Hip replacement devices are meant to improve your quality of life, not make it worse. For many, hip replacement surgery does not end well. Not long after going through recovery patients notice issued with their replacement device. Here are the common signs that show possible hip replacement device failure in Tennessee.
The most common signs that your hip replacement is failing include the following:
- A feeling that the hip joint has become dislocated
- Pain when moving or walking
- Lumps near the hip where the device is installed
- Swelling in the groin area or on the hip
- Popping or squeaking noises when walking
You can also determine if your hip replacement is failing by having a blood test performed. A doctor will test your blood for abnormal levels of cobalt or chromium in your bloodstream. If there are elevated levels of these, it’s possible that the replacement hip is wearing down. You could suffer from blurry vision, organ damage and dizziness if these elevated levels are found.
Other tests that doctors can perform to determine if your hip replacement is failing include an MRI, an ultrasound and a physical assessment. Even if you have not experienced any pain or symptoms, you should be evaluated regularly if you have received a hip replacement. Regular evaluation will help discover any issues that could be present.
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