Fractures can occur during a total hip replacement procedure when the stem portion is inserted into the thighbone. This does not usually require another surgery to fix it, but will likely slow down the speed of your rehabilitation.
Fractures can also occur in the weeks following total hip replacement, although they are relatively uncommon. The fracture location will determine the treatment. Surgery is oftentimes necessary, including a repeat of the total hip replacement. Cables can sometimes be placed around the thighbone to hold the fracture together. In addition, bone may be taken from a cadaver and placed into the fracture to heal with the bone and help it become stabilized.