Revision Total Hip Arthroplasty

The revision total hip replacement surgery is performed in order  to repair and / or replace one or more parts of an artificial hip joint  that is damaged over time due to normal wear or contamination. Corrective surgery helps to solve the problem so that the hip joint can function normally again.

The use of implants and the creation of an “artificial” joint is an extremely effective hip surgery to improve hip joint that has been damaged by trauma, or some form of arthritis. Artificial joints, however, including the hip joint, do not last forever. The typical life span of an artificial hip joint is 10 to 15 years, depending on the daily use , patient’s needs, the body type and the biological age of the bones. Patients with artificial hip joints are usually over the age of 55 years and have developed severe arthritis in the hip.

Revision of a hip replacement, may also have evidence in cases of periprosthetic fractures or repeated dislocations of the hip joint. A thorough preoperative joint imaging study and clinical monitoring, is needed , in order to create the appropriate preoperative plan and all the appropriate prosthetic materials and surgical instrumentation to be at the operating room. These operations require expertise on the part of the surgeon and experienced surgical team.

What causes hip pain in a total hip replacement?
Pain is a symptom that concerns more than one reason for which a total hip arthroplasty may require a revision. May accompany instability from bad positioning and orientation of prosthetic materials, or irritation of the remaining components of joint fluid or microbial contamination. In any case, it must be excluded that  the pain is transportable or reflex from other anatomic elements outside of the operated joint, so as to avoid a painful and unnecessary for the patient major surgery.

What are the benefits of surgical hip revision surgery?
Relief of pain is the main advantage of a hip revision surgery. Many patients may find that hip revision surgery also improves mobility, strength and propioception  .  Revision surgery aims primarily to allow patients to return back to normal activity without pain in the hip.

What are the risks of a hip revision surgery?
In most cases the hip revision surgery is a necessary and unfortunately undesirable for the patient procedure, in order to correct  his problems. The procedure is safe when performed in specialized for this kind of surgery operating theatre,  with the appropriate trained surgical team and an experienced surgeon. A s it happens with all surgical procedures, potential complications associated with anesthesia such as respiratory or cardiac dysfunction, may happen. Moreover, as late side-effects, an infection or injury to nerves and blood vessels, periprosthetic fractures, difficulty in walking due to leg length discrepancy, stiffness or joint instability, postoperative pain, or a new re-revision  may occur.

Dr. Alevrogiannis can assess your condition and condition, either in his office or at the Metropolitan General.

What are the risks of a hip revision surgery?
In most cases the hip revision surgery is a necessary and unfortunately undesirable for the patient procedure, in order to correct  his problems. The procedure is safe when performed in specialized for this kind of surgery operating theatre,  with the appropriate trained surgical team and an experienced surgeon. A s it happens with all surgical procedures, potential complications associated with anesthesia such as respiratory or cardiac dysfunction, may happen. Moreover, as late side-effects, an infection or injury to nerves and blood vessels, periprosthetic fractures, difficulty in walking due to leg length discrepancy, stiffness or joint instability, postoperative pain, or a new re-revision  may occur.

Dr. Alevrogiannis can assess your condition and condition, either in his office or at the Metropolitan General.