Complications following hip replacement surgery

Written by: Dr. Jaime José Morales de Cano
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Experts chiropractors claim that, after undergoing hip replacement surgery, certain complications can occur, as with any other surgery. The complication rate is low in this case.

hip prostheses

More serious complications, such as infection of the joint, occurs in less than 2% of cases. Chronic diseases can increase the chances of complications.

Some of the complications that can arise after a hip replacement surgery are:



It can produce a superficial infection of the wound or deep around the prosthesis infection. Minor infections are treated with antibiotics while deep infection may require surgery and remove the prosthesis.


Blood clots

The most common complication in hip replacement surgery is the formation of blood clots in the veins of the leg or pelvis. It can be dangerous if the clots break free and travel to the lungs.


Unequal leg length

After these interventions, some patients feel they have one leg longer than the other. In some cases it is to make this inequality to maximize stability and biomedical hip.



The dislocation occurs when the head of the hip out of the socket. It usually occurs during the first few months after surgery, since the tissues are still healing. This complication is very rare.


Implant loosening and wear

The implant wear and loosening may occur after years of having performed surgery. This is mainly due to the activities performed on a daily basis. If this causes pain, you may have to perform a second surgery known as revision surgery.

Besides these complications already named, lesions in blood vessels and nerves, bleeding, stiffness and fracture can occur.

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By Dr. Jaime José Morales de Cano
Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Morales Cano is a leading orthopedic surgeon premier professional experience of many years that endorses him. He is a member of the Unit Hip Surgery and Traumatology Service LENOX Corachan and Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital del Vendrell. Of their education include three master's degrees, in addition to his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery is the University of Barcelona. Associate in the School of Nursing Calafell of the Rovira i Virgili University professor has made numerous medical publications and scientific.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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