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Hip Replacement Surgery Risks

All surgery, no matter how small or large, carries risks. Whilst these risks are uncommon, they do still occur from time to time. Mr Tai is happy to address any individual concerns you may have regarding hip replacement surgery at your face-to-face consultation with him.

Risks specific to hip replacement surgery include:

Infection of the wound
This is usually treated with antibiotics, but occasionally the wound can become deeply infected and require further surgery; in rare cases it may necessary to remove the artificial hip joint if infected.

Artery or nerve damage
In the area around the hip joint.

Blood clots or deep vein thrombosis
Clots may form in the leg veins as a result of reduced movement in the leg during the first few weeks after surgery. They can be prevented by using special support stockings, starting to walk or exercise soon after surgery, and by using anticoagulant medicines.

Fracture in the bone around the artificial joint during or after surgery
Treatment will depend on the location and extent of the fracture.

Excess bone forming around the artificial hip joint and restricting movement of the hip
Further surgery may be able to remove this and restore movement.

Dislocation of the hip joint
This may occur at any stage after a hip replacement but is most common in the immediate post-operative period or when the hip replacement is beginning to wear out. Definitive treatment depends on the cause of dislocation but may necessitate revision of the hip replacement.

Leg length inequality
Hip replacement surgery aims to restore the natural length of your legs. However, this may not always be possible, and the operated leg maybe left slightly longer or shorter than before the operation. Even if this occurs, most patients do not notice a difference.

Numbness in the area around the wound scar

Allergic reaction
You may have an allergic reaction to the bone cement if this is used in your procedure.