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Revision Hip Replacement

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.