Hip Surgery Risks and Complications
Hip surgery can be painful and debilitating. It is not only a burden for the patient, but also for the patient’s family or care-takers. Besides the obvious costs associated with hospitalization, surgery suites, surgeons, scrub nurses, anesthesiologists, and rehabilitation, there are many risks and complications associated with hip surgery.
- Risk of infection – both after surgery as well as later if bacteria in the blood “seed” and grow on the prosthesis.
- Increased risk of stroke
- Significantly increased risk of heart attack
- Wear particles causing high levels of metal ions in the blood stream
- Risk of blood clots in the legs (DVT) and/or lungs (PE)
- Painful post-surgical recovery
- Prolonged rehabilitation
- Allergies to the metal used
- Limited range of motion and activity level
- Recurrent dislocations if the replacement is not placed properly
- Failure of the hip prosthesis
- Continued hip pain despite hip replacement