Hip Replacement Recovery: What to Expect, Timelines, Outcomes

Updated on April 8, 2018
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The author is a biologist who worked in conservation, aquatic biology, and woodland management over many years.

Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.
Many people recover fully from a hip replacement within three months.

A Note From the Author

Several years ago, my uncle had total hip replacement surgery. When I searched for information about the operation and recovery, there was little to be found. So, with help from an orthopedic nurse, I wrote this article in order to provide others with an outline of what to expect.

Since publication, the article has acquired nearly 3,000 comments.

It is these comments that make the page valuable. For a purely medical perspective, there is now a wonderful resource here: https://www.niams.nih.gov/health-topics/hip-replacement-surgery

For more detailed and personal experiences, the forum (at the bottom of this page), is an invaluable resource.

The Operation

Any surgery brings its worries but hip operations are routine and the techniques are well tested. Around 300,000 operations were performed last year in the US, alone. There is a very low rate of complications and hip replacement recovery is usually very good. For many people, a return to simple activities like walking a dog without pain are the gift of a lifetime.

As long as you have chosen a reputable hospital you should be able to let your medical team conduct your aftercare with full confidence. They know what is normal and expected during recovery and what is not. As long as you keep them fully informed of how you feel, they can take the best steps to reassure you or tackle any problems.

The op will take around 3 hours.
The op will take around 3 hours.

Typical Recovery Timeline

  1. The operation. This takes up to 3 hours.
  2. You will be monitored in a recovery room until you wake up.
  3. Once you are awake and ready to move, you will be taken to your hospital room.
  4. From the first day after surgery until you leave hospital, a physical therapist will introduce you to various exercises to speed up a return to full mobility in your hip.
  5. Returning home- you can travel in a normal car, though you will need to keep your leg straight. Some people with smaller cars remove the front passenger seat of their car and sit in back. Usually this isn't necessary. Your nurse can advise.
  6. After you return home (usually between one and three days after the operation) a physical therapist will work with you 3 or 4 times a week.
  7. Staples closing the incision (or incisions) will be removed after 14 days.
  8. You will be encouraged to gradually build up the amount of exercise as the weeks pass, though it is important to avoid falling and stairs will be a problem without the help of crutches or a walker.
  9. You can start driving again about six weeks after the operation unless you are still using pain medication.
  10. Follow up visits to your surgeon are typically at 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months.

The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.
The fitter you were before the operation, the better your chance of full recovery.

Full Recovery

For many people, their new hip is a joy to use after only three months. They can walk long distances, cycle and even hike up mountains. For others, recovery might take longer- perhaps even a full year. This depends on many factors like pre-operation fitness, age, weight, discipline in following exercises routines etc. Certainly, the more closely you follow medical advice and the more you talk to your doctor, the more likely you will recover at an optimal rate.

Lifetime of Replacement Hip

Technology is always advancing and hip replacements are lasting longer and longer. A recent study found that the majority of hip replacements installed twenty five years ago are still fully functional.

The lifetime of new prosthetics is expected to be even longer.

Complications of Hip Replacement Surgery

Blood clots in the leg need to be carefully managed by the medical team with medication and special stockings.

About 2 percent of patients will suffer a serious infection. This usually results from bacteria entering the body after the operation, sometimes from dental work or sometimes from skin or urinary infections. Any dental work should be preceded by a course of antibiotics.

Things Patients find most Difficult after Surgery

Shortly after surgery:

  • A burning sensation around the area of the incision. This can be treated with icepacks. The incision area should be kept dry, though.
  • During sleep you shouldn’t cross the operated leg over the 'center line' of the body for a few weeks to avoid stressing the muscles and ligaments of the hip. Use plenty of pillows to support the leg comfortably and keep it in place.
  • Pain in areas around the hip not previously affected. Trauma to various tissues during surgery can result in temporary pain- always mention any discomfort to your doctor.
  • Clunking sounds from the prosthetic. In the first few months after surgery, the muscles that normally keep the hip joint tightly in place may be too weak. This can cause partial separation of the ball and socket, resulting in strange sounds. These should disappear with time. If there is any pain, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
  • Emotional impacts. Some people have unrealistic expectations of the amount of time it will take to recover. They feel bad that they are letting people at work or home down or that they are a burden afer the operation. There are some great, candid discussions in the forums linked to below. Thinking- and talking- issues like this through before your operation could save a lot of upset.

After a few months:

  • Stiffness after sitting down for a while, which might mean using a stick to start walking.
  • Sudden jarring of the foot (produced by jumping say) can cause pain
  • The joint may squeak during prolonged exercise.
  • Hip replacement recovery after a year or so
  • The vast majority of people simply forget they have ever had a hip replacement.

Hip Replacement Recovery Forum

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        Poncho-Mike 

        3 days ago

        I am very happy with my results. It took about two weeks for the thigh muscles to adjust, but they are longer muscles so the stretching they experienced was a smaller percentage of their origina length. I'm hoping I will be able to sit without pain within a month.

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        wsmith6 

        4 days ago

        To Poncho-Mike,

        Wow, you had a lot more done than I did. You probably had a lot more soreness just from the extra reconstruction and the extra poking and prying that took. I wanted to make sure I got my money's worth, so I did all the exercises and went to all the PT sessions. If it didn't work out I didn't want to be because I didn't do my part. That being said, none of my post surgery work hurt, it was just a little sore at times. I hope when you get stretched out and strengthened up you feel as good as I do now.

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        Poncho-Mike 

        4 days ago

        To wsmith6,

        My original post was made a few days before my 6 week checkup (made at 7 wks due to July 4th holidays).

        At my 7 week checkup, my doctor said he didn't just do a hip replacement, he did a hip reconstruction. He didn't just lengthen the leg, he located the new ball on the same horizontal centerline as my good hip and adjusted the leg length to make the hip and leg geometry how it should have been in the first place. He said this stretched the hip abductor muscles on the repaired hip.

        Prior to surgery, I was unable to swing my right leg to the side, allowing the hip abductor muscle to become very weak. The hip abductor was stretched as a result of surgery. The leg lifts that I should have done were intended to strengthen the hip abductors.

        I should have soldiered on and done the leg lifts (lie on my side, lift my right leg up), but I waited a few weeks to see if anything else was going on with the leg.

        My doctor thinks the burning sensation and the pain in the side is due to the hip abductor weakness. He said once I strength these muscles and start using them again, the pain should go away. I will see him in another month. Regardless, I am 1000% better than what I was.

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        Rita 

        5 days ago

        To Lynn B: You probably have it all figured out by now, but my surgeon lo told me that walking around the house was th best exercise--no PT. When I looked at possible exercises, I could see why--they all replicate walking.

