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Hip FAQ

Question:

Two years ago, I had a total hip replacement. Within six months of the surgery, I started having thigh pain on that side. It has never gone away. Can anything be done about this?

Answer:

Thigh pain after a total hip replacement (THR) is not uncommon. In fact, up to 40 percent of patients may complain of this problem. It’s more common with implants without cement. These are called cementless total hip arthroplasty or replacement. Doctors aren’t sure why this happens, which makes treatment difficult. If there isn’t any infection, then the patient is usually given pain medication. Physical therapy can be helpful. If severe pain lasts more than two years, the doctor may suggest a second surgery to repair or replace the THR. Thomas E. Brown, MD, et al. Thigh Pain After Cementless Total Hip Arthroplasty: Evaluation and Management. In Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. November/December 2002. Vol. 10. No. 6. Pp. 385-392.

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