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hip replacement surgery patientTotal hip replacement is a surgical procedure with a high success rate, offering individuals restored mobility and freedom from pain in most cases. However, the hip replacement does not always provide permanent results. In a patient’s lifetime, the artificial joint might fail, necessitating another surgery to remove the damaged implant and replace it with a new device.

Revision hip replacements tend to be a longer and more complicated procedure than first hip surgery. There might be damage to the bone or surrounding tissue to address. The surgeons at Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio have the expertise and experience to handle your revision hip replacement, reducing your risk for complications while improving your outcome overall.

Understanding Hip Replacement

Your original hip implant likely consists of two primary components that worked like a natural hip joint. The ball component replaces the top of the femur, known as the femoral head. A long stem extends from the ball into the femur to stabilize the part. The socket component fits into the pelvic bone and allows the ball to move in various directions for full mobility of the leg.

Reasons for Revision Hip Replacement

When the artificial hip stops working as it should, revision surgery may be necessary to replace one or both components. There are numerous reasons why a hip prosthesis might fail:

  • Implant loosens, causing pain and reduced mobility
  • Recurrent dislocation of the current hip joint
  • Infection in or around the joint
  • Fracture of the implant or the bone
  • Reaction to metal ions that flake off the implant and enter the surrounding tissue

Most patients seek hip revision surgery due to pain or weakness in the joint. Upon further examination, your doctor can usually pinpoint the cause of the pain and determine whether revision surgery is the best treatment option for you.

Is Revision Hip Replacement Right for You?

Revision hip replacement is generally recommended for patients that are in relatively good health but are experiencing complications from their original surgery that are restricting their mobility or affecting their quality of life overall. The younger you are when you receive your implant, the more likely you will need a revision since hip joints tend to wear out from physical activity over time. Patients who are willing to commit to their recovery and post-operative rehabilitation tend to see the fewest complications from their revision procedures.

Revision Hip Replacement Overview

Like your initial hip replacement, this procedure is performed under general or regional anesthesia. Your surgeon will create incisions in the same location as your original incisions to minimize additional scarring after this surgery. Your surgeon will examine the joint, bone and surrounding soft tissue to determine how much damage Is present. This assessment will dictate the specific techniques used for your procedure.

Revision hip surgery is a longer process than your first operation. Your surgeon will need to repair damage at that same time your new implant is put into place. In some cases, bone grafts will be necessary to address bone loss that has occurred since the first procedure. The surgery will need to be tailored to your precise needs to ensure the highest odds of success.

After Hip Revision Replacement

You will spend a few days in the hospital after your revision hip surgery. While your mobility will be limited, hospital staff will encourage you to begin walking soon after your procedure to reduce the risk for blood clots and promote a healthy healing process. Rehabilitation is an essential step in successful revision hip surgery, and the better you adhere to your exercise regimen, the faster you will regain your mobility and strength. Patients are typically back to activities within three to four months.

Get Back in Action

Revision hip surgery can effectively address problems left behind after an initial hip replacement to reduce pain and restore mobility. The complexity of this procedure demands extensive experience and expertise from your surgical team to ensure a safe and successful operation. The team at Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio is equipped to provide you with a surgical experience that offers the best possible outcome. To learn more, contact our office today at 419-222-6622.