Revision joint surgery is a surgical procedure to replace a previously implanted joint replacement. It is performed when the original joint replacement has failed or worn out. Revision joint surgery can be a complex procedure, but it can be a very successful way to relieve pain and improve function.
Why might I need revision joint surgery?
There are a number of reasons why you might need revision joint surgery. The most common reason is pain. If your original joint replacement is causing you significant pain, it may be a sign that it is not functioning properly. Other reasons for revision joint surgery include:
- Infection: Infection can occur around a joint replacement at any time, but it is most likely to happen in the first few months after surgery. If an infection develops, it may be necessary to remove the joint replacement and implant a new one.
- Instability: A joint replacement can become unstable if the bones around the joint loosen or the implant itself breaks. Instability can cause pain and make it difficult to walk or move the joint.
- Wear and tear: Over time, all joint replacements will wear and tear. This is especially true for people who are active or who have heavy body weight. If your joint replacement wears out, it may need to be replaced.
What are the different types of revision joint surgery?
There are two main types of revision joint surgery: partial revision and total revision. In a partial revision, only a portion of the joint replacement is replaced. In a total revision, the entire joint replacement is replaced.
What factors determine the type of revision joint surgery I need?
The type of revision joint surgery you need will depend on a number of factors, including:
- The type of joint replacement you have: There are different types of joint replacements, such as hip replacements, knee replacements, and shoulder replacements. The type of revision joint surgery you need will depend on the type of joint replacement you already have.
- The condition of your original joint replacement: If your original joint replacement is still in good condition, you may be able to have a partial revision. If your original joint replacement is severely damaged, you may need a total revision.
- The underlying cause of the failure of your original joint replacement: If the failure of your original joint replacement was due to infection, you will likely need a different type of revision surgery than if the failure was due to wear and tear.
- Your overall health: Your overall health and fitness will also be considered when deciding which type of revision joint surgery is right for you.
Revision joint surgery can be a complex procedure, but it can be a very successful way to relieve pain and improve function. If you are considering revision joint surgery, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of the surgery.
Contact Dr. Herrick J. Siegel
If you are considering revision joint surgery, Dr. Herrick J. Siegel is a highly experienced and skilled orthopaedic surgeon who can help you achieve the best possible outcome. Dr. Siegel has over 20 years of experience in performing joint surgery, and he is committed to providing his patients with the highest quality of care.
If you have any questions or concerns about revision joint surgery or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel, please call (205) 930-8339. He will be able to provide you with more information and help you decide if revision joint surgery is right for you.