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How much does a new hip joint weigh?

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by ChrissyP, Jun 28, 2010.

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  1. ChrissyP

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    Hi Guys,

    I checked past threads but couldn't find an answer. How much does an average implant weigh:pzld:

    I weighed myself before going in for my op and after not being able to look at food for a week in hospital weighed myself when I got home - I had put 3lbs on!!

    Mine is a ceramic cup and ball - uncemented
     
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    Re: How muc does a new hip joint weigh?

    Well, you didn't look very far! There is a thread in the Library Average weight of prostheses

    But to save you going there, I can tell you that the combined weight of cup and stem is about 250-300gms (9-10½ ozs)! Just a little bit heavier than a pack of butter.
     
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      Re: How muc does a new hip joint weigh?

      Thanks Josephine - I did do a search but perhaps I used the wrong words.

      Someone told me they weighed 6lbs! Ah well, better get back on the diet and stop looking for excuses.
       
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      Re: How muc does a new hip joint weigh?

      I came home with an extra 17 pounds of fluid! 3 pounds sounds like a dream. I think I was still swollen a bit at your stage, maybe some of that weight is water and it will just eventually make it's way out. It did for me.

      Laura
       
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      Re: How muc does a new hip joint weigh?

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      Re: How muc does a new hip joint weigh?

      Give yourself a little time, Chrissy.....your body does come home with some extra fluid in it usually. It disappears over a few weeks. Just go lightly on the ice cream and treats for a while and see where you are. Your main job right now is to heal and your body doesn't need to be starved at this critical time.
       
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        So if the new one averages about 10 ounces, how much did the damaged one weight? Is it usually much less?

        It would seem that a prosthesis should weigh about the same as the original parts that are taken out, or recovering patients would be off-center?
         
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        Interesting question, Judy....that's something only Jo would know. @Josephine:
         
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        Such an interesting point!
        It took me at least a month to lose all the swelling weight, it seemed. I was almost 10 lb over when I first got home from the hospital!
         
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        It would have weighed less. Fact is, that one of your legs is approximately one third of your body weight. So a few grammes here or there really makes no difference. You could almost lose that much cutting your toenails! (j/k!)
         
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        Hmmm, I must STILL be suffering from excess fluid but6 KG....thats a lot of fluid!
        Maybe its the extra muscle I'm putting on!
        Maybe its too many chocolates, maybe its just contentment!
        Rachel
         
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