Hip Replacement Complications In Elderly

Hip Replacement ComplicationsHip replacement complications are more common in the elderly because they often have numerous chronic conditions and health problems. There are several reasons why a person might need a hip replacement. One of the most obvious is a broken hip which requires immediate replacement. The second reason is the wearing down of cartilage which leaves bones rubbing directly against one another. This is very painful. Hip resurfacing as part of hip replacement creates new surfaces where the bones rub together, eliminating the pain. In conventional hip replacement surgery, a large incision was made at the side of the hip. The muscles were then detached from the bone and the hip joint replaced. One of the hip replacement complications of this surgery is an extended hospital stay and recovery period. Patients have to restrict movement of the hip joint for weeks while the muscles and tendons recover from the trauma of surgery. Anterior hip replacement is a newer procedure in which a smaller incision is made in the front of the hip. The surgeon works in between the muscles but does not detach them from the bone. This procedure is less invasive and can result in fewer hip replacement complications. Of course the normal risks of any surgery are greater in the elderly. Hip replacement complications include infection, poor healing, and reactions to anesthesia. Things like the Zimmer hip replacement recall remind us that artificial joints may turn out to be defective and need to be replaced a second time.

Torn hip labrum surgery is not the same as hip replacement. The labrum is the outer ring of the hip socket that holds the ball joint in place. It is possible for the labrum to tear. When that happens, the surgeon performs arthroscopic surgery to remove any loose pieces and make repairs.