What complications could I suffer after my total hip replacement surgery?

You recently tripped and fell on a cracked floor at a department store. The pain in your hip area was so excruciating, you were unable to stand. Then the ER doctor told you that you had fractured your hip and would need a total hip replacement. Now you’re worried about what problems you could face during and after your surgery.

There are many serious complications you face before, during, and after your surgery. You could suffer a blood clot that could travel to an artery in your lungs, which could be fatal. You might have problems during the hip replacement procedure or need more than one surgery if you have fractures in multiple areas of the pelvic region.

Not only are there dangers prior to and during the surgery, but you may also confront medical problems afterwards. Common complications following surgery are:

  • Pneumonia
  • Muscle atrophy or wasting away of the muscles
  • Post-surgery infections
  • Failure of the bones to join or improper joining of the bones
  • Mental deterioration after the surgery
  • Bedsores

After surgery, you will require physical therapy while hospitalized and then at a rehabilitation center or at home. You’ll also need medication to control the pain. It could be months before you recover. You will also face a risk of permanent damage. You could experience weakness in one or both of your hips resulting in an inability to walk like you used to. And you could suffer chronic pain that won’t go away, requiring lifelong medication.

If you or a family member suffered a hip injury as a result of a slip and fall accident where you believe the store or business is at fault, we’re here to help. E-mail us for a free consultation. We offer free home and hospital consultations.

Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982