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Dislocation Following Total Hip Arthroplasty

An Overview of Contributing Factors

Cunningham, Robert, PA-S, DPT1; Beck, David, MPAS, PA-C1; Peterson, Chad, MPAS, PA-C, AWLS-C2

JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants: January-March 2017 - Volume 5 - Issue 1 - p e8
doi: 10.2106/JBJS.JOPA.16.00032
Review Article

Dislocation is one of the major postoperative complications following total hip arthroplasty (THA), with a prevalence of up to 7% in patients who have undergone primary THA. Dislocation has been shown to be associated with increased mortality rates and increased costs of care; therefore, minimizing the risk of dislocation is crucial in order to provide the best possible outcome for patients. There are numerous factors that have been associated with dislocation following THA. This article provides an overview of those factors to guide providers to minimize the risk of dislocation as a postoperative complication.

1University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Copyright © 2017 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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