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Should You Have Hip Surgery?
Written by Steve Robinson   
Hip problems xrayAre you considering having hip replacement surgery? If you are than you need to know what the benefits and risks are to make sure it is right for you.  There may be other therapies that you can do that may help to relieve your hip pain but when you have tried this and it failed to work then you will more than likely need to have hip surgery if you want the pain to stop. When you have hip replacement you will have your range of motion back and you will be able to do your daily tasks with ease again. However, there are risks involved just like there is with any type of surgery. You need to know these and the results that you will see when you have this surgery.

Here are the results you will see when you have had hip replacements.
  • The chance of a successful recovery is in your favor. More than 90 percent of the time the hip surgery will be successful.
  • You will experience less pain in your hip joint and you will have more range of motion in your joints. You don’t want to expect to be able to do anything that you couldn’t do before you had surgery. High impact activities such as running or playing basketball will more than likely not gain the approval of your doctor. You will however be able to swim, play golf, walk or ride a bike given enough time.

Hip replacement surgery risks

This is usually a safe surgery but as with any type of surgery there are complications that can happen. Some of the complications will be serious but most of them can be treated successfully. On the rare circumstances that there are complications these can include:
  • One: Blood clots – This is when you get clots in your leg veins that can form due to decreased movement of your leg after you have surgery. Then you can also get injury to the veins during the surgery. Your doctor will usually give you blood thinning medications after your hip surgery to help with the prevention of clots forming. There are compression devices that will be used on your legs such as, elastic stockings to increase the blood flow through your veins in your legs and exercise will also be used for to help lessen the risk.
  • Two: Infection – Infections can occur where your incision is and also in the deep tissue near your new hip. Most of the infections can be treated with antibiotics but when you have a major infection near your prosthesis you may have to have surgery to remove the old prosthesis and replace it with a new one.
  • Three: Dislocation – There are certain positions that will cause the ball from your new joint to become dislodged. You can avoid this by not bending any more than 90 degrees at the hip. You also don’t want to cross the midline of your body with your leg. Surgery is not always necessary to relocate your hip joint.
  • Four: Loosening – This means that your new joint will loosen over time which can lead to pain in your hip. This may have to have surgery to correct the hip problems.
  • Five: Breakage of the prosthesis – This is rare but it does happen. The artificial hip may break if it has been several years since you had surgery. If this happens surgery will be needed to replace the broken hip joint.
  • Six: A change in your leg length – Your surgeon will take steps to stop this problem but every once in a while your new hip can make your leg longer or shorter than the other one. This can happen because of weakness of muscles that are surrounding your hip. When this happens you can strengthen the muscles to get rid of this problem.
  • Seven: Joint stiffening – There are times where the soft tissues around your joint will harden and this will make it more difficult to move your hip which is also called ossification. It is usually not painful. Your doctor can recommend medications or radiation therapy to stop this from happening if you are at risk for it.
You will need to talk to your surgeon about anything that concerns you before you have the surgery. Your doctor can help you understand the risk of complications that you may face.
 
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