Hi All, I had an anterior hip replacement in April, had the typical swelling around surgical area and both feet swelling. The swelling went away when it should have, hip is good, all seemed well. A couple months later I developed both sided foot/ankle/toe edema +4. Waited it out, didn't go away. Other causes were ruled out, saw venous surgeon. He said it's lymphedema, clue being "it's the only edema that causes toe swelling." Asked if had recent groin surgery... But I read up, I find after a surgery or when lymphedema first begins it would be 1 sided. My lymphedema PT agrees it's too new to have gone to non surgical side already. She feels no hardness, signs of lymphedema, examined from upper thigh to toes.
I researched hip replacement complications, am in a support group for it, not one word on lymphedema being "side affect"/complication, that is, from injury.
Now will see a Physiatrist/Rehab doc who specializes in lymphedema for another opinion.
I could really use info and other's experience on the 1 side vs 2 sidedness edema within 3-4 months of a surgery. Was yours on one side only? If the other side latter developed lymphedema how long did it take post surgery? Thank you!