Revision Hip Replacement

What is Revision Hip Replacement?

A total hip replacement (also called total hip arthroplasty) is one of the most successful orthopaedic procedures and is highly effective in relieving pain and improving function. It involves replacing the ball and socket bones that make up the hip joint with artificial parts also known as a prosthesis. Whilst the materials and surgical techniques are continuing to improve, hip replacements may however eventually wear out. Furthermore, unfortunately some patients are faced with complications associated with their hip replacement.

In the situation where a hip replacement is causing problems or has worn out, another operation may be performed to insert a new prosthetic hip. This operation is known as a revision hip replacement.

The operation will involve removing the worn out hip implant and replacing it with a new one. If the reason the revision is taking place is due to an infection, the operation may be carried out in two stages. The first stage is to remove the old implant, clean out the joint and insert a spacer that may contain antibiotics. Once the infection has resolved, a new hip implant is inserted. This two step process can take up to a year to complete.

15 October, 2011