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Are there people who should not have a hip replacement?


Hip replacements are done for a variety of reasons but, unfortunately, not everyone who needs one can have one. Total hip replacement surgery is major surgery that requires going under general anesthetic and going through a recovery process. People with certain medical conditions may not be considered good candidates for going under anesthetic and others may be considered too high a risk for complications to have surgery. Finally, if working through the recovery process may be too difficult for a patient, his or her surgeon may decide against doing the surgery. M. Pospischill, MD, et al. Minimally Invasive Compared with Traditional Transgluteal Approach for Total Hip Arthroplasty. In The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. February 2010.  Vol. 92-A. No. 2. Pp. 328 to 337.

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