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burning pain and hip 'clunking' after 9 months

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by chewbacca, Apr 11, 2011.

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    Hi,
    I had a staph infection in my native hip joint last march and had what the surgeon called a washout procedure. One month later another staph infection popped up and the surgeon did a girdlestone procedure. The hip joint was left out for 3 months. After that I had a prosthetic hip put in. My problem is that it is 9 months after the last surgery(the prosthetic hip surgery) and I am having pain when walking...burning pain that is so miserable that I have to frequently stop and stand until it passes. My hip is also clunking at times. I can definitely feel it coming in and out of joint a bit. The clunking doesn't cause pain, but it makes me nervous.
    My surgeon says that with all that was done with my hip that it will take longer to recover and he expects that this will get better. I have not seen much improvement since about January of this year. Does anybody have any thoughts on this.? The constant pain is exhausting physically and mentally and really dragging me down.
    Thanks
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    Hello chewbacca - being a long time Sta Wars fan, I've always wanted to meet you! So welcome to BoneSmart!

    Well, that's a history I haven't heard before. And haven't seen a Girdlestone done in years! How old was your surgeon?

    Did he put in a total hip or a just a ball and stem type hip? When I know that I can speak to your problem.
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    I had a total hip done. My surgeon was fairly young ..mid thirties i'd say. I trust him and have been very happy with him. I was hoping that someone would have had a similar or same thing so I could have someone to compare notes with. Walking is very frustrating due to the pain. In the span of a block i stop probably 3-4 times to rest the burning upper hip. Any thoughts?
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    Have you been back to your surgeon and if so, what does he have to say about it? If you haven't been back to your surgeon, why not?

    In any case, I think it needs looking into and by a surgeon who specialises in revisions, not because I think you'll need one but because they are good at spotting covert problems where a regular hip surgeon may not be able to spot anything.
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    Thanks for responding Josephine. I have been back to my surgeon about four times and will be going back next week again. He says that because of all of he surgeries I had on this one hip (four in a year) it will take longer to heal and tighten up. After nine months, i'm not so sure that any more tightening will take place. I have a sneaking suspicion that something is loose...the cup perhaps?? I think I might need to seek a second opinion on this. The idea of another surgery doesn't appeal to me, but if it would help I would do it.
    I will keep you posted on what transpires when I see the surgeon next week. I hope to get to the bottom of this pain and clunking soon.
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    Hi, chewbacca....welcome to BoneSmart.

    Boy, I sure second Jo's suggestion that you talk to a revision specialist. Sometimes problems can be rather subtle in presenting themselves in xrays and you need the old Eagle Eye to make the right diagnosis. The idea that it would take this long to "tighten up" doesn't make much sense to me. Don't let yourself get discouraged. Even if you have to see a couple of doctors before finding the right one, it will be worth the effort!!!

    Let us know how you're doing, please!!!
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    Thanks Jami for the encouragement. A revision specialist makes sense. I assume that there is one on staff at clinic. I might try to get in tomorrow because the last two days the hip has been hurting at rest now and I have swollen lymph nodes in groin area. Reminds me of the first two infections. I hope I am wrong.

    I am glad I found this forum. I feel that for someone with a lot of questions this is a great place to go...and even those in pain can commiserate with someone else about it and not feel so alone.
    Thanks again.
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    Well, I have to tell you that it is usually NOT a good idea to get a second opinion from a doctor (revision specialist or not) from someone who is associated in any way with your original surgeon. These folks tend to be a bit inclined to support the other doctor and not really give you a totally independent review. We tell folks to use another practice completely and to make sure they don't operate at the same hospital. You don't want a golfing buddy of your first surgeon to be the one you see.

    Even if you must drive to another town, it will be worth it to do this.
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    I so agree with Jamie. An independent surgeon would be more likely to be unbiased than one of your present chap's golfing buddies.
    That was my thinking. I would say it is a distinct possibility and if it is, a revision is necessary.

    Have you a recent xray you could post for me to see?
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    I don't have any xrays i can show you. hopefully i will be having one soon. right now am very anxious about the symptoms in my hip...they are reminiscent of the two infections i had last year....swelling, pain, . i am just waiting to hear from my doctor...trying not to explode from anxiety!!
    thanks for all the input!
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    Yes you did but this sounds different to me.
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