Revision Hip Replacement

Revision hip replacement is a complex surgical procedure in which all or part of a previously implanted hip-joint is replaced with a new artificial hip-joint. Total hip replacement surgery is an option to relieve severe arthritis pain that limits your daily activities. During total hip replacement, the damaged cartilage and bone is removed from the hip joint and replaced with artificial components. At times, hip replacement implants can wear out for various reasons and may need to be replaced with the help of a surgical procedure known as revision hip replacement surgery.

Indications

Revision hip replacement is advised in patients with the following conditions:

  • Increasing pain in the affected hip
  • Worn out plastic or polyethylene prosthesis (polyethylene)
  • Dislocation of previous implants
  • Loosening of the femoral or acetabular component
  • Infection around the hip prosthesis
  • Weakening of bone around the hip replacement (Osteolysis)

Revision hip replacement surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, your surgeon will make an incision over the hip to expose the hip joint. Then the femur is dislocated from the acetabulum so that the old plastic liner and the metal socket can be removed from the acetabulum.

The extent of the procedure is individually planned to meet each patient’s particular need.  Dr. Fischer will create a customized approach to get you moving again.

After undergoing revision hip replacement, you must take special care to ensure proper healing.  Specific instructions will be given based on your particular surgical reconstruction.