Related Video: Hip Replacement
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Blood clots
- Hip dislocation—happens when the ball portion of the artificial joint comes out of its normal position in the hip
- Injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels
- Noisy or squeaky hip after surgery
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
- Chronic diseases, such as obesity
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a (Hip Arthroplasty; Total Hip Replacement; Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement; Mini-incision Hip Replacement)
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