Complications after Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is not just a normal orthopaedic procedure. It entails a fair amount of detailing and a fair amount of risks. Furthermore, there are hip replacement surgery complications for you to consider before you venture in this region of orthopaedics. These complications are rare. However, surgical procedure always comes with its fair share of risks. To that end, you need to be aware of these risks right now.
Complications that “might” happen after hip replacement surgery
When it comes to complications associated with surgery. Many of them can be dealt with right away by the orthopaedist. However, there are some that linger on even after the procedure is complete. Therefore, we are going both of these kinds of surgical complications that can allow you to make the right choices when it comes to surgical matters. The complications after hip replacement surgery are as follows:
1. Deep vein thrombosis: This is a technical way of saying that blood clots have developed in the lower legs. This happens to be the most common complication post hip replacement. These clots tend to obstruct the blood flow. As a consequence of that, the blood accumulates in the muscles and it can further cause swelling and pain.
- Dealing with the complication: There are certain injections, certain special stockings and pump that are used in order to deal with this complication. Injections are meant to thin out the clotted region and the pumps and stockings are exercise kits that prevent the clotting from happening.
2. Pulmonary embolism: If there are some blood clots that re developed in the thighs, they can actually propagate through the blood vessels and direct themselves towards the lungs. This ends up causing symptoms like chest pains, shortness of breath and in extreme cases, unconsciousness.
- Dealing With the complication: There is blood thinning medication provided to thin out the clot. Furthermore, Oxygen therapy is also provided in order to restore the regularity in breathing.
3. Infections: Regardless of what type of surgical procedure you go through, you are always going to end up discovering that infection can be one of the complications. Now, the orthopaedic surgeons are always aware of that. Therefore, you are provided with a bunch of antibiotics to prevent the infection. However, for every 100 cases, there is 1 where something slips through.
- Dealing with the complication: The prosthesis around with the infection is happening has to be removed until the infection cleared. Once the infection is cleared, the prosthesis is going to be put back in that place.
4. Wear out: Over time, the plastic prosthesis (the one that is mostly provided for the Acetabulum) wears out. This can happen after 10 to 15 years have passed after the knee replacement. When that happens, inflammation can set in and new joints can actually be damaged due to this.
- Dealing with this complication: A replacement of the prosthesis is done. However, this time, the patient must opt for a sturdier prosthesis like metal on metal or ceramic or ceramic. These materials do not suffer from too much tear and can actually help you.
5. Loosening: This reason might as well be the most common cause of why the hip replacements tend to fail in some rare cases. It also happens after you have had the replacement for about 10 to 15 years. As a result, the hip becomes unstable and the pain becomes a lot more pronounced.
- Dealing with this complication: In order to deal with this complication, orthopedics measures are taken. These procedures entail revision of the implant through surgical measures.
6. Bleeding and haematoma: Surgeries causes wounds and they are always closed. However, issues happen when some of them open back up. As a result, the blood might be collected in that very wound. While this stops within a few days of the procedure, there are instances where this leakage tends to linger. In this case, you are going to feel a bit of pain combined with swelling.
- Dealing with this complication: There are two ways to deal with this complication. Once is the surgical way where the blood collection is removed and the other one entails the usage of drugs in order to prevent the risk of haematoma.
These are the complications associated with the hip replacement that you need to be aware of. However, when you consider the ways that are provided to deal with these complications, hip replacement surgery in India doesn’t look bad at all.
One more thing to consider here is that the orthopedics that is performed under the watchful eye of Dr Ramneek Mahajan. To that end, you should worry even a bit about the complications, for there won’t be any.