Hip Revisions by Dr. Frykberg

By Brett Frykberg, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon

Overview of Hip Revision Surgery by Dr. Frykberg

Hip Revision Surgery

Image of the Anatomy of the Hip

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 parts of the implant or the whole implant are 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
  • Infection
  • Allergies to Metal
  • Pain or Dysfunction

Surgery Preparation

Before undergoing surgery, patients will complete a medical evaluation, 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 also be performed in order to get a better understanding of the condition of the bone and implant. Lastly, lab tests may be required by your physician to determine if there is any infection present.

Complications from 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 a number of 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.

Recovery Time

Patients are usually able to get back to leisurely physical activity such as walking and cycling within 12-14 weeks of the procedure. In some cases, it has taken patients up to 6 months to get back to normal physical activity. Post-operation success depends highly on the individual’s willingness to complete physical therapy.

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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