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What are the possible disadvantages of a hip replacement?

It's important to remember that an artificial hip isn't as good as a natural hip. It has some limitations; for example, extreme positions such as squatting aren't recommended because of the risk of dislocation.

About 1 in 10 people have some pain around the hip that won't go away after the operation. It's not always possible to explain the cause of this. However, most people who have hip replacements don't have continuing pain.

After the operation you may find that one leg is slightly longer than the other, but this can be corrected with a shoe insert (insole).

There are some risks associated in having major surgery, and you should discuss these with your surgeon before you decide to have a hip replacement.

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