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I had a hip replacement May 12. A week later I went to stand up and something snapped and the pain was intense. I couldn't put weight on the leg or move leg. Ended up back in the hospital, no dislocation. Two different Orthopedic Surgeons have had completely different opinions. One says stay off of it for 4 weeks and for any walking to tip toe with only a walker. The other one said with the current xray compared to the post op xray the stem has shifted in the femur. Maybe looking at a hip revision. Advised me to stay off of it for a few more weeks and then another xray. Any suggestions?
 

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Hello @Alaska!
Stopped by to offer well wishes on your one month anniversary and was sorry to read your update above. At approximately 3 to 3 1/2 weeks since the incident you described above, I’m wondering how you’re doing and whether non weigh bearing has helped? Hopefully you can avoid a revision. Either way, we’re here to support and encourage when you’re in need. Please let us know how it’s going. Will look forward to hearing from you. :)
 
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Hi,
The limited weight bearing really hasn’t helped much. Pain is constant. Especially at night. Pain in femur and groin area aches like a toothache and at times down my leg to my toes. It’s been a month since the replacement. This is not what I expected. Something just isn’t right in there.
 

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Find a new doctor or go back to the 2nd doctor (like he said to) since the first doctor is no help.

Good luck.
 

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Wondering if one of the two OS’s that gave you their opinion is your original surgeon, the one who performed your THR? Guessing the one who compared the latest x-ray to your post op x-ray is your original and the one who believes the stem has shifted necessitating a revision? Or did you take copies of x-rays to other surgeons?
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Oh dear, that sounds so painful and discouraging.
are you due for the second X-ray yet? I’m thinking you’ve waited long enough.
Please update as you can, praying for a quick resolution for you.
And yes, this isn’t a normal recovery and I don’t blame you for your disappointment In thinking this isn’t what you signed up for.
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Monday I will have a new X-ray and an appointment Tuesday with another Orthopedic specialist. I hope to hear a better outcome with all of this.
 

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In so many cases and in mine , hip issues from THR do not always show up in xrays,nuclear mri, regular mri etc.. Most of the issues I experienced after primary surgery showed during revision. We expect these tests can help diagnose, but in many cases they may not show the total picture accurately . If pain continues to persist it would be appropriate to schedule revision before bone growth secures the implant .
 

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Wishing you the best on Tuesday. I certainly hope you receive some good news.
Please let us know how it goes. We’re here for you. :friends:
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