During a revision hip replacement procedure an artificial hip joint is repaired. In some cases, artificial hip joints become damaged as a result of general wear and tear over time. They can also be damaged as a result of an infection.
Sometimes, when an implant is placed, the bone does not grow onto the artificial components, which means that the prosthetic joint is too loose. In this case, the implant may need to be replaced. The artificial components may also loosen over time, causing considerable pain and impaired movement.
In cases of infection, bacteria attaches to the prosthetic joint, causing pain and loosening. Revision surgery is often recommended when there is an infection, as it is the most successful treatment option.
A revision hip replacement works by repairing any damage, and helps to restore proper function and movement. During the procedure, Dr Ackermann will removed the damaged artificial hip joint and replace it with a new one. It is possible that more than one of these procedures be required. In cases where more than one procedure is necessary, old scar tissue is removed and any infections are treated. Once the infection has healed properly, a second procedure is conducted during which a new artificial hip joint is placed in the correct position. In some cases, the entire prosthetic hip joint may need to be replaced, while in other cases, only some of the artificial components may be damaged.
A revision hip replacement procedure is generally very effective, and helps significantly in relieving pain and improving movement. That said, the procedure is quite complex, and as such, requires adequate planning. Dr Ackermann is available to address any questions or concerns you may have about the surgery, and will advise you whether or not it is the most appropriate form of treatment for your unique circumstances.