- Sep 26, 2019
- United States
I have never posted to a thread or anything like this before, but this website is the first place I have been able to find any help. I had an anterior THR in 2/2015. It never went right. That implant failed due to a loose rod. After two years of trying to get to a revisionist specialist, I finally did. He only does revisions and has probably done 1,000 of them. I had a posterior THR revision on August 6th of this year. It was at exactly 7 weeks this past Monday, 9/23 when I had a full anterior dislocation. Under sedation, they reduced it that same day. I have never known pain like that, and as you would expect am terrified now that it will happen again. Prior to this, I was doing fantastic. I was walking 30 minutes every other day with some light terrain height changes, PT exercises, no pain, no limp, just 100% success. It didn't dislocate easily. I have been good about my precautions, but I can only think I got a little sloppy. I was on my back, on my bed, doing an adductor stretch or moving into or out of the position. I did have my upper body elevated a little with pillows to monitor what I was doing. I remember leaning forward a little, but I had done this before, so I didn't think twice about it when I heard the pop out of the blue. Initially there was no pain and I was able to straighten my leg out. About five minutes later, I couldn't move my leg, and the pain continually mounted. I realized I was in trouble and fortunately had a phone next to me. Ambo trip to ER and heavy meds, sedation, they did a closed reduction. My surgeon feels that the soft tissue from the original failed anterior hip replacement was the problem. He now wants me to follow anterior hip replacement precautions, and I will see him in one week to discuss what is next. I just feel like I need a place to come and voice my intense fear of it happening again and not knowing if I have to just give up on my lifestyle of gardening permanently. I became skilled at gardening working around a failed THR for the past 5 years, but this is different now. I just want to know what I am up against going forward. I seem to have emerged from the doomsday mentality and want to be proactive about this going forward. For now, I am being excessively cautious, and just holding on. Thank you so much for being here and a place to find support. I am 62 and the original surgery was due to severe osteoarthritis that was resulting in the hip starting to fuse. I had the first surgery when I was 57.