bursitis in incision from thr 3 years ago

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I've had two thr. Last one 3 years ago. In this second one I've had nothing but problems with bursitis.  I can hardly walk most days and am so fed up with this. I saw surgeon again last week and asked if he could replace the one he'd put in. He said it would kill me ! Now I'm wondering why he said that ? Any ideas, anyone ?

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    Hello, Emma. If I were you, I'd go for a second opinion to a different hip replacement surgeon, one who is experienced in doing revisions. Many people have had the hardware of a THR replaced, but it is always because there is something wrong with the hardware or the placement of it. A revision would never be done for bursitis only. You need a proper diagnosis of exactly what is wrong with your leg/thigh/hip before any treatment can be done. Have you had x-rays, MRI, possibly diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound?

    I would also suggest that you enter your post on the Hip Replacement Forum, since you will probably get a number of replies there. https://patient.info/forums/discuss/browse/hip-replacement-1109

    Good luck getting this dealt with. It must be horrible having such difficulty walking all that time since your second THR.

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      Thank you Annie for your reply. I've had numerous injections but they only last so long. The surgeon has finally sent me for a bone scan. The results of which I will get on the 20th September. It's like pulling teeth convincing this surgeon there's something amiss. He always says it's not the hip! Frustratingood but if this persists much longer I will ask for a second opinion.

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      It is quite possible that there is nothing wrong with the hip replacement hardware or its placement, and x-rays would show that. More likely it is some kind of soft tissue injury/injuries, which would seem to be what the physician believes, since you have received cortisone injections, which are for soft tissue problems.

      If you do go for a second opinion, try to make sure it is with a surgeon who is not associated in any way with your original surgeon.

      Soft tissue problems are common after THR. As an example, I had problems after my THR, could not put weight on the surgical leg without it collapsing and had pain in my buttocks. This continued for many months post-op, and my original surgeon kept on thinking it was muscle weakness. It wasn't! I went for a second opinion in a different practice and had MRI, bone scan and blood work. That surgeon diagnosed two torn gluteal tendons in the surgical leg that needed surgery for repair. I had the surgery ten months ago and things are much better, but I don't think I will ever be 100%.

      Your disability has lasted a very long time, and you deserve an accurate diagnosis and treatment!

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