Single-Stage Bilateral Total Hip Arthroplasty

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The number of single-stage bilateral total hip arthroplasties done each year is increasing. The risk of postoperative complications in medically stable patients is acceptable; complications are approximately 1.3 times more frequent than with unilateral total hip arthroplasty. Although there are no absolute indications for a single-stage bilateral total hip arthroplasty, the procedure is usually contraindicated in patients with such comorbidities as heart disease, pulmonary insufficiency, or diabetes, and it is absolutely contraindicated in patients with a documented patent ductus arteriosus or septal defect. The primary postoperative concern is that the cardiopulmonary insult associated with two surgical wounds and surgeries can lead to an increase in thromboembolic events. The cost for single-stage bilateral total arthroplasty is less than that for a two-stage bilateral total hip arthroplasty, with savings predominantly due to reduced length of acute hospital stay. However, the decision to undergo single-stage bilateral total hip arthroplasty is one that must be made in concert with the patient.

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