While uncommon, complications can occur during and after surgery. Some complications include, but are not limited to, infection, blood clots, implant breakage, malalignment, dislocation, and premature wear, any of which can require additional surgery. Although implant surgery is extremely successful in most cases, some patients still experience pain and stiffness. No implant will last forever, and factors such as the patient’s post-surgery activities and weight can affect longevity. Be sure to discuss these and other risks with your surgeon.
There are many things that surgeons may do to minimize the potential for complications. Surgeons may recommend preoperative testing to ensure proper health before surgery. Some patients may also need to have their dental work up to date and may be shown how to prepare their home to avoid falls.