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Reasons to Undergo a Hip Replacement & Risks Involved

Posted on in Defective Medical Devices

Having a hip replaced is one of the most risky and complicated surgeries a person can undergo. It is also one of the most common bone replacements that are undergone in the United States. According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), there are several reasons why a person would undergo a hip replacement surgery.

Goals of such surgery include:

  • Increasing of mobility in patients who feel as if their mobility has been limited by a diseased hip;
  • Improving the range of movement or function of the hip joint; and
  • Reducing pain in patients who suffer from a diseased hip.

The NIAMS reports approximately 332,000 total hip replacements are performed annually in the U.S. However, doctors will most likely not consider a hip replacement unless the patient has tried other less-invasive methods of rehabilitation. These methods can include exercise, walking aids and medication. NIAMS notes, “Walking aids such as canes and walkers may alleviate some of the stress from painful, damaged hips and help you to avoid or delay surgery.”

Knowing what to expect during and after surgery can help with the healing process, and may even move it along. Having a predetermined “recovery station” at home before you go in for surgery is one such piece of advice that the NIAMS recommends, as well as stocking up “on kitchen supplies” and food in advance, “such as frozen casseroles or soups that can be reheated and served easily.” However, even if you understand all the risks and go through all the appropriate preparations for your hip replacement, there are unforeseen risks that can accompany the surgery. Some of the most severe risks include manufacturer defects of the actual hip replacement.

If you are experiencing serious side effects due to a hip replacement device, you should speak with a compassionate Arlington Heights defective medical device attorney immediately. Call the law offices of Newland & Newland, LLP today at 847-797-8000.

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