Welcome to our Pain Management Community. I searched your posts and Profile Page and cannot find any other post/question that you have made on MedHelp.... at least under your current name "Laine12." So excuse me but I am confused by your question.
Please clarify your question on hip replacement. I'll do my best to respond to your
question(s). I'll look forward to hearing more from from you.
after a nasty fall,i had a total hip replacement 18 months ago, i am in constant pain i have recently visited my arthopedic surgen who says my x rays look fine, but perhaps I have an infection if I have this will probably mean further major surgery my scar and hip look fine,so can you explain what sort of infection this is thankyou
I want to join Tuck in Welcoming you to the PM Forum!!
It makes me very sad to hear that you are having complications after your THR (Total Hip Replacement). I just had my 3rd THR last September, 2010. I had complications after mine also, and it's not fun when that happens. Mine was a break in my femur that took about 3 months to heal. I do want to let you know that once you get this taken care of you should feel 110% better than you did before it. I do and I wish the same excellent results for you also.
Many times after surgery patients will unfortunately encounter infections that will cause them pain and they need to be taken care of. It's one of the side-effects that can and do occur with any surgery.
As to what type of infection you have, I'm afraid that I'm not qualified to answer that but a call to your Doctor should give you some answers. Did your Orthopedic Surgeon give you any type of an idea what type of infection he/she thinks you might have? Is he/she delving into this any further? Are you scheduled for further testing some time soon? Whatever you do, don't let this slide as you need to get an answer to this question. Push him/her on this issue and get an answer for this pain that you are having!!
What type of pain is this? Is it directly in the hip? Is it in the lower back? Is it down the leg? If you can be more specific it would really help in giving you some guidance. My 2nd hip implant was to replace the first one that lasted for over 26 years!! However, the surgeon was incompetent and it was loose from the very beginning. This was in 2006. When the 3rd one was done last September, 2010, the screws that held the cup in, literally fell out in the surgeon's hands!!! He couldn't believe that I had been walking on it for 4 years. The "bad" surgeon would never admit that anything was wrong but gave me pain meds for the pain which is something that he never does. It was my Internist that discovered that it was loose just 2 months after the implant. To this day, the incompetent Doctor still won't admit to anything being wrong with that implant. It would go out of place on me and I would have to lie down on my back to get it back into place!! so don't give up no matter what!!!!!
I will look forward to your updates on this. Hang in there!!! Get a second opinion if at all possible if this Doctor can't give you any answers. Don't let it lie and do nothing as you shouldn't be in any pain.
thanks for your reply, i am going to have further tests done on 22/7/11 they are a bone marrow test ,fluid taken from my hip and a scan. i hope something comes of these tests, my specialist says if an infection is found it will mean maybe 2 major ops. i dont know what i feel about this! but i dont want to carry on like this! thank you
on fri 22nd july i am going to have a radioactive tracer into a vein in my arm at the neuclear dept at st james hospital, on 02 august i am going for a fluoroscopic guided aspiration hip lt.I am very pleased that my problem is being investigated but it all sounds very "high tec"!!!!
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