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cramping before surgery
« on: June 11, 2010, 10:38:13 AM »
About a year ago, before I actually started experiencing constant pain associated with walking, I began to develop a tendency to cramp in my right thigh - the side that needs hip resurfacing. The cramp always occurs at night in bed with seemingly no provocation.   I can sometimes even feel a hardness where the cramp originates kind of like the muscle there is tied in a knot and desperately needs to relax but cannot fully do so. I now know how to avoid it when I feel the sensation coming on but I can't help but wonder if it is related to he bad hip and the avoidance of certain muscles when I walk and the misuse of others as I try to compensate. I am scheduled to get a RBHH replacement with Dr. Brooks in late July. I have asked his assistant Phil if he has ever heard of this and the answer was negative. I am also afraid that it might present during surgery.

Does anyone have a similar experience and/or knowledge of the likely cause for this?


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Re: cramping before surgery
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2010, 10:41:49 AM »
I am also afraid that it might present during surgery.

Tell your anesthetist about this before surgery, and he will ensure there is no problem.

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Re: cramping before surgery
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2010, 11:56:23 AM »
I do not know the cause, but I do know that I had the same problem in both legs. I would cramp in almost every muscle at different times in both legs for years. The cramps would be so bad at night they would take my breath away. I worried about being in a bed after surgery and how I would deal with the cramps when they happened. Happy to  tell you that I never did get even one after the surgery.It has been 2 and a half months cramp free! I also can not tell you why they went away. Maybe the exercises after surgery helped or the difference in the way I walk now, I don't know why, but they are gone.
Hope you have the same out come. Good luck and let us know how you do. I would be interested to see if yours go away too. I think more people out there probably have the same issue.
RBHR Dr. Clarke 3/17/10


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Re: cramping before surgery
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 11:52:26 AM »
Thanks for the replies folks. I figure the muscles get so relaxed under anesthesia that they forget how to cramp. Never thought about post op cramping, but like I said, I can usually avoid them when I feel them creeping up. I can't wait to get this over with. I am going to be the model rehab patient.


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Re: cramping before surgery
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 10:32:54 AM »
Before surgery I had my hip lock-up a couple times.  I had some cramping hit when this happened.  No problems after surgery.

Your in good hands with Dr. Books.  He did mine in August of 08.  Good luck. 
L-BHR - Aug 2008 - Dr. Brooks  Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
R-BHR - Dec 2012 - Dr. Brooks  Cleveland Clinic Euclid Hospital
L-BHR Revision Nov 2017 - Dr. Brooks Euclid



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