Hip revision surgery

What is it?

Hip revision surgery is required if your artificial hip joint becomes loose, infected or worn. When this occurs you may need a second operation to remove and replace some or all of the parts of the original implant.

Diagnosis and treatment options

Your consultant will examine you to check how well your hip is working. They may ask you to demonstrate certain movements.

At your initial consultation, you may need diagnostic tests which will help your consultant decide what the most appropriate treatment option is for you. This will be fully discussed with you during your appointment.

You might need tests such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans.

During the operation, your surgeon will follow the line of the cut made during the primary total hip replacement wherever possible. Your surgeon will then remove the original prosthesis and replace it with new implants. Occasionally specialist implants are required and for infection, two separate procedures may be required.

Following revision joint replacement, recovery times vary. Length of hospital stay and time to return to activity largely relates to the underlying reason for revision. Your surgeon will advise you in relation to your condition.

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