Hip Replacement Complications
Hip Replacement Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Hip Replacement:
Mini-incision hip replacement
Minimally invasive total hip replacement
Total hip replacement
If you are planning to have a hip replacement, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- Hip dislocation (most common complication)-occurs when the ball portion of the prosthesis dislocates from its normal position in the hip
- Blood clots
- Swelling or bleeding
- Injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels
- Anesthesia-related problems, like pneumonia
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Pre-existing medical condition (eg, heart or lung problems)
- Infection (eg, urinary tract infection , gum disease )-Having an infection increases the risk of bacteria entering the bloodstream and infecting the joint.
- Previous problems with blood clots
Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the surgery.
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.