        I am 3 weeks out and doing well. Off meds. Age 72.

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        wsmith6 

        11 days ago

        Poncho-Mike, You may want to try a magnesium supplement if your cramps are occurring at night. They gave me magnesium in my drip IV at the hospital and I started taking it at home after that. It has stopped me from having cramps while sleeping.

        I get a slight burning sensation if I sit for over an hour. Not intolerable, just annoying.It has lessened with time. Also, I have had a standing desk at the office for several years and I find standing doesn't bother the hip. If I get tired, I can lower the desk. I also try to walk around a little every hour or so. (go get a drink refill and a restroom break).

        I had my right hip done 5 months ago and I just finished a week at Boy Scout camp with my son's troop, hiking up and down a mountain every day. I averaged about 18,000 steps per day. I rarely thought about the hip. Took a walking stick but decided to leave it at the tent. You may take while to heal due to your previous injury, but I hope you eventually get to where you don't even think about it anymore.

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        Poncho-Mike 

        12 days ago

        I had anterior based total hip replacement of my right hip a little over six weeks ago. I was researching typical post-surgery hip pain and found this website. I must say that I am relieved to see my experience is far better than most who have documented their results.

        My post-op experience was a little rough. Surgery got delayed from mid-day to late afternoon, and I don't think I ate dinner that evening. The nurses got me up to walk and I almost collapsed. My blood pressure dropped and my sugar levels spiked. Once I ate and got those things under control, things went much better.

        I was originally diagnosed with a hip defect in 1986 following a car accident. I was told I would need hip replacement before I was 50. I came very close to having hip replacement when I was 45, but chickened out. At age 60 I finally gave in.

        The ball on the femur was elliptical, and my right leg was 3/4" shorter than the left. I am a design engineer, so my profession allows me to do most of my work while sitting. In the last six months, I experienced extreme pain and burning sensation when standing after sitting.

        My doctor said he could lengthen the bad leg and make both legs roughly the same length. He told me that I had the worst hip he had seen in at least a year.

        My biggest problem wasn't pain or constipation, it was leg cramps. For about the first week, I would have constant leg cramps in the repaired leg when changing positions and while sleeping. I was totally off any pain medication within a week, and was only taking muscle relaxers before bedtime.

        My doctor feels you should take it easy after hip replacement, and said he wasn't scheduling any physical therapy until after I was healed (at least six weeks). I had some basic exercises (toe and heel extensions and leg lifts), which I mostly did. I didn't do my exercises as much as I planned due to leg cramps for the first two weeks.

        The leg lifts caused me pain in the right side, so I backed off them. Walking felt good, I was walking 1500 - 2200 ft at a time 4 - 5 times a day. No pain at all from walking. I was using the arm crutches, but began to rely on them less and less.

        My current problem (at 6 wks 4 days) is with sitting. After sitting for about 30 - 45 minutes, I start getting an uncomfortable sensation in my right hip. At first, it feels like I am sitting on a rock. As time wears on, it starts to feel like a mild burning sensation. If I continue to sit I will also start to feel some discomfort in my side. At that point, I lie down or walk and it goes away.

        I have some concerns about going back to work in two weeks. I do a lot of sitting. My left hip is slightly deformed, but not to the point I need surgery. I don't think I can stand for long periods of time.

        Has anyone experienced these symptoms? How long did they persist?

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        Maria1520 

        2 weeks ago

        Question-Did anyone get a card to hand to security when you walk through metal detectors? I have been to Six Flags 2 times and I keep making the metal detector go off when I walk through them. I tell the security guard that I had a hip replacement. They look at me like I’m nuts and then use the wand thing that does not go off at all. Has anyone had to deal with that?

        It will be 1 year on the 17th of this month that I’ve had my hip replacement done on my left hip. I feel great. I only have pain if I try to sleep on my left side or if I twisted wrong.

        Sorry Bruce. I don’t know anything about the poles. I had a walker then used a cane.

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        brucegainer 

        3 weeks ago

        I'm 2 weeks post hip surgery that went very well. Doc and Physio said I'm ready to walk with minor assistance. I have chosen trekking poles. What is the proper height for the poles?

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        akshayv 

        3 weeks ago

        I’m working in ICU and work 12hr shifts and started having plantar fasciitis and orthofeet shoes have solved my problem. I wish they were a little more stylish, but at this point I choose style over function. I see that they have a new color and I will most definitely purchase these again when they need to be replaced.

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        Mary 

        4 weeks ago

        I am 54 years old and had An Anterior left hip done May 10th. I’m 6 weeks out and doing great. I’m relearning going up and down stairs, I have to remind myself to use both legs not just one! I’m walking fine without assistance, probably slightly slower, I need to work on this! I mowed the yard at week 3, I’m

        Not going to lie, the first week was hell, but everyday was slightly better. My knee doubled in size, but elevation helped, and soon dissipated. The first week,

        Make sure you stay ahead of the pain, otherwise,it was not as bad as I thought

        It was going to be!

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        Nonna 

        4 weeks ago

        At 66, I had total replacement (anterior) on a Wed afternoon; up first thing Thurs morning; using walker walked all hallways that day; took a shower; dressed in my own clothes went home Fri morning. Home Nurse came on Sat & told me I could give up walker. Went to a cane & did stairs following week. Used a "leg-lifter" getting into and out of bed.

        Momentary burning/stinging at incision several times a day which ended within a couple weeks. At exactly 3 weeks & 3 days I had my life back. Was hiking and biking long distances within three months. Wish I'd had the replacement sooner!

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        Oriynn 

        5 weeks ago

        I had my left hip replaced 4 weeks ago. I am back at work with no assistance devices. I work retail on concrete. The only issue so far is sleep. I am not a back sleeper. I can sleep for short periods on the non operative side but I would re a lot love a good night's sleep. Stay positive. It does get better.

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        Shari 

        5 weeks ago

        I had my left hip replaced six months ago and all was going well. I went back to work part time on my feet and now have Bursitis on both hips. Also a pain radiating down both my legs and burning sensation. I have been to physiotherapy, chiropractor, Ice, heat and anti inflammatory and nothing seems to help. I am doing every I am suppose to. Anyone else going through something similar?

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        milero 

        6 weeks ago from Gloucester UK

        From reading all these posts and issues, I can only suggest you are patient in your recovery, and allow some time, we all heal at differenet rates, For my right THR 6 years ago I was out of hospital in 2 days and off pain meds in 12 hours, I was walking without crutches on 5 days ( this was way too quick and came back to haunt me ) so take some time.

