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Re: pregnancy after hip replacement
Sun Apr 15, 2007 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 become pregnant. Your story is another demonstration that this is indeed possible without adverse effects.

A recent study done on childbearing after total hip replacement showed no ill effect in the five women in the study who completed a total of six successful pregnancies. One patient, with a bilateral total hip arthroplasty, had two successful pregnancies, 2.5 years apart. Three children were delivered vaginally (with the mother in the lithotomy position) and three, by cesarean section. There were no complications related to the total hip arthroplasty after delivery.

It appears that successful pregnancy and normal vaginal delivery can occur safely after total hip arthroplasty. The overall result, function, and radiographic appearance after the total hip arthroplasty was not adversely affected by pregnancy in this small group of patients.

McDowell CM, Lachiewicz PF. Pregnancy after total hip arthroplasty. J Bone
Joint Surg-Am 2001; 83-A: 1490-1494.

You may enjoy reading the story of Dr. Swanson’s patient, Kathy. She received a mini-incision hip replacement from Dr. Swanson at 32-years old and has since had two babies with no complications.

Best Wishes,

  • pregnancy after hip replacementLiz, Fri Apr 13 5:00pm
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