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    Revision THR A new year and new hope: revision for loosened THR

    Hello Bonesmarties in the Year of Covid-19! I am hunkered down here in upstate New York, a few hours from Ground Zero of the pandemic. Our county is moderately affected but nearly all people here are dutifully following the suggested precautions and distancing, and hoping the situation...
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    Revision THR 55 male cyclist 2019 October Revision THR

    As I've said before, "Revisions Rock!" Your weight loss will be a blessing to your new hip and lengthen its life. I was glad to read in an earlier post that you were resuming vigorous exercise but foregoing long-distance running due to the high impact. A wise choice.
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    Revision THR Osteotomy Recovery Expectations

    Wow, that is bad luck to have one of your femoral stems loosening. I can tell you from my experience that a loose stem never gets better, but it can and does get worse. In my case I had increasing instability and pain with my THR over a couple of years until one day in the garden while doing...
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    Revision THR 55 male cyclist 2019 October Revision THR

    Hey Corey, Great to hear how well you are doing. It took some serious discipline for you to slow down and take your recovery literally a step (or a pedal) at a time. Good for you! I, too, strongly suspect I had a femoral stem that was too small and that caused me to be at high risk of...
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    Revision THR Hope for 2020, Revised THR

    It was music to my ears that your hip finally feels "stable." You ended up with the same type of revision as mine. The femoral stem was completely loose and was swapped for longer one also uncemented, but the acetabular cup remained in place with a new plastic lining. I found the recovery...
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    Revision THR A new year and new hope: revision for loosened THR

    I just had my one-year follow-up appointment with Dr. Waddell last Wednesday, a few weeks early to catch him before he moves to Atlanta. Routine check-up as I am experiencing no pain with the revised hip. I first met with his PA Nicole who is very knowledgeable and helpful. In fact, she...
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    THR Hip replacement question after failed femoral neck fracture repair with screws

    In case anyone is considering contacting Dr. Bradford Waddell at HSS, he just announced last month that he is moving his practice to Atlanta, Georgia, as of the first of the year. The move was to be closer to his wife's extended family and his own. So anyone in the Atlanta area needing a...
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    Revision THR Hip pain 20 months post op

    When I was having chronic pain in my THR in April of 2018, I had an x-ray taken to rule out a loose prosthetic. I was told the prosthetic was well-positioned and not loose. Well, several months after that, the hip failed entirely, and I ended up on crutches until I could get a revision. When...
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    Revision THR Fractured femoral prosthesis

    Hi @helenium, Thank you for the explanations and your kind words. Wow, they had to remove your GT to do the revision! I have read that the most difficult part of revision surgery is safely getting all the old components out. I remember my surgeon saying that my revision was relatively easy...
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    Revision THR A new year and new hope: revision for loosened THR

    Yesterday was my 10-month revisi-versary. I continue to go to the gym twice a week and work on flexibility, balance, and strength. My trainer is a great believer in using body-weight exercises and poses rather than the exercise machines. I like this because I can do most of the exercises at...
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    Revision THR Fractured femoral prosthesis

    @helenium You have an impressive list of surgeries since 2001! You sure have been through a lot. I have had just one revision so am a neophyte. So far, so good. Fingers crossed. I have a question for you. What do you mean when you say your greater trochanter is now finally attached? Do...
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    Revision THR 55 male cyclist 2019 October Revision THR

    Wow, that is such encouraging news, Corey. May those blood tests continue to come back negative for infection. I hope this represents a turning of the corner towards complete recovery and wellness for you. There IS life after revision! Keep us posted. We care.
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    Revision THR 55 male cyclist 2019 October Revision THR

    Ah, Corey, that was some tough news about the blood counts, but as others have said, you have the right attitude to get through whatever comes next. Good to hear the docs are aggressively addressing the situation. We will be looking for your updates. Sending healing thoughts your way.
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    Revision THR 55 male cyclist 2019 October Revision THR

    Wishing you the best possible outcome, Corey. I too had a loose femoral stem, but it became an obvious problem only after 10 years. One possible cause was that the original stem was too small. My revised hip feels more natural and comfortable than the first one ever did. I have very long...
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    Revision THR Aditi's recovery thread

    Hi @Aditi , I was intrigued by the description of your femur as a "champagne flute" shape. I have sort of the opposite femur type which could have contributed to my femoral implant loosening. I have what one surgeon termed a "stovepipe" femur. [These OSs sure have colorful ways of...


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