        Also, no matter if you are seeing a private consultant or seeing an NHS consultant in the UK if you are worried or in pain, you MUST contact them and tell them whats going on and whats bothering you.

        I recommend an ice pack ( you can get these from Amazon ) or a bag of ice from the convenience store transfer into a zip seal bag and tie on with a bandage or towel on the incision area immediately after any exercise for 10 mins and repeat regularly through out the day, It helps with the pain and reduces inflammation.

        Simple rehab exercise that will help, try maybe doing 5 x then rest then do twice more if you get pain stop!

        Google these and also search on You Tube for a video is a great help

        Straight leg raises

        Glute Bridge

        Sit to stand( chair must not be too low and hips must not be lower than 90 degress

        please email if you need more exercises , peter @ forgemotorsport .co .uk , but speak with a therapist

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        Paula Christena 

        6 weeks ago

        Hi Lisa, I saw my Dr yesterday and the physical therapist . I was told recovery is sometimes slow and that I just have to keep at it. Really that's very disappointing news. I am going to try to do more exercises, I am sick of the walker. I can walk a little with the cane but I lurch or as the therapist says I cave. Progress is so slow the therapist suggested I take a video of me walking now and another one in two weeks and compare them so I can see the improvement. I thought that was a good idea. Hang in there, it can only get better.

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        Lisa 

        6 weeks ago

        Hi im 45 post 15 weeks after THR on left hip.. total breakdown today to physiotherapist.

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        Paula Christena 

        8 weeks ago

        Hi, I had THR 4/19/2018, I'm 69 yrs. I still walk with a walker, can barely walk with a cane, Can't put full weight on leg/hip yet. I expected to be much better by now. My physical therapist has me doing leg shifts, leg lifts, clam shells and others. Progress seems very slow, I had expected to be walking without the walker by now, (9 weeks).For TCC3 When I first came home after surgery I could not lift my leg at all and my muscles were very stiff, especially in my thigh front and back but I did not experience bad pain. Hope you are better soon. Hope we all are. I just want to walk my dog like I'm 50 yrs again. LOL

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        TCC3 

        8 weeks ago

        Hi - I was wondering anyone has had this problem. When I stand up straight and try and totally straighten the leg with the new hip I feel a pulling down the back of my leg and it hurts like hell - I cannot totally straighten the leg yet - is this normal?? Thanks

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        Maria1520 

        2 months ago

        Hello, I haven’t had a pulling sensation but I wasn’t able to lift my leg for awhile. I had to make sure I did my exercises. I started off doing them once a day. As time went on, I did them 2 -3 times a day. It took a couple of months for me to be able to lift my leg without struggling. Did your doctor give you leg exercises?

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        2 months ago

        Has anyone experienced a pulling sensation in their leg after hip surgery?How long ? I will be fine one minute then it hits.Also I can't lift the leg at all.How long does that go on?Will I ever be able to lift it?

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        dfjr63 

        2 months ago

        Lynnd1961a.....I am almost 55 and just had my right hip replaced on 16 Apr. when I went for my 2 week post-op appointment, I too was still using the walker. Your description was me to a tee. After that appointment I got a cane and transitioned. This is my 5th week and though I can now walk on my own, it can still be tiring and painful ( different pain from before surgery). I also had/have the same emotional issues......am I being a whimp, am I not doing enough, etc. my doctor said to me to just take my time. No one heals the same and at the same pace. I’m going to continue to do the best I can and I hope and pray you will do the same.

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        Lynnd1961a 

        2 months ago

        I just had bilateral THR on May 8. I am still unable to walk without using a walker and have limited motion in my right leg(meaning when I sit in my recliner, I am unable to lift my right leg, left leg was fine). My left leg was feeling great up until yesterday. Instead of muscular pain, I can now feel the pain in the bones and putting weight on it without using a walker just isn’t happening. People seem surprised that I am still using a walker so I just want to make sure it’s normal. I see my surgeon on Monday for follow up but I guess I need some reassurance that I’m not a whimp because I’m still not able to walk unaided. Today is day 9 post op. I am walking as much as I can and doing the exercises, but there was no further PT once I left the hospital. I am a 56 YO female in ok shape.

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        Jeff 

        2 months ago

        Thanks. good to hear and being patient is not one of my stronger qualities!

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        Maria1520 

        2 months ago

        Hi Jeff,

        I used to feel stiff when I sat for too long. I would walk until the stiffness wore off. I would use my iPhone to track my steps and found that very helpful. Each day I would try to do more and more steps. If you are working in an office, can you get a stand up desk? I had requested one of those when I returned to work but I also didn’t go back til 10 weeks after my surgery. The desk really helps when you can’t sit for extended periods of time because of the stiffness. If you have the ability to stand instead of sitting, try it. Move your legs a bit. Even driving for too long used to make me feel stiff and then it would hurt. I sat on a pillow when I first started driving again. As for pain meds can you take ibuprofen while working but take your real pain meds when you get home? I also used an ice pack and would place it on my incision and I would sit on one. That helped A LOT! Just try and be patient and believe that it will get better for you.It just takes time for everything to heal.

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        Jeff 

        2 months ago

        Neat forum and certainly makes me feel not alone in a painful recovery. 47 years of age and two weeks out and in a lot of pain and crazy stiff. Regret doing the surgery at this point. Trying not to take to much pain meds especially now being back at work. Thought I was in good shape for this but I am constantly in mild to severe pain and ridiculousy stiff. Had the anterior approach and have nerve pain on front of leg apparently from trapped nerve that they told me will "eventually" subside - when is the real question....

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        Wsmith6 

        2 months ago

        Thank you to all the previous posters for sharing your experiences. It has helped me through my THR and recovery. It has been 90 days since my right hip replacement and I feel years younger. I am 56 years old and fairly active. Prior to the surgery i could no longer keep up with my wife on our daily walks. The pain had snuck up on me so gradually that I didn't realize how much I was hurting. Now I am pain free and can tie my shoes again. My whole experience has been on the positive side. My surgery was at 8 am on Thursday and I was released at 10 am on Friday. I was surprised by how much fluids they pumped in me at the hospital. I went home 18 pounds heavier than I went in. It took a week to get back to my regular weight. And my mid back ached a little due to my kidneys trying to flush it out. I was also a little shocked at how swollen and purple my right foot and toes were. It definitely encouraged me to do my anti blood clot exercises and wear the compression socks. I looked forward to PT because it got me out of the house and my wife and I would have lunch on the way home. I started working half days from home at two weeks, driving at four weeks and back to the office at six weeks. I will probably need to have the other hip done in few years. I hope it goes as well as this one has.

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        Maria1520 

        2 months ago

        Hello Everyone!

        It’s been awhile since I have posted on here. May 17th will be 10 months since I’ve had my left THR done. I feel GREAT! I don’t have that awful pain anymore I can walk for miles. I have even ran on a treadmill! That is something I have not been able to do in years. My complaint used to be that I couldn’t sleep on my side. I can do that too. I prefer to lay on my right because laying on my left for too long starts to bother me. If I had to do it all again I would have gotten this done sooner than waiting. Walking is the best thing to do when you are finally able to do it but you must listen to your body. I walked everyday. Every few days i walked a little further each time. It took me about 10 days to go from walker to cane and I had the cane for 6 weeks or so. To all of you that just got it done, it will get better!

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        Texie C. Simpson 

        2 months ago

        why do I have to start using a cane after a year of walking?

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        Robb 

        3 months ago from Houston

        I am 7 days postop from THR. Pain is manageable. Have some spurts of excruciating shocking tingling pain on top of quad. UGH! Hate that immensely.

        All in all is good so far. Have 1st follow up this upcoming Monday (2 week). Hopefully can get on a cane and rid of this damn walker.

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        MENA 

        3 months ago

        I am going into two years getting use to my new hip, some days I still have minor pain but nothing like the pain I had when I was bone on bone prior to my replacement. I purchased a new mattress and I sleep well at any angle, however there days that I need one Ibuprofen 800 .It seems that sometimes I can sit on different surfaces that can cause minor discomfort, I roller skate with my grand daughters I also get in and out of the bath tub with no problem and this has been from week one after surgery. I am sure that my left leg is just a tad bit longer and I did add a lift in my right shoe it has seemed to help.90 % of the time I can walk as if I never had a total hip replacement and the 10% I take a pill to continue to walk the same. I thank God the surgery has allowed me to be 90% close to normal and I deal with minor pain and discomfort at different times.

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        Lynne B 

        3 months ago

        I am in my second week of post op surgery. My dr only told me to walk for therapy.. is that what most of you have done?

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        Sorr 

        4 months ago

        Sorry, Wraakian, to hear that you are still having trouble with your replacement hip. I can empathise strongly with you as it is 6.5 years since my op - and I am also still in pain. Docs are fairly certain that the socket part of the new hip is too big and rubbing constantly on the large tendon at the front of the thigh. Ouch! Not that this will help you at all, but I find it of some comfort to know that not everyone’s operation is 100% successful.

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        Wraakian 

        4 months ago

        Further to my last entry, I will have been post op for a year next month and am still not fully recovered from my hip replacement. My operated leg is a half inch shorter since the op and that has not helped as it has put extra pressure on both my hips ever since. I have however found insoles to raise the operated leg which helps but I am still in pain daily when I walk and am still finding it uncomfortable to sleep at night. There may be many people out there who have enjoyed a full recovery but unfortunately I am not one of them.

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        Marilyn Wheless 

        4 months ago

        Total hip replacement 13 Dec 2017.

        3 weeks Rehab facility, 3 weeks Home health

        Still

        Swelling both legs

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        rosespice 

        6 months ago

        Hi, I had THR on November 17th, not on meds, but still with joint pain and my left thigh still swollen and numb. Using cane and doing all the exercises. Back at work full time as an IS Analyst since 12/8. I have complete movement back. I have really enjoyed all of you sharing your experiences, but I see many posts that I feel you should be contacting your doctor about now....shooting pain, etc. Putting a post about a high level of pain or other complications should be addressed by your doctor immediately, not by hoping for a response by a random person. Please keep sharing, but if you are in hella pain and having difficulty moving, contact your physician or get to the hospital. This is nothing to mess around with.

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        Kevin 

        6 months ago

        I am age 59 and was very active as a PE teacher until I had my hip replaced. I retired after the surgery. The surgery was in June. I had a mild infection in July and they went back to remove infection on the top of the incision. It is almost New Years and 6 months after the first surgery. Sitting will irritate the pain, laying on the left side will irritate the pain and I still have pain walking. This is the first surgery I have not healed from. I have worked out, did PT, had post operative appointments and it x-rays shows no challenges with installation of the hip. Sort of at a loss at what to do next. If you have any ideas I would love to hear it.

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        MarkMac1 

        6 months ago

        Hi all, well, after toughing it out for 2 years I am finally giving in and have scheduled my THA for this coming Feb 9. The pain is no longer controlled by medication, even Dilaudid. My left hip is bone on bone, with popping and cracking sounds when dressing...tie a shoe? Yeah, right. BUT, I've heard from many people that this procedure is life changing and I can hardly wait to get it done. I'm just wondering how long will I be in recovery at home and when can I return to work. I hope sooner than later.

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        Don o 

        6 months ago

        As with my knee replacements, recovery is going well. this is day 5 post-op and I am off pain meds and am walking without assistance. 1st PT appt. in 2 days. i am 62 and have been an athlete all my life. Dr said I am "different" physically than most other patients in that I am seriously athletic flexible and lean. i. THANK THE GOOD LORD JESUS for the abilities and health HE blessed me with

        HE was with me through all of this and by HIS strength i overcame and returned to a life beyond amazing.

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        Sharon Saunders 

        6 months ago

        I am 77 and have some balance issues. I fell last August and fractured my left hip. A pining was easy, but not successful. I recovered too fast and learned the pins were backing out. The surgeon suggested a total hip replacement. It will be 3 months the end of January since the replacement. Most days I'm good, but if I walk too far or try to do some houseworks/cleaning, I feel as if I've set myself back for a few days until the leg pain settles down. I intend to read this forum to learn if I'm experiencing normal recovery, or if I'm doing too much or expecting too much.

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        Ms 

        7 months ago

        Had thr on the left hip 9 weeks yesterday. I’m still using a cane. Can’t walk without the cane. I have PT twice a week. I’m just worried cause it’s taking too long to walk on my own. I’m also experiencing pain on the right hip, I wonder if the pain is from using the cane. Holding the cane with my right hand and all the weight goes to the cane. Both hips were bad and now I can’t even think of having surgery on the right hip. I wanted to heal and wait a year or so. For those of you who had thr on both hips, how long did you wait after the 1st surgery?

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        Maria1520 

        7 months ago

        Hi Rick,

        I wasn’t told any restrictions for being a passenger in a car, but my body certainly let me know what was and still is too much. I had s total hip replacement back in July. In the beginning, all car rides had to be done with me sitting on a fluffy pillow. I couldn’t ride in a car for any longer than 30 minutes. As time went on, I could handle riding in the car for longer periods of time. Now at 5 1/2 months post op, I have ridden and driven a car for about 2 -2 1/2 hours. I don’t need a pillow anymore, but when I get out of the car I definitely have to walk for a minute cause I’ll feel stiff. My little piece of advice would be to take breaks and walk a bit to keep from feeling stiff. Also listen to your body. Good luck!!

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        DJ 

        7 months ago

        Add Your Comment.i am 65 and female..had total hip replacement do to a bad fall 8 weeks ago. Walking unaided except for longer distances, then use cane or walking stick but usually nothing. Am having some pain in good hip after being on my feet a long time or walking more. I have more discomfort in good side now than the hip that was replaced. I have a slight limp too. Am wondering if pain in good hip is from limp or what? Doing PT once a week and just have one more scheduled and can do all exercises pretty easily. Never had any problems with hips before fall.

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        Rick 

        7 months ago

        Are there any restriction in car travel as a passenger? Doctor has said no air travel for 6 weeks but what if I need to ride as a passenger for 6 hours?

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        ZenZen 

        8 months ago

        Hi fellow Hippies.

        Joel, no need for a cane after only one month? Did a professional assess your gait and tell you that you could drop using it? Usually it's a minimum of six weeks before assistive devices are even assessed for potential elimination. Please try not to worry too much. Definitely get your lumbar spine checked out, but I suspect you're pushing too hard too fast. I know from experience; I've had both hips replaced and a revision, ( which may as well have been a THR), since 2012. I'm now 53 years old.

        Please remember this is a major surgery you are recovering from and it takes time to heal.

        We should not be blase or dismissive about our recoveries even if the medical establishment treats us as though we've had a tooth extraction.

        TracieinCA, same thoughts apply to you. I'm astounded that your THR's were done so close together. Please be gentle with yourself. Lots of hot baths and stretching after exercise and massage if you can swing it. Balancing the healing waves after double THR is super tricky. You need extra patience with yourself. I don't know your age, but I think you are attempting to do too much too soon. Listen to your body, that tightness is telling you to chill a bit.

        Recovery is a lot slower than we are led to believe.

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        TracieinCA 

        8 months ago

        6 months post THR on left. 12 weeks post THR on right. Had quick and pretty pain free recovery on left. Struggling with sore joint & groin on right. Can walk assisted with a cane. I've been working with PT, do 1 hour of Strength/stretch exercises+15 minutes on recumbent bike twice a day everyday. Haven't found a good balance to keep my right hip joint loose. Always feels tight and restricts my movement. I haven't done much Walking because it's uncomfortable, but wondering if I should push through? Should I back of PT strength exercises and focus more on stretching and walking? Also suspected that my right leg is 1/4-1/2 inch longer since surgery and I'm wearing a 1/4" lift. I remember having the same feeling with the left hip but it went away. Imaging confirms that joint is unchanged since surgery and surgeon says a possible 1/4" difference but not convinced. Looking for suggestions and reassurance that my recovery is on track.

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        Joel 

        8 months ago

        I had total hip replacement three and a half months ago. I was doing great, no need for cane after a month still undergoing PT twice a week. Suddenly I have developed severe burning around groin area. Surgeon told me hip replacement seems ok and cut down on Pt. Some stiffness in hip area has now accompanied the burning. which is getting worse.No idea if this is related to hip replacement. Please advise . My internist sent me to X ray lumbar spine and pelvis. I am getting very worried.

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        Zoraida 

        8 months ago

        I'm five weeks post-op hip replacement surgery. I'm having a lot of stiffness and some pain. Returned to work at exactly five weeks but has been very difficult. At the end of the day i'm really stiff and in pain, but I know that will all pass. Looking forward to better pain, less stiffness days!

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        Dj 

        8 months ago

        I've had THE 2 weeks ok.the problem in having with this the is feels like very tight muscle spasm in butt and side of incision. Nothing is working for pain. I've been taking muscle relaxers and pain meds. Not helping. Why pain in butt when cuts in front.

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        milero 

        8 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Hi Jean,

        It will come just you will need to be patient, your body has become used to the inhibited movement of your bad hip, it now needs to relearn and the muscles need to become flexible again.

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        Jean Murphy-Wong 

        8 months ago

        I had a right THR 10 weeks ago and am still going PT 3 Xs a week. When they measure my hip I can only go 55 degrees hopefully someday getting to 90 degrees. Why is this taking so long. I waited for 10 years to get hip replaced and doc said worse hip h had seen in 25 years of practive.

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        winona 

        8 months ago

        Anyone had problems with swollen ankle on opp side plus heal pain on both feet?

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        ZenZen 

        8 months ago

        Hi Maria 1520. I wouldn't worry. You're only 15 weeks post op. It's natural to still be tender. In time you'll suddenly find yourself comfortable sleeping on your operated side. I can't remember when that happened for me, but it did happen for both my hips; and it was gradual. I do recall reaching a healing plateau around 4 months into recovery. And now, that dreaded word: patience. Glad to hear everything else is going well.

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        val56 

        8 months ago

        Hi everyone,

        I am helping to care for my stepmom. She feel and had a partial hip replacement 4 weeks ago.

        She is 89 and going strong, before this fall she was in great shape. She actually lives in NYC and was here in Fl with me visiting when she fell. Being out of state has been an insurance nightmare!!

        She was finally able to go to rehab after almost 2 weeks in the hospital.

        I am concerned that she is should be allowed to walk more...

        they have her in a wheel chair and only using the walker in actually therapy. Before she left the hospital she was already waling to the bathroom with her walker.

        We are now at 3 weeks post op....

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        Maria1520 

        8 months ago

        It’s been a long time since I’ve posted. Are any of you are able to sleep on your side? I have tried pillows, towels, shoving my comforter under my side and a body pillow. It never fails. It starts to hurt. Is this something that will take a lot longer to do? I’m 15 weeks post op and that is the only thing that I wish I could do but can’t. Any suggestions? More walking or maybe strength training???

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        Steve 56 

        10 months ago

        8 days after hip replacement my knee has gotten tight but was feeling good. Common?

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        Maria1520 

        10 months ago

        Hi Everyone,

        Monday will be 8 weeks since I've had my surgery (anterior left THR). I am thinking about going back to work. My doctor has me out on disability til 10/17. Should I stay out til the 17th or is it ok to go back in a week or 2? I'm not walking as far as I would like. I don't use my cane anymore. Only complaint I really have is when I sit in a regular chair for 20 minutes or so I'm in pain and stiff when I get up.

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        BetsyInVT 

        10 months ago

        Thanks Milero and Maria! So good to know! And Milero, I am so, so sorry about your dislocations! Scary! I definitely don't wish for falls and dislocations!

        Thanks again!

