Changes in Leg Length With Hip Replacement
Your leg or legs may be longer or shorter than normal following this surgery. Every effort will be made to maintain your usual leg length; however, this may not be possible in your particular situation. Making the hip replacement stable is a key factor in the success of hip replacement surgery. Changing the length of the leg can affect the stability of the hip. By increasing the length of the leg, this will tighten the muscles around the hip joint, thereby increasing the stability. However, if the leg is too long, this can stretch the nerves and potentially cause nerve damage.
Pain and difficulty walking can result from changes in leg length with hip replacement; however, this can often be improved with the use of a shoe lift.