Complications after a total hip replacement are very rare. With the further fine-tuning of the operating technique and the further standardisation of the procedure, the chance of problems afterwards is certainly considerably reduced.
A few discomforts may arise after surgery. Some of the body's reactions are normal, and will go away on their own. Measures must be taken in case of other reactions.
The pain after the operation is difficult to predict and varies individually. The nurse will monitor your pain closely. During the first few hours, you will receive pain medication through the infusion. Once the infusion has been removed, a switch is made to tablets. Severe muscle pain often occurs in the thigh muscles during the first days after surgery (especially in men). This is probably related to the accumulation of lactic acid in the muscles, and is transient. You should therefore ensure that you follow the medication schedule very carefully during the first few days.
To prevent thrombosis or phlebitis, you must exercise well and take aspirin for 30 days, unless you were already taken other blood thinners before the operation.
Swelling of the operated leg
It is normal for the operated leg to swell a little. This swelling will disappear after a few weeks. There may sometimes also be an internal bruise that will discolour your leg in various places. We treat this with ice. The bruising often moves downwards and will disappear after a few weeks.
You may develop an increase in temperature in the first few days after surgery. We treat a higher fever with medication. If you also have a high fever while at home, you should contact the hospital.
Prof. Dr. Corten is working to further optimise the procedure of the total hip prosthesis. To this end, he has developed a number of instruments for the OR that ensure that many aspects of the procedure can always be carried out in the same efficient manner, so that the result obtained meets higher quality standards on average. The hip procedures in the ZOL were evaluated and compared with the benchmark database of thousands of patients treated in 8 hospitals. As the graph shows, the complications were significantly lower than the benchmark.
New techniques in orthopaedic surgery have meant that the placement of an artificial hip is less drastic today than it used to be. A few hours after the operation, the physiotherapists will come to your room to do the first exercises with you.