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Total Hip Replacement:

1- How active can you be after the operation?
The answer to this lies within you. The more active you were before the hip got painful, the more active you are likely to be after. A positive outlook really helps. Your hip will be pain-free with a much better ranger of movement. Your muscles may be weak so physiotherapy may help.

2- When can I drive?
It is inadvisable to drive for 6 weeks after a joint replacement. Check with your insurance company.

3- How long will my new hip last?
Published survival figures for the Exeter Hip Replacement suggest that at 12-15 years, 95% will still be functioning correctly.

4- What are the risks?
The risks of surgery are low. The most common complications are minor; superficial infection, dislocation, leg length inequality, blood clot (DVT), urinary or chest infection. These may prolong your stay in hospital by a few days. They will occur in 2-4% of cases. You will be given medication to prevent infection and DVT and trained by the physiotherapists to avoid anything that might cause dislocation in the early post-surgical phase. There are more serious risks such as stroke, heart attack and pulmonary embolus (lung blood clot). The risk here is very small, less than half of one percent (0.2-0.4%), but no major operation is risk free. Your decision whether or not to have your operation is a question of risk versus benefit.

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