Complex Revision Joint Replacement
Although Hip and Knee Joint Replacement surgery is very successful, there continues to be a need for Revision Joint Replacement Surgery in cases where the prosthesis has loosened, the bearing surfaces have worn, or a patient has sustained trauma with associated fracture adjacent to the hip or knee joint. These procedures can be quite involved and require experience in dealing with the complex issues that arise intraoperatively.
A “Revision” Total Joint Replacement often requires the surgeon to remove the previously implanted components. This may require extensile exposures at the time of surgery utilizing osteotomies around the hip or knee joint. All of these techniques are useful in component removal and may impact the patients postoperative rehabilitation with weight bearing precautions and range of motion limitations.
There have been significant advances in revision total hip and knee technology over the last 10 years. Joint Replacement Specialists can utilize this technology to treat complex issues related to failed hip or knee replacements much more successfully than was possible in the past.
Because Hip and Knee Joint Replacements are prosthetic joints, they can wear out with time. For this reason it is very important to see your surgeon every 1 to 2 years after replacement surgery for examination and radiographs.