Posted by: cls | 2010/08/25

hip replacement re-done?

My Mom had a hip replacement done about 10 years ago but has been wheelchair bound ever since. Is it true that hip replacements need to be redone every 10 yrs or so due to wear and tear, so to speak, and if so, what about people in wheelchairs with very limited or no walking?

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Dear cls
The older hip-replacements tended to becom loose-fitting in the joints and then had to be redone. In many cases this is not necessary- only when there are symptoms and re-ocurrence of discomfort that suggest the replacement is not working anymore. It does not sound as if your mother has been using the hip that often so it may still be intact. If it worries you, you can always ask the orthopaedic surgeon who did thee operation on her for an opinion.

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