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