Hip resurfacing arthroplasty complicated by mismatched impla
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Metal-on-metal hip resurfacing has gained popularity as a feasible treatment option for young and active patients with hip osteoarthritis and high functional expectations. This procedure should only be performed by surgeons who have trained specifically in this technique. Preoperative planning is essential for hip resurfacing in order to execute a successful operation and preview any technical problems. The authors present a case of a man who underwent a resurfacing arthroplasty for osteoarthritis of the left hip that was complicated by mismatched implant components that were revised three days afterward for severe pain and leg length discrepancy. Such mistakes, although rare, can be prevented by educating operating room staff in the size and color code tables provided by the companies on their prostheses or implant boxes.

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