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Despite the current sterile techniques used for all surgeries, there is always a possibility of infection with this surgery. However, these infections occur only rarely, in about 1 to 2 out of 100 hip replacement surgeries. The treatment options vary, depending on the location of the infection.
 
With a total hip replacement, infections can range from minor ones, treated with antibiotics, to major infections, requiring a repeat surgery. If an infection develops within the hip joint itself, a repeat surgery will likely be performed, and the implant may possibly be removed.
 
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