Hip replacements have been highly successful for more than 30 years. Millions of people who have suffered from hip pain and arthritis have experienced relief through total hip replacement and restored mobility. Globally, hundreds of thousands of hip replacement procedures are performed each year. And because medicine is always developing new materials and procedures, the results continue to get better. The complication rate following total hip replacement is low. Serious complications, such as hip-joint infection, occur in approximately 1.0% of patients.1 Major medical complications, such as heart attack or stroke, occur even less frequently. (Of course, chronic illnesses may increase the potential for complications.)
Every surgical procedure has risks and benefits. Your individual results will depend on your personal circumstances, and recovery takes time. How long your hip replacement will last depends on many different factors, and everyone is unique. Only your doctor can discuss this aspect of surgery with you.
Each of the following reactions or complications can occur during and after surgery and may require medical attention (such as further surgery) and implant removal: