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still have pain after 1 year hip replacement

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by Armymom, Nov 7, 2010.

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  1. Armymom

    Armymom Junior Member

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    Hi everyone..
    Well, I had my hip replaced a year ago November, but nothing but pain still. I saw my surgeon 2 weeks after the replacement and I was suppose to see him in Septmeber for my yearly check up . I wanted to make an appointment but they told me they would get in touch with me and they haven't. My primary doctor sent me for x-rays, it shows I have bone spurs, its that why I am havng so much pain still? The groin area is painful and at night the pain wakes me up. Is it normal for bone spurs , I dont understand why they are there and why it is so painful. I am not too happy with my surgeon right now, but I would appreciate any answers anyone could give me. thank you . Karen
     
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    Karen,
    My heart goes out to you. I'm only 11 days post op and have no real idea how my recovery will progress but my pain is less than before surgery so I'm taking that as a good sign. I'm wondering if you should consult a new surgeon at this point? My ex husband used to always say, "somewhere in the world there's the worst doctor and you may have gone to him! :) I had a Dr just about abandon me after an accident. I couldn't walk, was in a wheelchair and all he could say was "I don't know what's wrong with you, but I'm pretty sure you'll get better". That statement sent me running to another dr who ultimately was able to diagnose and get me therapy to fix my problem. The Dr who couldn't figure out what was wrong with me used the same technique, btw. His office never did get back to me to set up an appointment!

    Good luck, Karen. Hope you'll be able to find a Dr who can help you.
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    LTHR 10/27/2010
     
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    Armymom...by all means, get yourself to another surgeon as soon as possible. It doesn't sound like your current doctor is going to be at all useful for you and you deserve to be out of pain. Be sure when you select another doctor, that he (or she) is in a completely different practice and does surgery at a different hospital. The "buddy system" can be fairly strong among surgeons who work and golf together. At this point, you need a totally independent opinion.

    Also try to find a surgeon who specializes in revisions. I'm not saying that you need to have a revision necessarily, but these guys are used to dealing with the more difficult cases and a revision specialist will be more likely to successfully determine what needs to be done to get you pain free.

    I know this may sound like a huge task, but take it one step at a time and come here for support. We'll be here for you.
     
  4. Armymom

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    Hi Jamie and SandyLiz.. thanks for answering!!! Are the bone spurps normal ??? My surgeon is in Boston, thought he was good but guess not . Before the hip relacement he did a bilateral tear and cut off a piece of the femur in 2008..then did the replacement in 2009. right now I am having a hard time even getting into Boston, my 24 year old son has cancer and is having surgery on Tuesday... so he comes first and no one good around my area. Am I suppose to have bone spurs after the replacement and do they cause a lot of pain? This surgeon even put me on medication after the hip replacement that was toxic with my other meds..ended up in the ER, though I was dying and he had all my medications. Well, thanks for taking the time . Hope your both doing fine!! Karen
     
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    Karen, bone spurs can be very painful if they are in a place that causes friction during movement. Jo would have to say for sure, but I do not think they are a normal thing after hip replacement surgery. If things are working well within the joint, spurs do not form.

    I am so sorry about your son. I know you feel that you must put yourself on hold right now to help him through surgery. Hopefully everything will go well with that and you can begin your search for another doctor.

    I suggest you use the Clinic Locator (link is in the gold tool bar at the top of every page) and check out surgeons within driving distance. In the Boston area, there are MANY!!! If you need any assistance with this, let me know. I'll help you.
     
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    Armymom-I am sorry to hear that you are in pain!

    I had some bone spurs before my LTHR and yes they do not feel good- but I would think they would've cleaned that up during surgery, if you had them pre op and didnt develop them post-op. That is a good question though, one would think, like Jamie said, if the joint is moving good there shouldnt be any development of bone spurs at all.:sct:

    I would most definitely look into a new OS! IF you are experiencing pain like this and they are not seeing you right away is crazy!!:hissy: Also to mix up your meds like that,:skp: I would not be very happy with him either.

    Maybe there is someone here on the forum that lives in the Boston area that could recommend an OS, of course also taking a peek at the clinic locator on this site.

    I hope your sons surgery goes well and I will be keeping him and you in my thoughts. :pray:
     
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    If you have your xrays, can you post them? It would give me a better idea what's up.

    If it is bone spurs, they can indeed be very troublesome and you'll need something done about them.
     
  8. Armymom

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    Hi Everyone,
    Hope you're all doing ok! Thank you for the well wishes for my son, the surgery is tomorrow.

    I have the x rays and report from the x-rays they took at my local hospital, I don't know how to post them though.

    I had bone spurs before the surgery when he did the first one in 2008, he should have gotten them all I would guess. I hate going out in public, I still limp cause of the pain and believe me I try not to! I see people on here that are good to go after the hip replacement and I say "what's wrong with me". I though I would be good to go.

    I want to call this doctor and scream at him big time! Believe me, I am not a baby at all but when it wakes me up out of a deep sleep or sitting in a car and getting out and I have to stand for a few minutes before I can even walk, that can be embarrassing!

    The only time it felt good was after surgery on the crutches not putting full pressure on it, then after all the PT it all started. I'll try to send at least the report sometime at the end of the week or next week but you'll have to tell me how, don't know much about that stuff.

    I'll be taking care of my son after his surgery, my husband has very little patience with me... asks me if I want to go to the store, then makes me stay in the car, says I'm too slow - well believe me, I would love to walk normal again!! The pain is so bad that I get out and walk around the parking lot.

    Well I'll be on as soon as I can and thank you everyone and have a great day! Karen
     
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    Well, I truly hope your son's surgery goes well and that you are able to cope with looking after him. Your husband sounds like he could use some lessons in caring!

    The instructions are here How to post a picture. There are a few options so you need to make your choice. There is also advice on getting an image of an xray too.
     
  10. Armymom

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    Hi Everyone.
    Hope you are all doing well! Thankyou for the well wishes for my sons thyroid cancer..he's doing great now!! I did see my OS this Tuesday.. he thinks I have an infection in my hip... have to go for blood work and an aspiration on my hip..now just waiting for the appointment. I was nervous after he mentioned the hip infection and never asked anymore questions about the bone spurs , but I did send away for my records because they have had hip replacement recalls but the women at the doctors office said they only used them in men, is that true? Meanwhile I am stilll in pain, he better find out soon!!
    Thank you all again and all have a great holiday!!!
    Karen
     
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    HI Karen. Glad to hear your son is doing well. The most recent recalled hips are the Depuy Metal on Metal hip and the Zimmer Durom cup. They are used on both men and women. I hope you don't have an infection. Good luck with getting it straightened out and happy holidays to you too!
     
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    That's right, Karen - the women at the doctor's office are quite wrong!

    Armymom, hope you get better news soon - meaning really hope it's not an infection. It could still be a misaligned or loose cup. Either way, do make sure you see a revision specialist and not a run of the mill hip surgeon.
     
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    My hip was also done in Boston and am 8 months and still in pain. Where did you go and to who, if you don't mind me asking?

    Mine was at NEBH, Dr. Carl Talmo. Is this info ok to post Jo@Josephine ?

    BTW, sorry about your son's health issue. I hope he is doing well and on the way to being healthy. I got so excited when I read your thread about having it done in Boston, I couldn't type fast enough!

    I have just about given up with doctors. Funny, when I had my revision surgery they had an Asian Doc, a kidney specialist, see me and he jokingly said, "stay away from hospitals"...I think he is right!
     
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    Janet,
    That's where I had my hip done too...New England Baptist in Boston.. I had Dr.VanFlandern.. he is in Brookline/Boston . He is having that test done but seems to blow me off more than anything.. I sent for records and got them today.. I do have a DePuy replacement but dont understand it at all... I'll have to see how to post it so Josehine can look at it and see if I had the recall. He says everything looks good.. you cant tell by just xrays!!! I am in PAIN..what doesn't he get??? I wish you all the luck!!! My pain started soon after the replacement and non stop..I've really had it big time and dont know what to do.. I try to suck it up but pain is pain. I have to make supper.. I'll keep in touch..glad its not in my head..thank you ! Karen
     
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    Hmmm...I just read up on him. That is where he operates, but not where his office is.

    Geeze, I don't know what to do. I requested ALL of my medical records today, and I seem to recall having a DePuy also...I'll have to go back and look in an old thread of mine.

    How is your son doing? Please keep posting so I can follow your progress.

    Good luck with your appointment :thmb:.

    Thanks
     
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    Found the old thread, this is what was in my surgery report;

    Depuy SROM size 16 11, 36+6 offset with a 32+0 ball and a 16B small sleeve and one Dahl-Miles Cerclage cable head multiple 16-gauge Luque wires. / Stryker Tritanium acetabular component size 50 mm with two 6.5 screws and a 32 mm polyethyelene insert, Accolade TMZF femoral componete with a 32+4 femoral head from first surgery.

    Jo, do you think that is (could be?) my problem?
     
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    Janet.. your medical records will take a little over a week and a half to get, they first told me 3-5 weeks and I told them I want then Asap, said they are in a warehouse.. dont get that at all, I can call my local hospital and get my records the next day. On my older post, after the replacement, I was saying I was still in pain 2 months after surgery.. so it's been way too long..wish the 20th would come fast and find out what is wrong. Wait till you read your medical records...scary! My doctor wrote that he was there for the critical part of the surgery.. I never even knew he was going to leave at all.. let me know if your doctor left also. I had a very hard time getting on this today...Hope you are all doing ok.. and getting better every day! Karen
     
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    Karen, I alreadyhave the OR report...got that from his office after my surgery. But I want a more detailed one.

    He did the whole surgery himself, although there were I think 2 others present. It is a teaching hospital...
     
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    Janet, these are the important bits of your hip implants:
    Acetabulum: and Stryker Tritanium acetabular component size 50 mm with two screws and a polyethyelene insert,
    Femur: Accolade TMZF femoral component and SROM (metal) ball with a small sleeve

    So you have a metal on plastic hip and no need to worry about the MoM issue!
     
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    Ok...but what is that DePuy SROM thing?
     
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