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Skeeteau

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Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« on: July 19, 2014, 04:20:33 PM »
I had my BHR in August 2003 and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.  I was immediately medication-free, pain-free, and was sleeping like a log.  However, since mid-June of this year, my hip has very unexpectedly begun to be very stiff, sore, and feels weakened without any forewarning.  I also have even begun to have some pain in it while sleeping.  It's certainly not in the same condition as it was before the BHR, but it is very worrisome and shows no sign of improving.  I'm wondering if anyone else has ever had these symptoms occur, especially after more than 10 years since the original surgery?  Any comments, observations, or insights would be welcomed.  Thanks.

Dannywayoflife

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 07:54:25 AM »
Hi Mate the best thing for you to do is to go see your surgeon and have an xray done mate.
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Skeeteau

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 12:28:25 PM »
Thanks. I do have an appointment with the surgeon this Thursday and I'm anxious to find out what he has to say. I feel the hip still has its integrity, because I have full mobility and flexibility, but it's simply sore and stiff most of the time.

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 03:40:19 PM »
Just sharing some thoughts. If, as you say, the prosthesis feels solid, the x-rays may not show much, though of course they are a good place to start. If the problem is soft tissue oriented and does not show up on x-ray, you might ask for a metal ion blood test, and some sort of soft tissue scan. Inexpensive and simple might be an ultrasound, or the next step up might be a CT scan or MRI. Anyway, these are some ideas that you might bring up with your surgeon if the x-rays look okay.
If you are having the problems you describe, I would not let the investigation stop with an x-ray and a physical exam..
Let us know what you find out.
John/ Left uncemented Biomet/ Dr Gross/ 6-16-08
Right uncemented Biomet/Dr Gross/ 4/25/18

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 03:45:53 PM »
Good luck with this issue, we all hate to hear anybody having issues, especially after 10 years.  I will say many times it's nothing at all and sometimes it ends up being a back issue with referred pain. 

As John rightly pointed out, don't stop until you figure out what is going on.  John is a great poster on this forum and he never fails to give useful pointers.


Chuck


Thanks. I do have an appointment with the surgeon this Thursday and I'm anxious to find out what he has to say. I feel the hip still has its integrity, because I have full mobility and flexibility, but it's simply sore and stiff most of the time.
Chuck
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Skeeteau

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 04:40:54 PM »
Good news! The surgeon believes that the BHR hardware is fine and the X-rays back that up. After a few painful manipulations, he thinks that I have (only) somehow irritated the Ilio-Tibial band and may also have some bursitis. After some physio, some stretching, and possibly an injection if it does not respond to conventional therapy, this issue will be resolved.

However, if ever you begin to experience the same type of symptoms in the hip as you had pre-op like I did - the pain, the difficulty sleeping, the weakness, and the inability to bear weight - these symptoms may feel exactly as before the operation, but may not be related at all to the BHR.  However, they must be verified to be certain and you will also feel so much better mentally and psychologically hearing that news come from the surgeon.

To those of you who initially responded to my concerns and offered suggestions and support, thank you very much.

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Re: Pain in the hip after +10 years post-op
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2014, 04:03:44 PM »
That's great news. Rehab that IT band, then.
Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder

 

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