I'm very worried because I dislocated my hip two months after a total hip replacement. What are my chances this will happen again?
Recurrent dislocation depends on several things. First, was the doctor, surgeon, or emergency staff able to put the hip back in place without another operation? If yes, that's in your favor. The hip is more likely to remain stable if it was reduced without surgery.
Second, how long has it been since the dislocation? If you are still within the early postoperative period, your risk is higher than if you are several years past the total hip replacement.
Third, are you having any symptoms to suggest the joint is unstable? Does your leg give out from underneath you? Is there any pain? Any clicking or popping of the joint? If the answer is 'no' to all these questions, then your risk of another dislocation is less.
Make sure you talk with your surgeon about these concerns. The knowledge an exam and an X-ray can give goes a long way in reducing your fears.
Jeffrey S. Feinblatt, MD, et al. Severe Symptomatic Heterotopic Ossification and Dislocation: A Complication After Two-Incision Minimally Invasive Total Hip Arthroplasty. In The Journal of Arthroplasty. September 2005. Vol. 20. No. 6. Pp. 802-806.
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