Painful thigh after hip replacement surgery
Thigh pain after hip replacement surgery is not uncommon. People who experience this kind of pain after the surgery need not worry about this condition. The severity of pain after hip replacement surgery will wary from person to person as it is influenced by various factors. Still, main cause of pain in the thigh after this surgery can be found in over-stressing of the hip that was operated. The pain is not long lasting, and severity of pain will gradually diminish as more time elapses since the surgery.
Another common occurrence after hip replacement surgery, which might or might not be associated with pain, is a specific clicking noise. It can be heard on some occasions.
What is a cause for alarm is pain that either increases over time or does not go away as the time passes. This indicates that there has been some complication, and the doctor who performed the surgery should examine you to see what went wrong.
Causes of pain in the thigh after hip replacement surgery
There are numerous complications of hip replacement surgery that might cause problems such as the pain in the thigh. For example, the operating field might have become infected somehow, which could spread to nearby parts of the body and pain caused by inflammation and bacterial toxins could be felt there. It is even possible that the operation was not successful, meaning that the replaced hip might get loose very soon after the surgery. If the pain begins when the patient starts to use the operated hip again (walking or engaging in other activities), this is indicative of ongoing complications. Also, surgery will affect various tissues in the region, and these will react to the injury through producing a sensation of pain.
Other causes include possible ossification within the muscles, or a fatigue fracture of the pelvis, or nerve damage. Pain in the thigh might be unrelated to hip replacement surgery. What could cause it is some problem in the spine or some sort of vascular disease. Before you jump to conclusions, consult the doctor who performed the surgery and run some tests to determine what exactly causes the pain. In some cases, a second surgery will have to be carried out, to fix up whatever went wrong with the first surgery. Study results indicate that about ten percent of people who underwent hip replacement surgery suffer from thigh pain and similar problems that can be resolved by another surgery.