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What Are Some Results of Hip Surgery?

A range of complications could result from a hip surgery. Risks are raised when a patient’s bones are softer and whether they are being treated for osteoporosis, a common bone disease. Each subsequent hip surgery a patient goes through could put them in higher risk for experiencing an array of complications. Many patients require a second, more dangerous “revision” surgery. Dangers resulting from this surgery may include:

  • Infection – the body is exposed to agents which cause infections due to a lengthy procedure.
  • Bleeding – the large incision required to remove the first hip will result in higher blood loss.
  • Nerve or blood vessel damage – nerves shift during an operation which could result in bruising or cutting in the veins.
  • Poor positioning or loose fixation – an unsecured attachment will lead to a greater possibility of loosening, shifting or breakage of the implant.
  • Deep venous thrombosis – patients are not very mobile during surgery, which may result in this condition.
  • Blood clots – when muscles are moved to make room for the new implant, damage to blood vessels may result in blood clots in the heart and lung, and potentially strokes.
  • Dislocation – This happens very often in hip implant patients and worsens chances for recovery during physical therapy.
  • Leg shortening – the legs are shortened due to each hip surgery, resulting in poorer posture of the patient.

These symptoms can cause immense pain and suffering. They also interrupt a patient’s normal lifestyle. If you or a loved one have experienced trauma due to the DePuy hip recall recently issued, a hip replacement lawyer can work to protect your best interests.

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