Preventing Hip Resurfacing Complications
As with any major surgical procedure, post-operative complications can occur following hip resurfacing surgery. Below is a list of some of the more common complications that can occur after hip resurfacing surgery. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive.
ThromboembolismThis condition, which includes two interrelated conditions—deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism—occurs when blood clots are formed in the large veins of the legs. In some cases, these clots can become dislodged from the veins, travel through the circulatory system, and become stuck in the critical arteries of the lungs. This scenario, called a pulmonary embolism, is a serious medical condition.
The following steps may be taken by you and your physician to avoid or prevent thrombois:
IMPORTANT: If you develop swelling, redness, pain and/or tenderness in the calf muscle, report these symptoms immediately to your physician.
InfectionInfections occur in a small percentage of patients undergoing hip resurfacing surgery. Unfortunately, infections can occur even when every effort is made to prevent them.
The following steps may help to minimize the risk of post-operative infections:
PneumoniaA possible side effect of surgery is the development of pneumonia.
The following steps may help minimize this risk: