Hip Revision- Dr. Frykberg
By Brett Frykberg, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon
Overview of Hip Revision Surgery
In a Total Hip Replacement, the damaged hip joint is replaced with an artificial implant. Despite a high success rate, problems can develop over time, and a hip revision procedure is necessary. In a hip revision procedure, either the implant or the whole implant is removed or replaced. This really depends on the severity of the issue. Due to potential bone or tissue damage around the hip, doctors typically use specialized revision implants.
Reasons for Revision Total Hip Replacement
- Implant Wear and Loosening.
- Recurrent dislocation or subluxation.
- Pain or Dysfunction.
Patients will complete a medical evaluation before undergoing surgery, including a physical examination or clearance by their physician. This will determine if the patient is healthy enough to undergo the procedure. Tests such as X-rays and CT scans will help to understand the condition of the bone and implant. Lastly, lab tests may be required by your physician to determine if there is an infection present.
Complications from Hip Surgery
One complication for a total hip joint revision can be the condition of the existing bones of the patient. The bone can be weakened by age or many other conditions. Some patients with poor bone quality may not be a candidate for a revision of the hip joint. Your physician will determine if you are a good candidate.
Patients can usually get back to leisurely physical activity such as walking and cycling within 12-14 weeks of the procedure. It has taken patients up to 6 months to get back to normal physical activity in some cases. Post-operation success depends highly on the individual’s willingness to complete physical therapy.
Patients will receive in-patient physical therapy while in the hospital. Upon discharge from the hospital, your MD will schedule you to have home health physical therapy or therapy in an outpatient setting. JOI has 11 outpatient physical therapy centers to accommodate all of your rehab needs.
Scheduling an Appointment
If you are experiencing pain and believe you need a Revision of a Total Hip Replacement, call JOI-2000, or click the image below to schedule an appointment.
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By: Brett Frykberg, MD