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Hip repalcement problem

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Recovery Area' started by guyguy, Mar 19, 2006.

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  1. guyguy

    guyguy new member
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    After surgury the operated side is 1'1/2 longer than the other side. Is this normal? The Dr. didnot warn me this could happen.????????
     
  2. Sonia S.

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    Hello guyguy!? Firstly you are in the wrong section of the forum!!! Instead of Knee replacement discussions go into Hip replacement section so that you could get the most advices!
    I might be able to answer your question. My doctor (surgeon) said that in my case, i should have both hip replaced at the same time so that the problem that you are having does not happen! If i have one hip done first, i would get one leg longer than the other! So he said since both hips needs hip replacement lets do them together to avoid the problem of having one leg shorter than the other. Your new prosthethis has been especialy designed for your body and maybe you needed a longer stem but then again your doctor must've warned you that this problem could arise. (Maybe you need the other hip fixed to balance it?) Best wishes, Sonia S.
     
  3. dids

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    Yep! If your other hip is in need of replacement as well, it surely is to be expected.
     
  4. pt109

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    I recently had hip replacement as well and my right leg feels longer. But, as I do my PT, the difference lessens. My doc told me that the muscles need to be stretched back into their correct shapes and this takes time. My length difference is slowly getting less and less. The key is the therapy.
     
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