What is revision knee replacement surgery?

Revision knee replacement surgery refers to the revision of an existing knee replacement. Revision knee replacement surgery can involve a large operation which replaces previous implants which were made, or much more minor adjustments which are important to the maintenance of a knee replacement.

The revision can be related to the replacements for the end of the shin bone and thigh bone, between which plastic is typically inserted. Click here for more information on problematic knee replacements.

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Why might I need revision knee replacement surgery?

There are a series of reasons why a knee replacement may require revision surgery. They include instability, which causes patients to feel unsafe when walking, and infection, which may result in fever symptoms or swelling.

The plastic used in a replacement can become worn, and this is one of the more simple revisions which is required, with the plastic insert needed to be swapped. Should implants become unattached to the bone, that is another reason for knee replacement revision surgery to be recommended. Erosion of the bone, also known as osteolysis, and in some cases severe stiffness, can also be addressed with knee replacement revision surgery.

What can I expect from the procedure?

On the day of surgery, you will typically be asked a series of questions by nurses, and have the opportunity to have your own questions answered by Mr Mann. You will also discuss the mode of anaesthesia best suited to your needs, with your anaesthetist.

Each operation is different and is related to the type of revision required. Typically, patients lie on their back and a tourniquet is applied to the upper thigh to restrict blood flow. Several measures are used in order to prevent blood clots from forming.

Recovery time

you can expect a three to five day stay in hospital following knee replacement revision surgery. Crutches are typically needed for a two to three-week period. After then a walking stick is usually sufficient for support.

Physical therapy work will be recommended to improve range of motion, and activity level can be increased gradually. Mr Mann will provide expert advice and support on your aftercare and when you can go back to work, to make sure you can get back to your daily life as soon as possible.

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