Hip Dislocation With a Total Hip Replacement

Dislocation of the hip is when the joint comes apart. In other words, the end of the thighbone comes out of the socket joint of the pelvis. This occurs in about 1 to 8 out of 100 hip replacement surgeries. This risk is increased when a total hip replacement surgery is repeated.
With a total hip replacement, hip dislocations can occur as early as a few days after surgery and any time thereafter. So it is important that you follow your healthcare provider's instructions following surgery, as this will decrease the risk. Hip dislocations are treated in the emergency room, where the joint is put back in place. Medication is given to make this easier and to minimize pain. It is possible that a repeat surgery may be necessary to fix the dislocation if it cannot be put back into place. You may receive a brace to prevent or treat a hip dislocation with a total hip replacement.
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