you. I'm sure this has totally shattered your confidence and made you nervous and fearful.You really should be on the road to recovery and getting better at this point. Were there any complications during or after the surgery? Also, have you been gradually recuperating up to this point? The only person I know that had a dislocation was in her 70's and slipped in the bathtub. Otherwise, the only other thing that comes to mind is maybe you have osteoporosis in the femur and the implant hasn't grown into the bone enough to stabilize the hip joint. That should show up in an x-ray. I met a lady when I was giving blood for my THR who was having her 3rd or 4th replacement because her femurs were too brittle to hold the implants. She had THR in both hips. I hope this isn't the case with you and the Dr. can get to the bottom of the cause. We are all very sympathetic and will be here to support you. This is our biggest fear, but usually the farther out you are from the surgery the less likely dislocation is to occur. Please keep us updated and don't hesitate to vent about your frustration. If my memory is correct, I think you are the first person to post that has had a dislocation. Looking forward to hearing from you...balleteach

     
    Old 03-02-2006, 08:21 PM   #10
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    jimmyhonda, you need to do something! You should not have to put up with that sort of pain. In my case I was 54 when I had both hips resurfaced last December. I won't go through the story again because I posted it on the previous thread (and on the thread "hip resurfacing"), and I don't want this thread to be truncated too. But check out your options. Like you, I found that my private health cover would not cover the full cost of the operation and hospital so I ended up many thousands out of pocket. But it was worth it! Even if I had had to re-mortgage the house - life is not a dress rehearsal.

    The doctor that is cautioning you about replacement has in mind that surgery to replace a failed THR is more difficult, and the results are not as good as first time round. Also, failure rates for metal/polyethelene THRs are much greater for younger more active persons than for older less active ones.

    It was for these reasons that resurfacing was developed, and also metal/metal THRs. My own view is that resurfacing should be looked at first, and then metal/metal THR if resurfacing is not appropriate. I am conscious too that the US FDA still looks at resurfacing as experimental and that this means that it is difficult to get for people in the US.

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    Old 03-03-2006, 11:31 AM   #11
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hi Everyone, Thanks to all who replied and gave encouragement. Well, I went to my dr. appt. yesterday. I had an x-ray of the hip and saw my dr. He was as surprised as I was by what happened. He said the dr. who put my hip back into place said it was very difficult to get back in place. He thinks I must have turned my leg just the wrong way for it to come out. He also said he thought the cup may have moved slightly, although he looked at an x-ray from december and one from yesterday and said it would be very slight. He said that enough bone may not have grown around the cup yet. Neverless, I will have to wear this brace for at least 2 months and he says if it happens again he'll have to make the implant longer which will mean wearing a lift in my other shoe. So, I guess I'll sit on my but for 2 months and do what exercising I can while in this predicament. I want to make sure it heals well this time. He also said out of all the bad things that could happen after THR, that this was thebest of the bad. The thing I hate most is my husband having to do so much for me. I'm a fairly independant person and that part is really hard for me, even though he does it and doesn't complain. Sweet guy hugh! Anyways, I'm going to try to think positively and not do anything I'm not supposed to do. Katsandra

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 11:43 AM   #12
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    <<So, I guess I'll sit on my but for 2 months and do what exercising I can while in this predicament.>>

    Katsandra--

    Did your doctor tell you to just sit for the next couple of months?? I would seem to me that you still need to be mobile, just be sure to keep everything pointed in the right direction!

    Anne

     
    Old 03-03-2006, 03:42 PM   #13
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hi Kiricki, As I said in a previous post, this brace I'm wearing is very restricting. While I can walk around there isn't much else I can do. It's not very comfortable either. I'lljust do the best I can for the next 2 months. Thanks for replying. Katsandra

     
    Old 03-07-2006, 03:28 PM   #14
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hello Everyone--

    Just wanted to mention that I have placed a post, under a new thread, regarding my one year check up, today.

    Thanks to everyone for reaching out with encouragement so many times!

    Anne

     
    Old 03-12-2006, 05:51 PM   #15
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    Re: The "New 6 Month After Hip Replacement" thread

    Hi everyone, I've just passed my one year mark for THR, but cannot say I'm a happy camper. After seeing another specialist in physical therapy, I have started a new round of therapy with ultrasound and exercises. For those of you who have not read my original post, my sciatic nerve was damaged during surgery 3/9/05, and I was left with a numb foot, and the left side of my calf is numb also, the foot numbness causes me to have drop foot, necessitating the wearing of a cumbersom leg brace. I have to say the brace does help me walk but it tires me out when I walk because it takes so much effort. I have had a EMG (nerve stimulation test) and was told I might eventually get some of the feeling back, when and how much they can't tell me. I have terrific soreness in the muscles in my hip and lower back, which I'm told is due to the fact the the muscles in my foot and leg are not working right, causing more of a strain, the exercises are supposed to help, but so far I have had 6 months of different types of physical therapy, with no real progress. I have also now developed a rotator cuff tear ( noticed my shoulder hurting many months ago, but it has steadily gotten worse. Had an MRI and have a 75% tear, so right now I'm going for OC for that. Some times I feel I should have just lived with the hip pain and maybe none of these things would have happened.
    Well, I'll stop complaining, I still have some good health (I'm 71) have a very supportive husband, he does so much in the house for me, that I'm am trully blessed.
    By for now, glad to find the group again.

     
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