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What risks are associated with hip replacement?

As you get older, you may notice parts of your body just do not seem to work the way they used to. Many people in California end up with hip problems. This is because this joint goes through a lot day in and day out from the moment you are born. You may end up being one of these people. If the time comes that you need a new hip joint, then it helps to be aware of the risks and complications you could face.

The Mayo Clinic notes some issues associated with hip replacement surgery are general risks that come with all surgery while others may be due to doctor error. For example, any surgery you have comes with the risks of excessive bleeding and infection. However, with a hip replacement, you also could end up with a fracture in your surrounding bones. If not discovered by a diligent doctor, this could lead to further issues, including immobility or infection.

Another specific issue with this surgery is having one leg ending up shorter than the other. This could be due to bad placement or mistakes made during surgery. It could also be a natural result of muscle issues that can often be corrected through exercise.

You could also face trouble with the joint becoming dislocated or loosening up due to the healing process not going as planned. Such issues should be caught by your doctor at your check-ups after the surgery. This information in intended to educate and not to be taken as legal advice. 

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