There has been a rapid increase in the number of hip resurfacing procedures for the treatment of symptomatic osteoarthritis over the last decade. We examine our early complications associated with this procedure. Eight hundred forty consecutive hip resurfacing procedures by 1 surgeon using 1 prosthesis were assessed. The complications seen within the first 12-month postoperative period were analyzed. Specific patient selection criteria were used. Complications such as loosening, femoral neck notching, femoral neck fracture, deep vein thrombosis, stress fracture, nerve palsy, and infection were noted. Complications linked with loosening were categorized to either the femoral or acetabular component. A total of 86 early complications were observed in the 840 resurfacings. Twenty-three (2.7%) required operative intervention, and 10 (1.2%) were converted to stemmed hip arthroplasties. Of these 86 complications, the most common complication was deep vein thrombosis, 19 instances (2.26% occurrence in 840), followed by femoral neck fracture, 11 (1.31%); infection, 10 (1.19%); femoral notching, 10 (1.19%); transient nerve palsy, 8 (0.95%); acetabular loosening, 6 (0.71%); hematoma, 5 (0.60%); and stress fracture, 4 (0.48%). The fractures occurred mostly in patients older than 60 years.
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