Hip Resurfacing Complications
As with any major surgical procedure, post-operative complications
can occur following hip resurfacing surgery. Below is a list of some
of the more common complications that can occur after hip resurfacing
surgery. This list is not meant to be all-inclusive.
This condition, which includes two interrelated conditions—deep vein thrombosis
and pulmonary embolism—occurs when blood clots are formed in the large
veins of the legs. In some cases, these clots can become dislodged from the veins,
travel through the circulatory system, and become stuck in the critical arteries
of the lungs. This scenario, called a pulmonary embolism, is a serious medical
The following steps may be taken by you and your physician to avoid
or prevent thrombosis:
medication (anticoagulants, aspirin)
stockings (TED hose)
elevation to prevent swelling
and ankle exercises to optimize blood flow.
devices placed on the feet to improve circulation.
IMPORTANT: If you develop
swelling, redness, pain and/or tenderness in the calf muscle, report
these symptoms immediately to your physician.
Infections occur in a small percentage of patients undergoing hip
resurfacing surgery. Unfortunately, infections can occur even when every
effort is made to prevent them.
The following steps may help to minimize the
risk of post-operative infections:
monitor the incision and immediately report signs of redness, swelling,
tenderness, drainage, foul odor, increasing pain or persistent fever.
Always wash your hands before and after handling your incision site,
especially when the sutures are still in place.
A possible side effect of surgery is the development of pneumonia.
following steps may help minimize this risk:
breathing exercises: A simple analogy to illustrate proper deep breathing
is to: “smell the roses...and blow out the candles.” In other
words, inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, and exhale slowly
through your mouth at a slow and controlled rate. A simple rule of thumb
may be to perform these deep breathing exercises 8-10 times every waking
2. Coughing: This
activity helps to loosen the secretions in your lungs and excrete them
from your pulmonary system.
spirometer: This simple device provides visual feedback while
performing deep breathing exercises. Your nurse or respiratory therapist
will demonstrate the proper technique.