        Betsy

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        milero 

        10 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Betsy

        go steady, don't get on the floor, my profile picture is my LHR which dislocated twice in 3 days nearly 3 weeks after surgery, believe me, you don't want that

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        Maria1520 

        10 months ago

        Hi Betsy,

        I think it might be too soon to get on your hands and knees to scrub the floor. Can you use a regular mop instead? Even mopping might be risky. What if you fall? That would be awful. You may feel great right now but you may certainly pay for it afterward. When it comes to cleaning your home I would not rush into anything. Something as simple as taking a laundry basket from one floor to another may seem easy. Then after doing it your body will let you know that maybe that was not a good idea. Is there anyone that can help you at home? If not, I would just be very careful.

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        BetsyInVT 

        10 months ago

        I am 10 days post op for a DAA (anterior approach) total hip replacement and doing quite well. is there any reason i shouldn't get down on the floor (on knees to wash floors, etc?) i often have been on the floor in the past

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        milero 

        10 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Skiles

        sounds familiar to my recovery on my first THR 6 years ago, you have simply gone too quickly, my advice would be to back off 50 % and slow down, ice the affected area and be patient

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        lisa durso 

        10 months ago

        Skiles

        I had bilateral hip surgery June 26th and like you had no pain meds and was doing great and walking with out aides the very first week- was feeling so good until this week I started with some pain that was even hard to walk through- dont understand why as I have been walking 3- 5 miles a day with no pain - like you not not enough to take me out o the game but a step back for sure - If not better in a week or so I may call doctor - hang in there and hope you feel better - Lisa

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        Valerie 

        10 months ago

        I am nearly 7 months post first hip replacement and 4 months post second hip. I can now walk unaided around home, but still require walker when doing any distance. The pain is diminished considerably, but when I first get up in the morning, I cannot move a step without the walker and the pain is considerable. This slowly goes away with movement. I guess I feel it is moving too slowly. I have spinal stenosis as well and have had surgery for that. I guess my fear is that my back is part of the problem. Hoping it is not. Anyone else having any of these issues?

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        Maria1520 

        10 months ago

        The only person I can offer some advice to is Paisley. I stopped taking Mobic before I had my surgery back on 7/17 because I was have heart palpitations while on it!! I also swear it gave me high blood pressure. I no longer have high blood pressure or the palpitations. Fast forward to today I am 7 weeks post op and instead of taking anti inflammatory pills I would take extra strength Tylenol for pain. That helped along with putting ice on it. I no longer take any drugs. Another thing is if you are starting to feel pain maybe you should take a break. We have to listen to our bodies. If something starts to hurt then maybe you could take a break from the activity you were doing. It's great to finally start to feel normal again. I can't wait to be able to walk on the bike path for an hour nonstop.

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        Skiles 

        10 months ago

        U.S. resident with THR APRIL 2017. I'm 44YO male. Surgery went well. The surgery took approximately 1 hour with 6" incision on front hip area. No screws in any replacement parts. Up walking as soon as spine block wore off. Unassisted walking in 2 days. I stopped pain meds that day. It's not because I'm a tough guy but because it wasn't that painful (honestly), meds made me a zombie, and I have 3 kids under 3YOA (can't be a zombie). In 7 days, no pain and walking largely normal. Fast forward to today, SEPT2017. I've not gone overboard on any exercise as a runner, boxer, and jujitsu practitioner. In fact, I've only worked a little heavy bag at about 20%.

        My belabored point isn't anything other than offering information as today, I have some soreness. It's not debilitating, but it's very noticeable and hindering in movement. Has anyone experienced this? Has it gone away? What did you do if the pain didn't go away or did go away? Thank you in advance.

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        Paisley 

        10 months ago

        6 weeks post surgery; anterior hip, a lot of weight bearing pain after I started doing minor farm work (Livestock handling) and stopped the Mobic..

        I don't want to continue the high risk anti inflammatory drugs, will aspirin in high doses work as well?

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        lisa d 

        10 months ago

        Hi everyone- I had bilateral hip replacement June 26th 2017 I am 65 days post op and doing pretty good- only thing is my left side is doing amazing and my right side not as good- I am not 100 percent myself but 100 percent better than before surgery if that makes any sense - I have been off pain meds since day 5 and anti-inflamatoy meds since week four. I had an infection on my right side stitches , I am wondering if this is why my right side doesn't feel like my left- the outer rotation on my right is killing me along with my right knee. I have been walking since day 5 and at times can walk up to 5 miles. Walking feels better than sitting, very stiff from sitting to standing. My scars burn from time to time. Has anyone who has had bilateral had same thing with differences from side to side?

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        Zaneta Anderson 

        10 months ago

        Hi there, today is 3 weeks after my surgery. I'm 47 years old and I had right hip replacement surgery in UK. I was up next morning after surgery walking on crutches with no problems. I was home after 4 days and one week after my surgery I ditched the crutches. I stopped all medications after one week and very occasionally will take painkillers on a very bad day. Two weeks later I've done 4.9 km of walking in the park with my dogs. Have to say that evening I was very tired. My wound heal up well, there were no external stitches, just peeled the steristrips off after 10 days and job done. Only problem I have at the moment it's occasional strong knee pain on operated leg and numbness on mid tight. Is anyone experience the same problem? I am very happy with the progress and can not wait for full recovery which I hope is not that far away

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        milero 

        10 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Pat

        go back to your sticks, as I came off mine way too early and suffered for several months after. My physio recommended walking poles ( amaz0n £16.00 ) and these were excellent in making the transition from crutches to normal walking, be sure to go you tube walking with ski poles as you have to walk a certain way.

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        Pat 

        10 months ago

        I had right anterior THR going on 5 weeks ago. Stopped all medications at 4 weeks except for occasional extra strength tylenol when it's been an active day. I can walk without a cane around the house a little bit - but it is not a smooth, limp-free gait. In fact, it's a little like a Zombie. Developed Bursitis because of overdoing exercises at home and have backed off for a while. Still in physical therapy 3x a week, as well as using BEMER mat and taking anti inflammatories. How long does it take to walk without a limp? Has anyone else ever developed Bursitis from surgery?

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        milero 

        10 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Ger

        Go back to your surgeon and also try and get some rehab physio, it's vital in aiding recovery .

        Ann

        You sound exactly like I was , you've simply done too much too soon, back off and start over again, use ice packs to reduce inflammation and swelling, please send me and email to info at forgemotorsport dot co dot uk and I'll send you my physio exercises that I was given

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        Ann merrill 

        10 months ago

        Poster child for anterior hip replacement at 3 weeks, walked, swam last week. Since then i'e been on walker/ cane, serious thigh pain, hurts to get out of chair- much worse than after surgery. What should I do ? I am much better when first wake up but within a few minutes walking with cane , I'm miserable.

