Complications of Hip Replacement

Complications of Hip Replacement


As the volume of total hip arthroplasties increases, the absolute number of complications will concurrently increase as well. It it important to understand how to identify and accurately diagnose such complications. Equally important is the expeditious management to address these complications.

Acute Post Operative Complications:

  • Peripheral Nerve injury
  • Vascular injury
  • Intraoperative Periprosthetic Femoral Fracture
  • Wound Complications
  • Acute post operative periprosthetic joint infection
  • Veno thrombotic embolus (VTE)

Chronic Complications:

  • Evaluation of the painful total hip arthroplasty
  • Dislocation
  • Prevention and treatment limb-length discrepancy
  • Chronic deep periprosthetic infection
  • Periprosthetic fracture of the femur after total hip arthroplasty
  • Acute pelvic discontinuities
  • Wear and osteolysis of polyethylene bearings
  • Complications of ceramic-on-ceramic bearings
  • Complication of metal-on-metal bearings
  • Complications of modular neck stems
  • Corrosion at the modular head-neck junction
  • Aseptic implant loosening
  • Iliopsoas impingement
  • Implant breakage
  • Heterotopic Ossifications


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