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[REVISION THR] Odd sensations after hip hardware revision

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by janellej, Aug 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM.

  1. janellej

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    I am new to this forum. I am having weird sensations in the hip, months after the hardware revision.

    The hip feels very unstable, as if it is going to slide away from me. It feels like the hip is about to dislocate at any moment, giving me a feeling of impending doom. It feels like there are ball bearings in the hip, or the sensation of when you walk on sheer ice and can't get traction.

    I have had 4 different X-rays since the revision, which all show the hardware to be intact and in place, yet I have this feeling intermittently and when I have it, I feel like I better not do anything.

    I have not heard of anyone else having this sensation and I would like to know if I am the only one who has felt this way.

    History:
    My original R hip replacement (THA) was 1/1/2005. I had many good years with the hip, but it dislocated 7/4/2017. Then had a second dislocation 12/13/18. My surgeon recommended hardware revision. On 2/15/19 I had a R hip hardware revision, with the installation of a Freedom Constrained Liner and a new ceramic ball.

    My surgeon said there had been minimal wear on the cup but the joint capsule had been torn at some point which probably was related to the second dislocation. He said, "We fixed you up."

    My recovery progressed nicely afterward, and I had my second post-op visit on 4/3/19. Exam and X-rays were normal, and I was told I did not need to be on hip precautions except that I could not place my R leg in 3 planes at once, that is, do not bring your R leg to the L side of the body. At that time I was walking 2 miles without assistance (no cane).

    On 6/25/19 I had the first sensation of my leg wanting to slide away. This subsided by the following day, and for the next couple weeks I walked OK, but with a cane. On 7/7/19 I again had the sensation. My surgeon had retired, so I had to get a referral to another ortho clinic. On 7/22/19 I had the ortho appointment. X-rays, exam, and labs were all OK. The new provider, however, told me 1) Healing from a hip hardware revision takes a year; 2) Your anxiety makes it worse; 3) Need to follow hip precautions for the rest of your life.

    I still have no explanation for the sensation. I am currently using a cane much of the time, although I can walk a bit inside the house without it. I am perplexed because I was doing so well, and then I wasn't. I would like to know if anyone else has had similar sensations.
     
  2. Mojo333

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    Hi @janellej and :welome:to the forum.
    I'm glad the xrays and labs were good, and perhaps someone else has thoughts on what might be causing this odd sensation.
    More time for healing and Regaining strength will hopefully resolve this feeling..but I can imagine it does make you cautious.
    Do stay mindful.
    No falling:bignono: Its against the rules
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    I hope your weekend is restful and you get some feedback from other revision members.:tada:
     
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  3. janellej

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    Thank you for your comments and support!:)
     
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    Welcome to BoneSmart. Thanks for joining us!
    Your story is the first time I've ever heard anything like this. I can't imagine the sensation you describe but would assume it must be unsettling. Hopefully this is something that eases in time. Thankfully you're staying on top of this with your surgeon. Wishing you the best moving forward. Stay in touch and let us know how things progress.
    A great weekend to you!
    @janellej
     
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    Hi, Layla!

    My surgeon retired a few months ago, so I am following up with a new provider. I did speak with her today. She reassured me that the X-rays show the new hardware is solid. She thinks I have some degree of PTSD due to the previous dislocations. She also said I may be reacting to the different hardware.

    That makes sense, as the surgeon said the new liner was thinner, so he put in a larger ceramic head (ball). But after the initial hip, I never had any sense of hardware, it just felt like "me". So that may explain the sensation.
     
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    You do sound as if your revision surgery recovery was remarkable...2 miles at 2 1/2 months!
    I know most of our revision folks have a slower time of it.
    We are all different and our recoveries can progress differently...just glad we dont have to put up with the horrid hip pain.:egypdance:
     
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