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Hip FAQ

Question:

Six months ago I had my right hip joint replaced. Everything was going fine until the front of my thigh on that same side started hurting. Now I can hardly get up and down the stairs or in and out of the car. Am I just being a big baby? Or does everyone with this problem have so much trouble?

Answer:

Thigh pain after total hip replacement (THR) has been reported by patients. As few as two percent and as many as 40 percent of THR patients have said they have thigh pain. There aren't a lot of studies on the problem.

According to a recent report patients with thigh pain have trouble with daily activities. They say it doesn't affect their overall quality of life any more than someone with a THR without thigh pain.

There may be a problem that can be fixed. Make an appointment with your orthopaedic surgeon to make sure the pain is coming from the implant. It could be caused by a low back or sacroiliac problem. If it is the implant, then revision surgery may be all that's needed to get you back on your feet and going at your regular speed.

Carlos Lavernia, MD, et al. Patient-Perceived Outcomes in Thigh Pain After Primary Arthroplasty of the Hip. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. December 2005. No. 441. Pp. 268-273.

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