Revision Hip Replacement
Despite significant improvements in the design of hip replacements a proportion unfortunately will fail. This is especially true in the younger patient who will often place greater demands on their hip for a longer period of time. Eventually this can lead to excessive wear and loosening of the replacement, however well it was inserted initially. Other problems occur due to infection, fracture around the replacement, instability (which can result in dislocation) and more recently we have become aware of abnormal reaction to metal debris seen in metal-on-metal hip replacement and resurfacing surgery.
If after taking a detailed history, examining your hip and performing investigations such as blood tests, x-rays and scans it is determined that your hip replacement is failing you will be offered a revision procedure. This may involve replacing some or all of the components. It is usually performed as a single procedure but on occasion may be performed as a two-stage procedure, especially if infection is the cause.
Revision hip surgery is often more lengthy and complex than your previous surgery but the complications are broadly similar. The aim, as with primary hip surgery is for you to have a stable hip that allows early weight-bearing. On occasion however, you will be required to walk with crutches for a period of time to allow your bone to grow into the new prosthesis.
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I could not possibly let the moment pass without thanking you for the operation on my knee. Strange to say it was all quite an unforgettable experience in the nicest way. My thanks also to your splendid team. Mr M.S. June 2015
I would just like to thank you very much for giving me a good lease of life, for your great skill and for being so caring. It was wonderful to be pain-free! Best Regards Mrs J.S. September 2015
I just wanted to tell you how very grateful I am to you for carrying out the operation – and doing such a fantastic job! I know many people who have had similar operations but none can compare their results with mine! There is no pain now from my knee, and I have great movement and flexibility. I will perfect the kneeling, it is too important to me to let it go. My biggest benefit, I think, has been my general fitness and health. Pain really wears you down and without it I feel several years younger!! So this card is just to say a really sincere “thankyou” to you and your very skilled staff. With warmest good wishes to you. I hope there will be many more patients who benefit from your wonderful skills! Yours very sincerely, Mrs C.W. August 2015