Revision Hip Replacement

What is Revision Hip Replacement?

Hip revision surgery is used to fix an artificial hip joint (prosthesis) that has deteriorated over time as a result of an infection or from regular wear and tear. Revision surgery aids in addressing the issue and restoring the hip's ability to function normally. The majority of hip replacement operations are profitable. However, research published found that 4 to 5 percent of patients who get a hip implant may need revision surgery within 10 years. According to the same research, 15% of patients had revision surgery after 20 years. Hip revision surgery is used to fix an artificial hip joint (prosthesis) that has deteriorated over time as a result of an infection or from regular wear and tear. Revision surgery aids in addressing the issue and restoring the hip's ability to function normally.

Performing Surgery

When to go for surgery

The primary goal of hip revision surgery is to fix an artificial hip implant that may no longer be tightly fastened to the bone, leading to discomfort for the patient from aberrant mobility. Hip revision surgery aims to fix the hip and get it back to a place where it can function normally. Your doctor will evaluate a number of criteria, including the quantity of residual bone if your implant has loosened, and the precise position of the fracture, to decide whether a revision is necessary, an implant itself may crack under exceptional conditions. Additionally, revision surgery is necessary.

Patients with the following ailments are encouraged to get a revision hip replacement:

  • Inflamed hip discomfort that is becoming worse

  • worn-out prosthetics made of plastic or polyethylene

  • displacement of earlier implants

  • femoral or acetabular component of the prosthetic hip joint loosens

  • Hip prosthesis infection produces fever and discomfort

The Procedure

A stem used in the first hip replacement is placed adjacent to implant stems used in revision surgery. To compensate for femur bone loss, revision stems are frequently longer. Your physician will prepare the bone surfaces in the pelvis and the femur for the revision implants after removing the original implants. A revision hip replacement is a difficult surgical procedure in which all or a portion of a previously implanted artificial hip joint is replaced. Under general anaesthesia, revision hip replacement surgery is carried out. Your surgeon will create an incision over the hip during the surgery to expose the hip joint.

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Post Surgery Care

You must take extra precautions after a revision hip replacement to keep the new joint from dislocating and to maintain complete healing. Common safety measures to be followed include:

  • Avoid bending your hip and turning your foot inward at the same time, since this might lead to a dislocation.

  • Never bend your hips past a straight angle or cross your legs (90 degrees)

  • Stay away from low-level chairs.

  • Avoid bending down to pick up things, and seek help.

  • Utilize a raised toilet seat.