What is revision hip replacement surgery?

Revision hip replacement surgery refers to procedures which are undertaken to address the biological or mechanical failure of a total hip replacement. These ‘reoperations’ are designed to address the cause and consequences of a failure.

The younger a total hip replacement patient is, the more chance there is that they will need revision hip replacement surgery at some point.

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Why might I need revision hip replacement surgery?

Revision hip replacement surgery is relatively rare and is commonly needed to address the wear and tear of implants, and their loosening or breaking.

Other reasons for revision hip replacement surgery include a repetitive dislocation of a hip replacement, to prevent further dislocations, and its infection. Elderly patients, in particular, are predisposed to the complication of dislocation, as well as those who have had a hip replacement following multiple surgeries.

What can I expect from the procedure?

Prior to the procedure, you will discuss the operation with Mr Mann, giving you the opportunity to raise any questions or concerns you may have. You will also discuss the best method of anaesthesia with your anaesthetist, which will be recommended based on your personal circumstances and medical history.

Your surgeon in some cases will consult imaging to determine the replacement part’s exact location, and several different parts might be reoriented, or swapped entirely, in the process of the revision.

Some revision hip replacement surgeries use a constrained socket which is able to ‘capture’ the ball of the hip. Extra bone is sometimes required, as well as artificial bone substitutes which the surgeon may use. The extra bone is to make up the shortfall which is often present.

In general, revision hip replacement is a longer, more complex operation that a total hip replacement and the prosthesis put in place might last for a shorter period than a primary hip replacement.

Recovery time

Typically, it is possible to resume normal activities within six weeks of revision hip replacement surgery. Your surgeon will be able to recommend a series of exercises designed to strengthen the hip muscles, as well as advice on positions in which to keep the leg to help avoid hip dislocation.
A walking frame may be needed immediately after the operation; scaled down to crutches or a walking stick in the days following. It is recommended that patients mobilise as soon as they can, so as to prevent complications such as chest infections or deep vein thrombosis.

Mr Mann will ensure that when the time comes for you to go home, that you have all of the advice and information that you need to make a fast and full recovery.

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