Well, this is interesting. I had knee pain PRIOR to bilateral hip replacements. It was deferred pain from the hips. My hip replacements were due to osteonecrosis, not arthritis. I had the left one done in Nov. 2002. By Dec., the cup had slipped out of place, so I had a revision and woke up in a spica cast with a bar between my thighs. I remained in that for 3 wks., then was switched to locked steel hip and legs braces for 5 wks., so still immobilized. From that, I went to a wheelchair. Then to crutches, walker, cane. My insurance did not cover inpatient rehab, and it was difficult to get to hospital OP PT, so I got little therapy. The rt. hip was done in July 2003, with fewer complications, but both hips started dislocating within 6 mos. post replacement. I couldn't sit long enough to continue working, so applied for SSD. The surgeries were done at a teaching hospital, which accepted patients w/o insurance.
It took 2 yrs. to be approved for SSD, but I got Medicare at the same time. So off to Mayo I went.
I had gone to Mayo for liver cancer. So I had a great ortho surgeon there do revisions of both hips and I've had no problems since. I went to inpatient rehab both times, the first time for 10 days and the 2nd time for 2 wks. I can't stress how important this was. I also continued the exercises at home for 6 mos. afterwards. I have not had knee pain at all, until just the past 6 mos. I had x-rays taken and again saw the ortho doc at Mayo (I get everything done there now.) He said I had torn cartilage and arthritis on the lateral side of my rt. knee. I am not supposed to take ibuprofen, but when the pain gets too bad I break down and take 2 tablets...never more than that and only occasionally. I think I can get a partial knee replacement, but am holding off on that.
Nurse1stick was correct about
it taking a full year to recover from hip replacement and revision. Be patient and continue to do your specific exercises for strength and ROM, preferably twice a day. It makes a huge difference.
Bless you all. It's no picnic.
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Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
Post Edited (hep93) : 6/18/2013 11:30:07 AM (GMT-6)