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Post Hip Replacement Swelling
eegvt posted:
Hi: I had a total hip replacement in June 2008. Recovery has been excellent, with little to no additional complications. I work out 5 days a week (spinning/walking/swimming/elyptical) and maintain a very healthy lifestyle. About 2 months ago my left ankle & foot started swelling (hip replacement leg). It often feels tight with up to a 1/2 inch indent and I'm anxious to resolve this new problem. Tried herbal remedies, limiting salt intake and even Rx diuretics which seem to work after several days. But I don't want to HAVE to take diuretics long term. My instinct is that something is being blocked. Any ideas?
Annie_WebMD_Staff responded:
Hi there, You may want to get your doctor to check you out since you've had surgery on that side. It's not possible for anyone to guess as to why you are having swelling problems but you may want to use the Symptom Checker tool as well as use the WebMD search engine with lymphedema as the keyword to see if these articles are helpful in answering your questions. - Annie
eegvt responded:
Hi Annie: Thanks for replying! I have read up on lymphedema and am doing everything possible naturopathically to combat this. My understanding is that post surgical swelling can occur off and on for up to 2 years after surgery. Guess it's just more exercise, B vitamins and stockings at night!

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