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    Post hip replacement pain
    An_246819 posted:
    I had a total right hip replacement (stryker titainium) performed on 3/10/2010. It healed well and in a few months I was walking around fine, pain free. After about a year,I began having periodic pain. Now for the past year it has become progressively more and more painful. I went back to the surgen, got it X-rayed to see whats going on. The joint itself looks fine however there are a lot of shadows in the tissue around the pelvus. The doc. says it could be bursitis and gave me some sample patches to try. They did not help at all. It's to the point now where the pain is more severe then it was before the surgery. It hurts when I lift my leg wile walking and is the worst wile laying on my back trying to lift my leg. In the morning the pain is less. In the evening I can hardly get off the couch or out of bed. Then the first few steps are excrusiating. My body does have a tendency to form excessive scar tissue after healing, however this procedure left a clean incision scar and healed perfectly. Could these shadows on the X-ray be scar tissue causing the pain? Any ideas what could be going on here. My surgens major concern seems to be that the joint was installed and functioning properly which appears to be the case.

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    Bal M Rajagopalan, MD responded:
    I am worried about infection or inflammatory loosening. The best bet is get a second opinion. They will likely get MRI and metal levels and proceed from there.

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