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Re: Pegnancy after hip replacement
Wed Feb 21, 2007 4:27am

Pregnancy and childbirth can occur successfully in patients who have a total hip replacement, according to two recent studies.

Pregnancy and childbirth not detrimental after total hip replacement, need for future revision not significantly affected

A 2003 AAOS press release reports on a retrospective review of the Rochester, Minn. Mayo Clinic total joint registry conducted to identify all female patients between the ages of 18 and 45 who had undergone a primary total hip arthroplasty between 1975 and 1995. “The qualifying group was comprised of 343 females with the mean age of 35 years. Out of that group, 627 pregnancies occurred in 228 patients. The study found that vaginal delivery is possible in the majority of patients with a total hip arthroplasty. A small number of women experience increased hip pain during pregnancy and an even smaller number of those women's pain continues after delivery. Once patient age at the time of arthroplasty is factored in, association between pregnancy/childbirth and revision rates is not statistically significant.”

Pregnancy after total hip arthroplasty

In this study with a very small sample, five women completed a total of six successful pregnancies. “Three children were delivered vaginally and three, by cesarean section. There were no complications related to the total hip arthroplasty after delivery. The overall result, function, and radiographic appearance after the total hip arthroplasty was not adversely affected by pregnancy in this small group of patients. It appears that successful pregnancy and normal vaginal delivery can occur safely after total hip arthroplasty.”

Dr. Swanson has an extensive program in place for patients who travel to receive a mini-incision hip replacement. Patients generally stay in Las Vegas for 7-10 days post-op and then return home. Dr. Swanson has a young patient who traveled from Alaska to take advantage of Dr. Swanson's expertise with young patients. After her hip replacement she went on to have two lovely, healthy children without any complications during pregnancy or delivery. You can read her story at
If you would like to speak to Kathy personally about her experience with pregnancy after hip replacement, you can write to her at .

Best Wishes,

  • Pegnancy after hip replacementKim, Mon Feb 19 12:06am
    I am actually crying out of relif and happieness since I finally found something about pregnancy after hip replacement. I am a 25 year old woman facing the surgery. I was told that the youngest... more
    • hip replacementMegan, Mon Aug 13 3:59pm
      I'm 22 years old, I live in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. All throughout highschool I ran track and crosscountry, and I swam on the swimteam from the age of 7 until I was too old (about 18) I then... more
    • pregnancy after hip replacementLiz, Fri Apr 13 5:00pm
      Hi Kim, I am 29 years old. I had a "slipped hip" at age 11 and had a routine operation to pin it back in place. Unfortunately I got an infection which resulted in 4 more operations and eventually a... more
      • Re: pregnancy after hip replacementPauline, Sun Apr 15 8:34am
        Thank you for sharing your wonderful story of successful pregnancy after hip replacement. Younger patients are having total hip arthroplasty now, and a woman who has had such a procedure may want to... more
    • pregnancy after hip replacementAnita, Mon Apr 2 1:12pm
      Almost 2 months ago, I gave birth to my second child. This one was after a total hip replacement of my right hip. Everything went well, although the further along I got in my pregnancy, I did feel... more
      • AVNAnonymous, Wed Aug 4 4:53am
        Hi Anita Thanx a lot fo sharing this.I m 35 suffering from bilateral necrosis of hip joint. Got married 5 months back had one miscarriage.Unable to decide whether to go in for child or THR first???
        • Hip Replacement before PregnancyPauline, Thu Aug 5 4:45pm
          I highly recommend having hip replacement prior to pregnancy. I developed AVN during my pregnancy and experienced having a very young child with intense hip pain. My debilitating hip pain negatively... more
          • ThanxAnonymous, Sat Aug 7 1:48am
            Thanx a lot Pauline...Just wanna ask do u know after replacement after how much time i can satrt family...Thanx..
            • Re: ThanxDr. Swanson, Mon Aug 23 11:35am
              I don’t think there is any hard and fast rule, but if someone got pregnant even right after the surgery, there would really be no risk because the only risk of infection would occur at childbirth 9... more
      • Re: pregnancy after hip replacementAnonymous, Tue Jul 14 2:29pm
        Hi, What type of hip implant do you have?
      • Re: pregnancy after hip replacementPauline, Tue Apr 3 6:39am
        Anita, Thank you for sharing your inspiring story. It is wonderful to hear your happy ending. Enjoy those babies! Best Wishes, Pauline
    • pregnancyKathy, Thu Feb 22 7:48pm
      Hi Kim, Yes, please feel free to contact me. I am busy with a 2 year old and a 7 month old (both born after my total hip with no problems), but can try to answer any questions you may have. I am so... more
    • Re: Pegnancy after hip replacement — Pauline, Wed Feb 21 4:27am
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