Why it happens
Over time, a prosthetic device may shift out of place, wear down, or separate from the bone—called loosening. The risk can be highest in the first few months of recovery, while the tissue is still healing.
How to spot it
If you notice any of the following, call your doctor.
Instability in the joint
Pain radiating outward
Sudden limitations in range of motion
Avoid extreme movement during your initial recovery phase and, as much as possible, for the next few months. Follow your doctor’s recommendations for physical therapy closely, and take precautions to avoid falls and other injuries.