What to Expect After Surgery and Possible Risks

What to Expect After the Surgery

Following your hip replacement and physical therapy, you can expect that your hip will function much better. Most patients with stiff hips before hip replacement have improved motion afterwards.
The majority of patients who have a total hip replacement experience significant relief from pain. These patients usually have successful results even after 10 years.

Possible Complications With Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement has been performed safely for over 25 years, and many surgical advances have improved outcomes. However, as with any surgery, there are risks.
Minor complications are temporary in most cases, and are often easily treated by your healthcare provider.
Minor complications with hip replacement surgery can include:
  • Infection
  • Numbness around the incision
  • Bleeding
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Abnormal or painful scar formation
  • Allergic skin reaction to tape, dressing, or latex
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting.
There are also several major hip replacement complications that can occur. These are uncommon; however, your overall health plays a role in your likelihood of developing complications and how well you recover. For example, patients with severe heart, lung, or kidney disease or diabetes, may have a higher chance of developing complications than would healthier patients.
(Click Hip Replacement Complications for more information.)
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