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Revision Hip Replacement

Studies demonstrate that the majority of hip replacement implants last 20 years or longer.  However, over time these implants can begin to wear out and if a patient is experiencing pain or mobility difficulties revision surgery may be necessary to restore function.  Because more and more people are choosing to undergo hip replacement at a younger age to maintain their physical activity, the number of hip revision surgeries is increasing due to the replacement wear and tear.

The hip replacement may wear out for a number of reasons.  One of the more common causes is a loosing of the implant within the bone that can be painful.  Infection, dislocation, or fractures of the bone around the replacement can also lead to failure.  Careful assessment by a surgeon to identify the condition of the primary hip replacement is necessary before determining the best course of treatment.

Revision hip replacement surgery is more complex than a primary hip replacement.   In this procedure, the components of the primary replacement must be removed and new components secured into the bone using a longer stem for more stability.  Following surgery, rehabilitation therapy is necessary to strengthen the muscles and allow the patient to resume normal gait and function.

For many patients with a failed or worn primary hip replacement, revision surgery improves mobility, strength, coordination and allows for a return to more pain-free activity.

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