An "enigma" is something that's hard to understand, something puzzling. Thigh pain after a surgery for a new hip joint is one of such puzzle. This enigmatic pain can occur when a cementless implant is used. Doctors report several possible causes. Sometimes the implant is too stiff for the bone. It doesn't "bend" enough so that stress builds up between the bone and the implant. The shape and size of the implant are also important. There is a greater chance of thigh pain with a larger implant. The quality of the patient's bone is also important. Poor bone structure from osteoporosis results in a "less stiff" bone. The zone between the implant and weaker bone may be mismatched. Thigh pain can be the result. This pain is usually described as a dull ache. There is no fever and no history of trauma or illness. The patient often points to the spot where the tip of the implant is located. Some patients report only mild discomfort. Others walk with a limp and need to use a cane or walker. The p...
Hip joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the hip joint with an artificial joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis .
Hip arthroplasty; Total hip replacement; Hip hemiarthroplasty
The artificial hip joint has four parts:
A socket that replaces your old hip socket. The socket is usually made of metal.
The liner, which fits inside the socket. It is usually plastic, but some surgeons are now trying other materials, like ceramic and metal. The liner allows the hip to move smoothly.
A metal or ceramic ball that will replace the round head (top) of your thigh bone.
A metal stem that is attached to the shaft of the thigh bone to make the joint more stable.
You may receive general anesthesia before this surgery. This means you will be unconscious and unable to feel pain. You may have a spinal or epidural anesthesia. In this kind of anesthesia, medicine is put into you...
Lately, I’ve found that my hips have stiffened up. According to my massage therapist, part of the reason is due to lower back issues that I’ve been facing. It turns out that my lower back has recruited my hip muscles into a revolt that at times can be uncomfortable and at times can be downright painful.
And I’m not alone because, unfortunately, stiff hips can be part of aging for women. In her book, “Fit and Fabulous After 40,” Denise Austin notes that women’s hips differ from men’s. “Our hip socket is called a Q socket, and unlike men, the line from knee to hip isn’t straight; our femurs, or upper leg bones, fit into the hip socket at an angle,” she writes. “For this reason, women tend to experience more hip problems are they grow older.” She notes that issues with your hips can impact your ability to walk and also can lead to back pain and other injuries. Plus, I want to do everything I can to avoid getting arth...
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