J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 Nov; 6(11): e22.00234.

Technical Considerations and Avoiding Complications in Total Hip Arthroplasty

John W. Krumme, MD, Sean Bonanni, MD, Nirav K. Patel, MD, FRCS, and Gregory J. Golladay, MD

Total hip arthroplasty (THA) is considered to be the surgical procedure of the 20th century. Current projections show that by 2030, primary THA is expected to grow by 171%, with revision THA expected to increase by 142% in the same time frame. Although complications are not common, when they occur, they can cause notable morbidity to the patient. Understanding the unique anatomy and needs of each patient will prepare the surgeon to avoid soft-tissue or bony injury, optimize prosthesis placement, and decrease the risk of infection. This article aims to highlight common causes of early revision THA and provide specific technical strategies to avoid these complications. Following a systematic approach to the primary THA and using these techniques will assist the surgeon in avoiding complications to revision hip arthroplasty.

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