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What complications could I suffer if I need hip replacement surgery after a slip and fall accident?

If you fractured your hip in a slip and fall accident, you may need surgery to repair the damage. You are facing major surgery and Hip X-ray With A Highlighted Hip Replacementa lengthy rehabilitation. Unfortunately, even with surgery, you could find your long-term independence reduced or you may be unable to continue to live on your own. You also have an increased risk of weakened bones and falling in the future—which could result in another hip fracture. Additionally, you could suffer serious complications from your hip replacement surgery.

Six Complications You Could Experience After Hip Replacement Surgery

Like any major surgery, hip replacement surgery comes with risks of further problems. Possible complications you could suffer include:

  • Blood clots. Because of the changes in the way blood flows and clots after surgery, you could develop blood clots in the deep veins your legs, causing pain and swelling.

  • Pulmonary embolism. If a blood clot travels into your lungs, you could experience sudden breathlessness, chest pain, or a collapsed lung—a potentially life-threatening condition.

  • Dislocation. Your hip replacement could dislocate—in some cases multiple times. If this occurs, you would need additional surgery to put it back in place or to install a brace to stabilize the hip replacement.

  • Infection. If your hip joint becomes infected, you could need antibiotics to treat the infection. Often the new hip joint must be removed and a new one implanted two to four months after the original surgery.

  • Wear. Plastic hip replacement parts can wear over time, resulting in the area becoming inflamed and eating away the bone around the inflammation.

  • Loosening. Your artificial hip could loosen—often years after your original surgery, causing you pain and instability in your hip. Surgery is usually required to repair this problem.

If your hip was fractured in a slip and fall accident, we’re here to help you get the compensation you could be entitled to. Call us at 866-299-0558 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.