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The "Hip" Celebrity Zsa Zsa Gabor Raises Concerns About Hip Replacement Surgery and Resulting Complications

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Glamorous celebrity, Zsa Zsa Gabor, 93, made headlines recently, not to highlight another marriage, but to inform the public about her recent hip replacement surgery and the complications she is suffering as a result.

Earlier this summer, Gabor fell from her bed in her home in California and sustained a broken hip from that incident. She underwent emergency surgery to repair the broken hip. After being hospitalized for almost a month, the famous actress returned to her Bel-Air home to convalesce. However, shortly after her return home, she was rushed once again to the hospital to undergo another emergency operation to remove a blood clot, a complication related to her recent hip surgery.

Instead of opting to undergo the knife once again on her hip, Gabor and her eighth husband, Prince Frederic Von Anhalt, decided to just let Gabor return home and allow her to rest comfortably there. Doctors indicated that had Gabor agreed to additional surgery on her hip, her recovery chances were 50-50.

This begs the obvious question: What exactly are the possible complications stemming from hip replacement surgery? As we all know, even the smallest of surgeries carries with it some degree of risk for subsequent complications. Hip replacement surgery is no exception, but, fortunately, this type of procedure is very successful and resulting complications are rare, considering how complex the actual surgery truly is.

According to the website for The Hip and Knee Institute in Los Angeles County (www.hipsandkness.com), most complications (from hip replacement surgery) are temporary setbacks. One can have about a 98 percent chance of going through the operation without some significant complication which causes an ongoing problem. The most common complication is one of blood clots in the legs, as evidenced by the news story of Gabor. The most important long-term complication is loosening and wear.

The article on the website indicates that as long as the blood clots remain in the legs, they do not represent a major problem. On occasion, they can dislodge and travel to the lungs, creating a pulmonary embolism.

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