Hip Revision Arthroplasty

Why consider a hip revision?

The majority of elderly patients who receive a hip replacement retain the prosthesis for 15 to 20 years, sometimes for life. However, some patients may need one or more revisions of a hip replacement particularly if the initial hip replacement surgery is performed at a young age and the patient chooses to have a very active physical lifestyle.

Reasons for hip revision surgery

Revision hip replacement is a relatively infrequent operation. In the United States there are approximately 18 revision hip replacements performed for every 100 hip replacements. The most frequent reasons for revision are:

  • Repetitive dislocation and instability
  • Mechanical failure (implant wear and tear, loosening, breakage)
  • Plastic (polyethylene wear)
  • Infection
  • Osteolysis (bone loss)

A hip revision can involve part or all of your previous hip replacement needing to be revised and thus the operation varies from minor adjustments to a more significant operation. The surgery can vary from a simple liner exchange to changing one or all of the components of the previous hip replacment. Extra bone (cadavar bone) may be needed to compensate for any bone loss.

Please find below information on hip revision surgery, what to expect prior to and during surgery as well as post hip revision recovery information.

For more information or to book a consultation to assess whether surgery is right for you please contact Dr. Aditya Khemkas’ office on book an appointment online.