Pain in the distribution of the sciatic nerve is common in the elderly. In the presence of a long-standing joint replacement, consideration should be given as to whether compression might be due to an extraspinal cause. We present three women, in whom a mass of wear debris from a previous total hip replacement caused compression of the sciatic nerve posterior to the hip. The symptoms were relieved immediately following operation.
- Received June 21, 2002.
- Accepted June 23, 2003.
- © 2003 British Editorial Society of Bone and Joint Surgery