Hip Resurfacing and Total Hip Replacement at Hips for YouPosted on by pwalter
Dr. Su Femur fracture
Because the bone of the femur is retained, it is possible to fracture it after surface replacement. Most of the fractures occur early in the post-operative period if too much weight is put on the leg too early. The body needs time to adapt to the new prosthesis. Post-operatively, crutches are used for 3-4 weeks to protect the amount of weight put on the leg. With current techniques and rehabilitation protocol, the risk of fracture is less than 2%.
Dr. De Smet What is the worst complication that you are aware of with resurfacing?
Fracture of the neck of femur. When it occurs, you get a stem with a big modular head. I have only one patient with this, but afterwards he is now, one of my happiest patients. In most of the series, all over the world, fractured neck of femur has an incidence of