Bilateral Hip Replacement
Understanding Bilateral Hip Replacement
Having both sides replaced on the same day is called “bilateral” replacement surgery. In many patients, both hips are equally or nearly equally affected with arthritic or other degenerative conditions. When determining whether a patient is a candidate for bilateral hip replacement, we look at each joint individually. If you are determined to be a candidate for replacement of both hips, then bilateral replacement is a viable option.
Having both hips replaced on the same day is a good option for those who do not want to undergo the surgery and postoperative rehabilitation twice. There is also evidence to suggest that the cumulative risks associated with bilateral hip replacements is less than the cumulative risks associated with having two surgeries on two different days.
Bilateral Hip Replacement Advantages:
- One rehabilitation period
- One anesthesia
- Potentially less cumulative risk
- Potential participation in the Acute Rehabilitation Unit
Bilateral Hip Replacement Disadvantages:
- Increased potential for the need of blood products postoperatively
- Potentially more difficult rehabilitation in the first few weeks
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