Hip Replacement Complications

Talking about possible hip replacement complications can feel very scary. Trust me, having had both hips replaced, I do understand.  But the reality of any surgery is that there can be complications and the wise patient will be aware of these before hand. 

Before surgery takes place your surgeon will talk through the possible complications with you and tell you how likely they are to occur in your individual case.  You will then be asked to sign a consent form, saying you understand the information and you accept the risks.

Be Prepared

On the day of surgery, you will probably be feeling anxious, so that is really not the best time to take in and evaluate a lot of new information.  That's why this page exists.  Have a read through the sort of complications that are associated with hip replacement surgery and ask your primary doctor or surgeon about them before the day itself and assess your risk when you still have time to consider other options rather than on the day itself.

Common Hip Replacement Complications

Now that probably seems like a long list. But with a good surgeon and proper care both during and after the operation they are unlikely to occur.

Follow the guidance given by your clinical team to stay safe and heal quickly.

Hip Replacement Complications
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?

After a hip replacement many people say "I got my life back". That is a statement I can really relate to. Pre-op I could barely walk, couldn't carry anything at all and was either in serious pain or spaced out on tramadol. My quality of life was very, very poor.

Post-op I am fully functioning, pain-free and very happy. To me the risks associated with this surgery were well worth taking and I'd certianly do it again. But in the end the choice is for you alone to make.

Talk with your surgeon

Please don't by shy about discussing these risks with your surgeon or other members of his team. Even if they seem incredibly busy they must take time to ensure that you understand the risks.

Related Links: 

Preparing for Surgery 
The Day of Surgery 
Preparing for Recovery

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