Question:My doctor went over the possible problems that can occur with a total hip replacement. I wasn't really listening very closely. Now that I'm almost ready to have the surgery done, I'm ready to hear it again. My doctor is going to use the new method with only two tiny incisions. What can go wrong?
You are probably referring to the minimally invasive method of hip joint replacement. The doctor uses special tools and updated X-ray technology to guide the operation with just a small opening.
Surgery of any kind always runs a broad range of risks from minor infection to death. Infection can be a minor skin problem or a deep infection of the joint. This could lead to a failed operation or a second operation. With a joint replacement, fracture, dislocation, and nerve injury are also possible.
Don't be afraid to ask your doctor to go over the list of possible problems. Find out if you have any risk factors to be concerned about.Michael J. Archibeck, MD, and Richard E. White, Jr., MD. Learning Curve for the Two-Incision Total Hip Replacement. In Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. December 2004. Vol. 429. Pp. 232-238.
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