Risks and Complications of Hip Replacement Procedures

Men and women who suffer from hip pain may think of getting their diseased hips replace to avoid the recurring pain, health surveys show. There are about 332,000 hip replacements that are performed in the United States alone, according to the data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the numbers may still go up. Although the surgery is relatively safe, there are some risks that accompany this type of operation. The complications related to these hip implants vary and some are not serious but it is still being investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Pain is not the only motivating factor for patients to have a hip replacement operation but also to improve their mobility. Pain and decreased in mobility may hinder these individuals from doing their daily activities and having a good quality life. There are some people who are willing to go through this major operation just to have their old life and be free from the restrictions of the debilitating disease. In the past, most men and women who undergo this operation are over 60 years old. However, it is more different now because younger patients are now able to go through this surgery with positive results.

Still, patients are advised regarding the following possible risks:

– Hip implant loosening

o Loosening may occur when the prosthesis is not properly fixed on the bone which may happen after having the implant. It might be rare for the newly implanted hip to loosen.

– Dislocation of the hip implant

o There are some instances wherein the person may put the joint in a certain positions that may lead to its dislocation. The first few months has the highest risk of developing this problem. Hence, men and women are being taught of how to use their new hip to avoid dislocating it before they are discharged from the hospital.

– Wear and tear of the hip implant

o Eventually the implant may wear out due to constant use. This is a problem that occurs more often among young and active patients.

– Stiffening of the joint

o The soft tissues surrounding the hip joint will harden because of ossification and might lead to the stiffening of the joints.

These risks may still be prevented through recognizing the symptoms. Some patients who have experienced these complications believe that a DePuy hip recall was needed.

The author of this article writes about the new information on hip replacements and their risks and benefits. Some of the information may also be found at the DePuy Hip Recall News Center at depuyhiprecallnewscenter.com

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