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Revision Surgery Complications

| Oct 28, 2010

As a North Charleston personal injury attorney , I see many patients undergo hip implant revision surgery without knowing the complications. There are a range of complications from revision surgery that patients should know about to ensure their recovery has the best chance.

Here are some of the potential risks:

  • Infection: Hip revision surgeries are lengthy procedures, exposing the body to potential infectious agents for longer periods.
  • Bleeding: Excessive blood loss is problematic since a larger incision is required to remove the first implant.
  • Nerve or blood vessel trauma: Scar tissue from the first surgery relocates nerves and blood vessels, making it easier to cut, bruise, or impinge either or both.
  • Poor positioning or loose fixation: Second implants have a less-secure base of attachment with a greater chance of shifting, loosening, or breaking adjacent bone.
  • Deep venous thrombosis: Patients are more sedentary through a longer recovery thus increasing the chances of deep venous thrombosis.
  • Blood clots: Trauma to the blood vessels can occur when the hip muscles are moved aside to extract the first implant. Blood clots in the heart and lungs are a dangerous complication, and stroke is also possible.
  • Dislocation: This is especially common after a second surgery, a fact that lengthens the recovery period and slows physical therapy.

If you have a DePuy ASR XL hip replacement you might want to consider speaking with a South Carolina DePuy hip recall lawyer to find out what the next steps you should take are.

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