leg length discrepancies

leg length discrepancies

In recent years many more individuals have benefitted from life changing joint replacement surgery. Generally, either a knee or hip joint that has been damaged via degenerative osteoarthritis or less commonly infection or trauma is replaced using modern innovative surgical techniques and specialised joint prostheses.

Complications with joint replacement procedures can include blood clots, infection, loosening and or dislocation of the joint. A lesser known long term complication is the development of a Leg Length Discrepancy. This occurs when one leg remains either shorter or longer following surgery which becomes apparent in posture when standing. Your surgeon will make every effort to maintain the leg length that you had before surgery, but there is no guarantee due to the intricate positioning of the joint prosthetic.


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