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better or worse
Thu Mar 22, 2018 1:10am

It depends = I had to have the whole prosthesis removed last April and because it had been done so long ago, the cement was very hard. The Orthopedic surgeon had a very difficult time removing the stem and cement, breaking a sonic drill bit in the process. A lot depends on the procedure you had back then and an equal amount on your general health even now.

With that greater work required and longer surgery, I still went home the second day after replacement surgery in September. Pain was well controlled - with about three months on a walker. My original surgery was so long ago that we then spent a week or more in the hospital and 6 months on crutches.

Your time will vary - but I think my recovery is near the regular time line.

  • Broken stemBarb L., Wed Mar 21 5:24pm
    My doctor informed me today after x-raying my right hip that I have a broken stem in that hip replacement. Original surgery was January of 2002. I handled both of my hip replacements left and right... more
    • better or worse — joanbllt, Thu Mar 22 1:10am
      • Femur problemsOld Goalie, Fri Mar 23 4:48am
        I was in the experimental years of 2006/2010 when comanies were putting in untested metal on metal balls, liners and stems. After my 3rd total hip replacement in 5 years, ,pay surgeon broke every... more
        • Re: Femur problemsAnonymous, Sat Mar 24 11:06pm
          Wow I'm kind of sorry I asked. Sorry you had such problems. I'm thinking positive and hoping that the revision surgery will be somewhat like the first surgery. I've been trying to find the positivity ... more
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