I am 18 months post LBHR and I am posting today with the hope that I can spare anyone contemplating the resurfacing procedure the consequences of choosing a surgeon with insufficient experience.
Does anyone know how to tell the difference between pain being generated by unhappy muscles and pain generated by something going wrong with the operation? I'm pretty sure that what I'm feeling is just normal post-op healing, but it's not getting much better and it's been 5 weeks.
The complication rate following hip replacement surgery is low. Serious complications, such as joint infection, occur in fewer than 2% of patients. The most common causes of infection following hip replacement surgery are from bacteria that enter the bloodstream during dental procedures, urinary tract infections, or skin infections. These bacteria can lodge around your prosthesis.
My problem first stated in 1989 when I broke my back in a riding accident. I finally had the broken bits put into a Wray cage and my L4 L5 pinned and plated in 1995, so my pain tolerance is quite high! In 2003 I broke the pins and plates and had them removed. In 2004 I broke my left foot, and subsequently put unequal weight on my right leg for 3 months.
Claire had it put in left hip in Dec 2006, it worked at first, easy recovery, no restrictions on activity, she was rock scrabbling in the west less than a year after surgery. She has had increasing difficulty walking for the past year, blamed it on her known bad right knee. She just had a total knee put in Mar 16 2009, it is working well now, maybe 105 degrees flex, she still has a lot more PT to do.