Dr. O'Connor explains the complications associated with hip replacement surgery.
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After hip replacement surgery, there’s some small risk that you could have a problem. And so it’s really important that the patient’s family know what those things are so if it happens, then get right back in to see me. And so what we educate patients about is if you have a fever or you’re starting to have concerns about your wound whether it’s red or there’s drainage, then we’d be worried about an infection. So, that would be something that we would want the patient to give us a call, come on right back in, I need to take a look at you. We worry about blood clots so most patients are given a blood thinner after surgery even after they leave the hospital for a period of time to decrease the risk of getting a blood clot. There’s also a very small risk of the hip popping out of the socket. That is called a dislocation. And we educate the patient particularly the physical therapist does on what’s a safe position to put your hip then, what’s a not safe position to minimize that risk of a dislocation.