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In this text, we will talkabout complications that can arise after the procedure called hipresurfacing surgery. During this operation the cartilage is removed then metalsocket is put on the pelvis and a metal cap is put on the ball.


It is very difficult to talkabout the complications of this surgery since it has not been usedfor a very long time. Long term complications are something we cannot discussat the moment.

This procedure is in use not more than ten years, which makes itvery young and thus, we can only talk about complications that have happenedduring this period. Some of those that we are aware of at the moment arefractures metal ions wearing out and loosening.

Many professionals are givingthis operation a very critical attitude since fractures can happen. Thisfracture is mostly evident on the hip supporting bone. The number of fracturesis the most important part of this attitude since every fifth patient suffersfrom a fracture. There are patients which can more easily suffer a fracture andsuch patients are obese the ones whose bone quality is low and women. Alsopatients can suffer from this fracture if they have done this procedure severaltimes.

Other problems that can happen are loosening and wearing off of theimplants, but these problems can happen after some time. When we talk about themetal ions, they are not really meticulously examined, and their effect onhumans has not been determined yet. We do not know if their use canproduce some problems in the future. We cannot know what can happen to thosemetal ions in human body after 20 or 30 years. Some professionals fear thatthey can cause carcinogenic effect and hypersensitivity reactions but as wehave mentioned they are not fully examined, so we cannot verify this.


When we talk about the recovery,it can be described as extremely similar to the one after hip replacementprocedure. It is important not to lift heavy objects. Also in the first yearafter the surgery, activities must be reduced. So do not lift, jump and runduring the first year, because the problem may return, and the procedure isfruitless in that case. We do not know if another surgery will be required inthe future. Procedure will have to be repeated if the implant has worn off butthe surgery performed for this is a bit less complicated.

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