Total Joint Revision

A total joint revision is a surgery to replace an existing artificial joint with a new one. It may also be called a repeat joint replacement.

Joint revision surgery may be necessary to simply replace a worn-out implant. Some artificial joints may last 15 or 20 years, while others may need replacing within just a few years.

Other reasons for joint revision may include infection, loosening or dislocation, poor position of the initial implant or bone loss.

Because of the many different reasons a revision joint replacement may need to be done, each case must be treated on an individual basis. Not all revisions will require replacing all parts of the implant. In some cases, parts of the original implant may still be in perfect condition while others may need to be replaced.

Revision joint replacements can be more complicated than the original procedure because of scar tissue formation, loss of normal bone, and difficulty removing implants that are not loose. The general risks of revision joint replacement are similar to a standard joint replacement, but the expected results of a revision may not be as optimistic as with the first replacement.

Technologies for Total Joint Revision

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What to Expect for Total Joint Revision

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Side Effects and Risk Factors for Total Joint Revision

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Education and Resources for Total Joint Revision

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