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While hip replacement is generally considered to be a safe procedure, it is still surgery and as with any surgery, complications can occur, some of them serious. Some of these complications occur during the surgery while other complications arise after the procedure. The following are some of the more common complications arising from hip replacement surgery:
Blood Clots: Clots can form in the veins of the leg caused by pressure that is placed on the veins during hip replacement surgery.
Infection: Infections can occur at the site where the incision or cut was made for the surgery as well as inside the deep tissue surrounding the new hip.
Fracture: Because hip replacement is a complicated procedure, healthy portions of the hip may fracture. Larger fractures are repaired with wires, cables, or bone grafts.
Dislocation: Moving in certain positions may cause the ball of the new joint to become dislodged from its socket. Continuous dislodging often requires another surgery to stabilize the ball and socket.
Loosening: The new joint may not become completely fixed to the bone or it may loosen over time and bring pain to the area. A second surgery is often needed to solve the problem.
Artificial Hip Breaks: A second surgery is needed to replace the broken joint.
Change In Leg Length: A hip replacement may cause one leg to be longer or shorter than the other.
Joint Stiffening: The soft tissues surrounding the replaced hip may harden over time, making it difficult to move the hip.
If you have experienced or are experiencing any of the above risks related to hip replacement surgery, contact an attorney. An attorney can help to evaluate your situation and recommend a doctor for you to see. An attorney can also advise you on the best course to take in resolving the situation to your satisfaction. Feel free to give me a call @ 1 800 373 8000. Consultations are always free and welcomed.
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