I Just had my left hip replaced about a week ago.
i do not feel much pain or discomfort, but my leg is starting to swell. What is the cause of this.
I’ve had both hips replaced in separate surgeries. I had considerable swelling for a few weeks after the first surgery, but none at all after the 2nd. I think the difference was the fact that I was up and around, walking, not sitting for long after the 2nd surgery. After surgery#1 I didn’t feel very good and lay in bed a lot, wasn’t doing things for myself.
If you’re only a week post-op, I assume that you still are receiving home visits by a visiting nurse and physical therapist (or are in a rehab center) so it would be a good idea to point this out to them.
Keeping your leg elevated above your heart may also help. By all means, don’t sit (for very long or at all) with your feet on the floor. Don’t spend hours sitting at your computer with your feet on the floor. Keep walking around the house. It isn’t unusual to have some swelling but you should know that swelling can be an indication of a condition called DVT (deep-vein thrombosis). This means that a clot has formed in a leg vein. While this can be very painful, the real danger is the possibility that the clot might break off and go to the lung causing a pulmonary embolism which can be fatal. To prevent this happening surgeons prescribe anti-clotting regimens which can include drugs (e.g. warfarin, lovinox, aspirin) and/or special stockings (called TEDS). I took warfarin and wore TEDS 24/7 for about 5 weeks and I assume that your surgeon prescribed something like this.
Here is more info on the condition:
If you’re still uneasy about the swelling, call your surgeon’s office and ask.