Do you understand what lateral hip replacement surgery involves? Before you commit to it, you should. Lateral hip surgery involves cutting through a tendon at the side of your hip to get to your hip joint, unlike anterior hip replacement. When this tendon is damaged, the chance of dislocating your hip during the recovery process jumps from 0.1% to 4%-- that's forty times as likely! While some orthopedic surgeons choose to reduce this risk by lengthening the patient's leg slightly, that doesn't necessarily get rid of the discomfort. Patients can detect a leg length difference in their gait even when the difference is as small as half a centimeter.
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