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I've been told that people in good health have a better chance of coming out of surgery without problems. I'm planning to have a total hip replacement. I think I'm in pretty good shape. What kinds of health problems should I be concerned about?


Tobacco use and previous history of thromboembolism (blood clots) top the list of concerns. These two combined with any of the following increase your risk of surgical complications:

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • History of heart disease or previous heart attack
  • Osteoporosis (risk for orthopedic surgery)

    Your doctor may have other risk factors in mind. Be sure and ask him or her to go over your particular health history. You may bring to his or her attention areas that haven't been considered before.

    On the other hand, if you have no risk factors, your surgeon may be able to calm your fears.

    Matthew Moran, MRCSEd, et al. Does Body Mass Index Affect the Early Outcome of Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty? In The Journal of Arthroplasty. October 2005. Vol. 20. No. 7. Pp. 866-869.

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