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        Thanks Eddie, I will try this tonight.

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        Eddie 

        11 months ago

        Maria,

        Try rolling up a towel into a tube and placing/laying the towel across your side just above your hip. It sort of raises the hip so that your not fully putting your full weight on the hurting parts

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        Anyone have tips for sleeping on their side? I've been granted permission to finally sleep on my side but it is uncomfortable. I'm trying to lay on the non operated side. This is how I used to sleep before all this happened.

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        LNTrider 

        11 months ago

        I had hip surgery because my hip was fracture above the ball and socket. It took four screws to repair. I'm two months and one week post op. When will I walk normal? I'm having a lot of muscle tightening with bud knots and muscle spasms. Still in PT. Any advise?

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        Leslie 

        11 months ago

        Hi I'm 42 years old. One Sunday I woke up with pain like I had pulled a muscle. The pain gradually got worse throughout the week. By Friday I could not walk. I need up having a MRI the following Thursday and it showed I fractured my hip above the ball of the socket. The dr had to put four screws in. It has been 2 months and 1 week. I'm having lots of muscle pain and spasms. I was wondering what is a reasonable timeline for me to start walking normal. They found I have osteoporosis and I have started the prolia shots

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        ZenZen 

        11 months ago

        Tami, I ditto everything Milero said.

        Start using a cane when your surgeon tells you it is safe to do so; probably at your 6wk. check up.

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        milero 

        11 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Tami

        you will need to be patient and take some time, you have suffered a trauma from the fall and also the surgery, if you are only 50 % weight bearing that's for a reason, if you rush now you WILL regret it, I hurried my recovery and suffered two dislocations after, you do not want that I can assure you, try to get with a physio for more advice on strengthening and recovery. also use ice packs regularly on all the swelling area, it will help.

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        Tami 

        11 months ago

        Hi I am at 3 1/2 weeks from hip surgery. Was thrown from a horse. My leg keeps swelling also down to my foot. I am still using a walker am only allowed 50% weight bearing. When can I start using a cane? I have pain when sitting or standing to long. Also leg that had surgery also has nerve damage. Had back surgery less than two years ago. Anything I can do to help this heal faster?

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        Hi LoveMyLabs,

        I am 41 and at 5 weeks post op left THR anterior approach. I too feel stiffness if I have been sitting for too long. To keep this from happening I try to get up and walk around for a bit to keep that sensation away. Is the pain you feel when bending down and sitting back up muscle pain or is it pain in the incision or something else?

        Hi Carol,

        I only had pain in my left leg and sometimes my back if I walked too much before having surgery done. My arthritis was only in the left hip. Looking at X-rays it was bone on bone. The pain was so bad that I dreaded going anywhere because I limped and it hurt all the time. After having the surgery all the pain I felt before the surgery is completely gone that same day. The new pain (which was quite intense that day) was from having actual surgery. That pain also went away after getting the right pain meds. Now 5 weeks later I don't really use any pain meds. If I do it's extra strength Tylenol after a long walk. Are you feeling apprehensive about having surgery? This forum is a great place for advice. Each persons recovery is also different.

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        Carol 

        11 months ago

        I have pain in my left hip, middle of my back and both legs. MRI shows arthritis in the hip. Did anyone else experience pain in both legs and does this go away after hip replacement?

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        LoveMyLabs 

        11 months ago

        Had bilateral anterior hip replacement 2 mos ago yesterday. 48 yrs. old. Have serious arthritis, but am active and motivated. Gave up all walking aids at 5 weeks, but am frustrated that I still experience stiffness after lying down or sitting at all and if I bend to pick things up off the floor, bending back up right really hurts. I will say there are many improvements since my surgery, I can actually cross my legs(which I have not been able to do for 3 years), but I am wondering if anyone has had bilateral and how long it was before the surgery was no longer something that caused pain? BTW, stopped pain meds at 6 weeks. Did not want to be on them any longer. I still feel like it would help at times, but I know too many people who have had issues with prolonged narcotic use and I just don't want to go there. I also walk every day as I was told this is the best therapy there is for THR. TIA for any responses.

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        milero 

        11 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Rose

        I would recommend an ice pack as soon as you get this sensation, I think it will help,

        Cavalier

        You remind me of myself and after 2 months I had a relapse and had to slow down, so please go steady don't rush

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        Rose Cox 

        11 months ago from Maricopa

        I had bilateral anterior hip replacement done 10 days ago. I am doing great. Has anyone had a tearing ripping sensation in the middle of the thigh. It only last a few seconds, doesn't happen all the time. But strange.

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        Cavalier 

        11 months ago

        I am not seeing anything here that matches my own experience. Today is August 12. I had a THR-anterior-right on August 8. Walking that afternoon. Left hospital in less than 24 hours. Today can easily walk with neither walker nor cane nor anything. 62 year old male, strong and in good shape from swimming (until the day before surgery). I already feel like I am babying myself and like I do not need to stay at home anymore. Thigh is a bit swollen and numb, dressing is still on. I cannot imagine I will need more than another few days to be mostly fully recovered.

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        Hi Gina,

        You had a THR on the left leg? If so, swelling is normal. It will eventually go away. I'm no doctor and I'm not an expert on this topic but I can share with you what helped me. Icing and elevating should help the swelling. If I am not walking, I am laying in my recliner with my legs elevated and icing it on the side on top and even sitting on it sometimes. Also walking helps. As far as pain, did they prescribe you pain meds? Call the doctor/nurse and let them know how you are feeling. They should be able to prescribe you something to help with the pain. How long ago was the surgery?

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        Shann 

        11 months ago

        I'm 5 weeks post op THR

        2 things no one mentions.

        1. You may need to buy incontinence pads because at times it will take you longer than you expect to get to the toilet and often too late.

        2. If you don't have one buy or rent a massage table for your stretching exercises. Doing them on a soft bed isn't beneficial and you definitely can't go down on the floor.

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        Gina/THR 

        11 months ago

        left leg is more swollen than my right and I'm having a lot of pain in my left leg also when the hip replacement was done in the right. Has anyone else have these symptoms.

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        elaine 

        11 months ago

        i had a total hip replacement in October 2016 now I am getting pain in my groin and hip and thigh again is this normal

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        ZenZen 

        11 months ago

        Maria1520, that's good to hear. Sounds like you're healing well. Patience with your process and listening to your bod is the key. The price for over-doing it is brutal. LOL

        Laurie: In my previous comment I meant to mention that 3 weeks seemed too early to be getting into the drivers seat. I was told 6 weeks. I forgot to edit before posting. Ooops. ;)

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        Pam, I had swelling pretty bad the first week. Not as severe as you are describing though. I iced it, elevated it as much as I could, but also did my exercises and made sure I walked. My biggest fear has been getting a blood clot. Not sure if anyone else feels the same. I make sure I do the exercises and walk and take my aspirin every day.

