Dislocation After Hip Replacement, Reduced

The hip is a ball-and-socket type of joint. After a hip replacement surgery, the muscles and ligaments that normally keep the hip in place are weakened. The ball of the new hip is more easily forced out of its position in the socket. This is called a dislocation. This is the most common problem after hip replacement surgery. 

Your hip joint has been put back in place. This is called a reduction. But you are at risk for another dislocation. Dislocations can damage the implant. Follow the advice below to prevent this. Leg muscle strengthening exercises may help prevent another dislocation. Your healthcare provider may suggest these once you have no pain and can walk without crutches.

If you have had a few dislocations, it may be helpful to have another surgery to reposition the implants or to insert new implants. You can talk about these options with your orthopedic surgeon.

Home care

  • Follow your healthcare provider's advice about weight bearing and using crutches or a walker.

  • Take pain medicine as directed.

  • Don't cross your legs

  • Don't bend forward from the hips more than 90°. Be careful to avoid low seats, sofas and toilets.

  • Try using crutches or a walker if your provider approves. Ask your provider when this is safe. A physical therapist may also help with your recovery.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your healthcare provider, or as advised.

Call 911

Call 911 or get immediate medical care if any of the following occur:

  • Leg becomes pale or cold

  • Numbness or weakness in the affected leg

  • Shortness of breath or chest pain

  • Dizziness, weakness, or fainting

When to seek medical advice

Contact your healthcare provider if any of these occur:

  • Increasing hip pain or deformity

  • Increasing swelling, redness, or pain of the lower leg

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