Hip Replacement

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I had a hip replacement about 2 years ago. My left leg now is about 20cm longer than my righy leg. Is that a comman situation and is there anything legally I can do to take this dr to court for negligense?

My left knee is now busy packing up and I suffer a lot of pain.


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    Correction it is not 20 cm but 2 cm differance.
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      I would arrange to get to see someone in the Physio Dept pronto as that does not sound too good. Yoir GP should refer you straight away if they realise what's happening to you..

      Did you get decent Physio follow up after your op? If not then I would have a bit of a moan to the PALS Service even if it is 2 years on.

      It may be as Susan says and something that is happening due to the 'difference' in the area around the replacement parts? However I'm not experienced with this in any way except to say get some expert advice ASAP.

      Best of luck and keep us posted.

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    Are you sure it's a real difference in leg length (bones on one side shorter than the other) and not just due to your pelvis being twisted out of position due to muscle imbalance? The latter most definitely can happen (with or without a hip replacement op) and is fixable.

    If it's a real difference in length I'm not sure what the situation would be. My guess is you wouldn't have comeback but you could try phoning up one of those medical negligence solicitors for advice. It wouldn't cost you anything.

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    I had a left hip replacement last week.

    I was warned prior to surgery that there is a risk of different leg length.

    I was VERY shocked when I first stood up......my surgeon told me that operated leg is now 2cm longer than non-operated......but due to a pelvic tilt (caused by my body compensating for so long)....the difference is more like 3cm to 3.5 cm....I am walking around with one shoe on to try to help and a 2 1/2cm insert in my shoe......

    I think physio will help plus a chiropractor can advise if it's a pelvis tilt and manipulate it.

    It is a common problem and I would have thought the surgeon would have warned you?

    I need my other hip doing so am not "over worried" yet.....plus I am told the operated hip will settle....but it all takes time ....you have had that time after 2 years.

    Good luck ...

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      H, Anything above 2cm is NOT normal and cannot be rectified. That is pure neglegance from the Dr's side. 

      in my case, my leg is 2 cm longer than the other and I am in the process of sueing the Dr. for neglegance.

      Bear in mind, the Dr's do got insurance for there mistakes. In the old days they barried the mistakes, nowadays we sue them for there mistakes.

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