Closed Reduction for Artificial Hip Dislocation

The dislocation of an artificial hip is when the ball of the hip has slipped out of its socket. Many of these dislocations can be treated by simply putting the ball back in the socket (closed reduction). This can often be done with a set of mechanical parts that move bones (traction) and moving the leg around (manipulation). When the artificial hip is put back into place with manipulation, a brace or cast may be needed. Your caregiver will decide if a brace or cast is necessary. Your caregiver will decide the amount of time required for this. A brace or cast will help you heal completely so the hip will be less likely to dislocate again.

ExitCare ImageWhen the hip cannot be relocated with manipulation, surgery may be needed.

LET YOUR CAREGIVER KNOW ABOUT:

  • Allergies to food or medicine.

  • Medicines taken, including vitamins, herbs, eyedrops, over-the-counter medicines, and creams.

  • Use of steroids (by mouth or creams).

  • Previous problems with anesthetics or numbing medicines.

  • History of bleeding problems or blood clots.

  • Previous surgery.

  • Other health problems, including diabetes and kidney problems.

  • Possibility of pregnancy, if this applies.

BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

Before your hip is put back in place, an intravenous (IV) access may be started. You may be given an anesthetic in your back to make you numb from the waist down (spinal anesthetic).

AFTER THE PROCEDURE

You will be taken to the recovery area. A nurse will monitor your progress. You will be returned to your room when you are awake and without problems. You will receive physical therapy until you are moving around by yourself and your caregiver feels it is safe for you to be released.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.