As with any operation, complications are possible but unlikely, these can include:
- Blood clots - follow instructions carefully to minimise the risk
- Infection - the most common form of infection following hip replacement surgery are from bacteria entering the bloodstream during dental procedures, urinary tract infections, or skin infections. These bacteria can lodge around your prosthesis. Always inform medical practitioners, dentists, etc of your prosthesis.
- Falls - take care and initially use crutches for stability
To ensure you recover properly from your surgery and do not dislodge your prosthesis,
- Do NOT cross your legs
- Do NOT bend your hips more than a 90 degree angle
- Do NOT turn your feet excessively inward or outward
- Sleep with a pillow between your legs at night until advised by your doctor that you no longer need it
Your orthopaedic surgeon and physical therapist will provide you with more comprehensive instructions after your surgery and prior to your discharge from the hospital.