        Since today is the beginning of week 4 for me, I still use the cane. I don't try to walk without it anymore after reading zen zen's advice. I still ice it after walks and take naps since I don't sleep very well at night. I'm looking forward to sleeping on my side again. I've started using pillows under my knees at night and that has helped me sleep better. Other than that, I walk pretty good. I walk 2 times a day for 15 minutes. I try to do 3 but I'm too tired.If I walk the third time it's for maybe 5 minutes. I tried 20 minutes once last week and I paid for it afterward and the next 2 days after that. If I were to give any advice, listen to your body (advice given to me). If something hurts, stop! Don't say to yourself. Just 5 more minutes. Or I'm going to walk to the stop sign. No. Stop. Also, if you're going to the market or Target or Walmart, get a motorized cart. Using the shopping cart like a walker or trying to lean on is AWFUL!! I made that mistake on Saturday. I had to go home lay on the recliner, take some pain meds and ice it.

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        milero 

        11 months ago from Gloucester UK

        Kathleen

        Regular use of ice packs will help.Keep walking, and sit to stand exercises but from a higher chair, go to you tube and search sit to stand exercises and also hip surgery exercises, do not over do it and if you are in pain stop and ice ,

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        Pam 

        11 months ago

        I had anterior total hip replacement (right side) three weeks ago. Age: 62. Right leg looked like a balloon for two weeks; it is slowly going down but I cannot wear closed shoes, only sandals for now. Doctor told me to expect swelling in my leg for several months. Walking and other physical activity helps. So does elevating leg with pillows while lying down. As the swelling goes down, it gets easier to do PT exercises. Still using a walker to get around. I plan to go back to my office job tomorrow, but not everyone may feel ready for work after 3 weeks. I have a sedentary desk job and will have to remember to get up and walk around every half hour or so.

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        Dianne 

        11 months ago

        I had a total hip replacement after a fall. The pain after breaking a hip is the worst. No meds I was receiving in the hospital would touch it. I had surgery the next day. When I woke up in recovery I had zero pain. The only problem I am experiencing is my whole leg down to the foot continues to swell when I sit in a chair or walk around the house with a walker. My surgeon says this is normal. No one else in these post have said they have swelling. I am on shots to prevent blood clots. But I worry. But I have not needed any pain meds. I just have this horrible swelling. My feet ankle and leg are so huge they look as if they are going to explode any minute. Does anyone else have this prob!em and what are you doing about it. Thank you all for posting. It is a help to learn of each case.

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        Victor 

        11 months ago

        I had surgery Tuesday morning. 5 days later I feel like I can use a cane, but still need the walker

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        ZenZen 

        11 months ago

        Maria 1520, please continue using your cane. Your gait will be assessed at your 6 wk check-up. If we drop assistive devices too early we train ourselves to walk with limps and they are very hard to correct once established. I've had 2THRs and a revision surgery in the past five years. Someone mentioned driving at 6 weeks, I believe that I was told to wait the full six weeks for that as well. Please, Newbies don't try to rush your recoveries, you can cause a lot of damage, ie: partial or total dislocation; recovery takes a long time, dislocation is HELL. Slow and steady wins the race.

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        Maria1520 

        11 months ago

        I am in my third week now after left THR anterior approach. I have learned to be patient (somewhat...lol). I walk with just a cane, but I am trying to walk without it. I realize am not ready yet. I will definitely ice it after exercise. I do ice it when it is night time. One thing I do is walk as much as I can. I was told to walk 500 ft three times a day and double it each week. I walk a lot more than 500 ft. The longest I have walked time wise is 15 minutes. After doing so I get tired and take a nap. My average time in walking is about 10 minutes. It's when I push myself I walk for 15 minutes. After that I try to get up and move as much as possible. If I sit too long it feels stiff. So to keep it from getting stiff I suggest to get up and move around. It feels much better after doing so. I do my exercises religiously. I lay in bed and do them. I'm laying in a recliner and do them. Every time I think about it I do them. And to my surprise I was FINALLY able to lift my operated leg up a few inches. I was not able to do this AT ALL after surgery and could barely do it before surgery. So like milero said, we all have to be patient in our recovery.

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        milero 

        11 months ago from Gloucester UK

        From reading all these posts and issues, I can only suggest you are patient in your recovery, and allow some time, we all heal at differenet rates, For my right THR 6 years ago I was out of hospital in 2 days and off pain meds in 12 hours, I was walking without crutches on 5 days ( this was way too quick and came back to haunt me ) so take some time.

        Also, no matter if you are seeing a private consultant or seeing an NHS consultant in the UK if you are worried or in pain, you MUST contact them and tell them whats going on and whats bothering you.

        I recommend an ice pack ( you can get these from Amazon ) or a bag of ice from the convenience store transfer into a zip seal bag and tie on with a bandage or towel on the incision area immediately after any exercise for 10 mins and repeat regularly through out the day, It helps with the pain and reduces inflammation.

        Simple rehab exercise that will help, try maybe doing 5 x then rest then do twice more if you get pain stop!

        Google these and also search on You Tube for a video is a great help

        Straight leg raises

        Glute Bridge

        Sit to stand( chair must not be too low and hips must not be lower than 90 degress

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        Laurie 

        11 months ago

        I am 57 and have underlying autoimmune inflammatory issues. My right hip with replaced anterior approach on May 9th, 2017. I have had no rehab due to limitations of visits and money. My left, stronger leg with more muscle was replaced July 14, 2017. This one has more illial-Tibia Tendon and muscle pain to the lightest touch, the incision has not fully closed and I am almost 3 weeks out, and my leg is so weak, it is hard to lift it into the driver's seat. I am stiff after sitting. I hope it will recover as I would like to ski again, power walk and lose the 20 lbs I have gained.

        For the person saying they were up all night, many pain meds actually can HYPE you up. I only take the aspirin and famidodine now, but oxycodin and hydrocodin make me hyper. Plus, discomfort, not sleeping on my side as my normal, all create poor sleep. I felt really great on my right hip after three weeks.

        They say anterior is easier, but I have talked to SEVERAL women in their 70's that had it done other ways and report ZERO pain after surgery. Either they are lying, have outrageously strong pain tolerance or the anterior hurts more from pulling the muscles out of the way. But the other approach cuts muscles. So, what's the deal?

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