Conclusions

For almost 40 years, hip replacement surgery has been widely used and successful. It has brought about immediate substantial improvement to patients by reducing pain and improving the function and over-all health-related quality of life. Of the 600,000 total hip replacements performed each year throughout the world, approximately 90% will last 10 years or more. Revision surgery may be able to keep people on their feet for even longer. Over the past 20 years, complications have significantly declined due to the use of antibiotics and anticoagulants during and after surgery. Mechanical loosening has decreased due to improvements in prosthesis design and materials, prosthesis implantation, and other aspects of surgical technique.

Although the benefits of successful hip surgery are great, you as the patient have a duty to care for your new artificial hip by avoiding movements that will stress or damage its components. It is particularly important to avoid prohibited positions of the leg and to treat infections that cannot be avoided. If this care is taken, your efforts should be rewarded for years to come.

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