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Where can you find information about pain in the groin after hip replacement?

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To learn more about pain in the groin after a hip replacement, patients can contact their doctors or use reputable health resources online such as the National Institutes of Health site or Emory Healthcare site. Patients can also call these institutions and speak with professionals in the field; however, it is always best for patients to speak with the doctor who performed the surgery if they are experiencing pain, notes Emory Healthcare.

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It is common for pain in the groin to follow a hip replacement surgery, particularly when patients have metal-on-metal resurfacing hip replacements. The pain, however, should go away after 2 weeks. The pain can be caused due to a stress fracture, acetabular loosening, impingement and iliopsoas tendonitis, according to the National Institutes of Health. Patients with groin pain that lasts longer than 2 weeks should speak with their doctor as non-operative treatment of chronic groin pain is typically not successful, notes the National Institutes of Health.

In addition to pain in the groin following the hip replacement surgery, patients may also experience pain near the incision site. This pain may last up to 14 days after surgery. There may also be swelling or a slight fever, notes Emory Healthcare. However, a fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit indicates more serious problems and the patient should visit the hospital immediately. Physical therapy will be needed after the hip replacement and may help to eliminate groin pain that is not chronic.

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