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What are possible risks of hip replacement surgery?

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Blood clots, infection, and bleeding are some common worries after hip replacement surgery. More rare problems can include:

  • Your legs may be uneven lengths after the surgery.
  • You may dislocate the joint if you cross your legs too far or sit too low.
  • Pieces of fat in your bone marrow can break away and get into the lungs, which can cause very serious breathing problems.
  • Nerves in the hip area may be injured from swelling or pressure and can cause some numbness.
  • The replacement parts may become loose, break, or become infected.

SOURCE:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

SOURCE:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 05, 2018

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