REVISION SURGERY FOR JOINT REPLACEMENTS
Revision surgery for joint replacements such as a hip or knee replacement (otherwise known as arthroplasty) may be needed to repair a damaged prosthesis. The prosthetic components may become damaged after years of wear and tear, due to poor fusion or due to infection. In such cases, revision surgery is needed to repair the weak or unstable joint and alleviate related pain.
A revision hip or knee replacement surgery is then done under general anaesthesia. All or some of the damaged prosthesis is removed from the hip or knee joint and replaced with new components. At the same time, any scar tissue or infection is removed from the joint.
Revision arthroplasty surgeries are generally very effective for pain and instability problems. After surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will discuss your rehabilitation, physical therapy, and any lifestyle changes with you as well as what to expect for the recovery period as this will largely depend on the outcomes of surgery.