It is conventional for all THRs to have check X-rays a day or so after
surgery. Does anyone know why? In my experience of 25 years in
orthopaedics the check X-ray has only made the slightest bit of difference
in the routine postop progranmme in a handful of cases. This has been when
the surgeon already knew that there was something awry already.
Why can't this be done at the six-week review when proper standing films
will give a much better indication of leg lengths, cement quality, etc
etc? Any views anyone?