James W. Pritchett, MD
Common Concerns After Hip Resurfacing
FeverMost patients run a fever at first after hip resurfacing. We think this is from the release of cytokines (pyrogens) from drilling into the femur. Rarely is the fever a sign of infection or other serious complication. The usual pattern is for the temperature to rise later in the day or evening. The fever goes away within a few days.
SwellingMost patients have significant thigh swelling after hip resurfacing. This is from dislocation the hip and often is a major inconvenience. It does not come on immediately following surgery but usually within the first several days. Ice, massage and elevation seem to help.
Wound DrainageThere often is drainage from the incision. At first this is blood but later it is just the serum, which is more yellow. Sometimes this occurs several days following surgery. If there is significant redness with this we should examine the incision for the possibility of infection although this is rare.
Muscle SpasmMany patients are surprised that the major muscle pain is not in incisional area but rather in the thigh. This can be a major inconvenience but does gradually subside. Exercise, massage and ice can all help.
Last Modified: July 30, 2014