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Living with the Pain of Hip Replacement

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Ashton, MLGrant has been living with constant pain—and oxycontin—since getting a hip replacement in 2007. “In this day and age nobody should have to walk around in chronic pain,” he says.

Thousands of people have filed lawsuits after their hip replacement began to fail. And most all metal-on-metal hip implants continue to fail. Grant and many other people who had implants in the early 2000s, even five or so years ago, are filing complaints. So much for being told a hip replacement would last about 20 or so years and it would likely outlive you.

About 20 years ago Grant began having hip problems, but his orthopedic surgeon said he was too young for an implant and to wait until he couldn’t stand the pain anymore. Ironically the pain is much worse now. “I had a full football scholarship- football is a collision sport, dancing is a contact sport,” Grant says, laughing. “I don’t remember getting a particular blow and I always wore hip pads. But my surgeon said I had arthritis on my femur and pelvic bone, so I have an osteo-arthritic hip. And I have degenerative bone loss.”

“In this day and age nobody should have to walk around in chronic pain.”

Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic condition of the joints and occurs when cartilage wears down. And people with osteoarthritis are some of the most common candidates for hip implants. Grant was in his mid-50s and could only walk about 50 feet before he had to sit down. Any lifting was agonizing—he had reached the point where he “couldn’t stand it anymore.”

Grant had a complete hip replacement and the requisite rehabilitation programs. “I was told the surgery would fix everything and recovery would take a few months but to this day I can’t even empty the cat box—so many simple things are impossible,” he says.

“At first my surgeon said to ‘hang in there’. I believed him at first. But after a few months I had my doubts. It never got better.”

Just last week Grant went to ER in agony. He had x-rays, a CT Scan and an MRI. Nothing structurally wrong showed up so he is going to see another orthopedic surgeon next week and a neurosurgeon. “The radiologist explained that an MRI doesn’t pick up much with all that metal in your body; it glows so bright that you can’t see much,” Grant adds. “But it looks like nothing has moved and all the screws are in place. I didn’t do anything to cause so much pain, I didn’t jump off a table—heck I can barely walk. Right now I am sitting on the couch with my feet up.”

Grant doesn’t know whether the device is defective or if it was implanted incorrectly—maybe it’s the wrong size? “No doctor wants to turn state’s evidence on another doctor, but I know something is wrong,” says Grant. “How can this metal hip wear out in just nine years?”

From 2002 to 2013, there were 578 recalls from six major manufacturers, according to Consumers Union. Grant doesn’t know which brand he has, but he didn’t get a recall notice. Regardless, these recalls came too late for thousands of people who already received defective hip implants, and thousands of people have defective hips that weren’t recalled


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I am in the USA,Had a THR In February. Hip was bone on bone at 60 years old. Degenerative bone disease, osteoarthritis, Sjogrens,Fibromyalgia,lax ligaments. I have used my body hard, the Docs say. I am blessed and happy.
I have been in therapy since before surgery until now.
I had a posterior dislocation in April ( OUCH!! ) & a lesser
one in June. Surgeon says if I dislocate a third time he will do a revision ( replace the cup and ball with a larger one and use a cup with a rim for more stability ).
I am glad that I was able to get a more advanced product than seems to be available in the U.K. My research leads me to believe that the sturgeon was a trout. LOL
He did very little soft tissue repair on his way out. Some days I have trouble walking...muscle spasms and nerve pain
with ongoing weakness. My knees are shot and I wear braces to keep them from buckling.
I am trying to get a second opinion in a larger city with better doctors and hospitals. Insurance is a problem -
Medi-don't-care is just that.

I wanted to let you know how things are on this this side of
the pond. I read the horror stories in the group and thank the Good Lord that my troubles are minor.


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