My mother received a hip replacement on May 13/08. She is doing fine and was released from the hospital on
May 17. Since then the swelling, which was initially following her surgery in her thigh to knee area, has now spread to her ankle. It is not purplish, and she insists she is not in pain. But it is a cause of concern to me and my sisters who are overlooking her recovery. I called the hospital and they told me it is a normal part of recovery from hip surgery.
Because there are so many involved in her care, there is a difference of opinion as to what we should do. I want to continue to monitor the situation and have her elevate her leg whenever she is sitting, or laying down. My sisters believe we should take her to her doctor. She is 87 years old. She was prescribed Celebrex on release from hospital. I read the side effects and swelling is one of them.
It is not uncommon to develop some swelling in the first few weeks after surgery. If this occurs, elevate the leg whenever not up to walking. However, excessive swelling of the foot and lower leg can be due to thrombosis (blood clots) in the veins in the leg. You should notice if the swelling is associated with painor tenderness.
The complications of hip replacement include thromboembolic disease or blood clots in the veins of the legs, dislocation of the total hip arthroplasty, bleeding, infection, loosening of the implants, wear of the components, osteolysis, and neurovascular injury.
You should follow up the doctor regularly.
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