Hip revision surgery
There are various reasons why hip joint replacements can be revised:
- Peri-prosthetic bone fracture
- Severe residual pain (persistent ligaments/tendon irritation)
- Severe implant wear
- Implant loosening
- Recurrent dislocation (hip)
- Adverse reaction to wear debris (originating from the artificial articular surface)
- Implant breakage (extremely rare)
Hip revision surgery is usually a complex surgery necessitating the removal of previous implants, correction of bone loss using bone-graft or bone-substitute, and reconstruction of your joint using massive implants. A posterior approach is systematically used as it is the most reliable for revision surgery.
Hip revision surgery is a time-consuming, technically demanding surgery with complications rate being approximately 8%, three times higher compared to primary joint replacement.
The sooner Charles diagnoses a complication of your joint replacement, the sooner and easier the revision surgery will be, and the better results you will have. This is why Charles wants to review your joint replacement at regular intervals after your surgery – even if you feel perfectly well!