Joint replacement surgery is very successful in resolving your pain and restoring joint function. Unfortunately, these procedures can sometimes fail. At Poole Joint Replacement in Meridian, Idaho, board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Colin Poole, MD, AAOS, ABOS, performs revision surgeries on failed or outdated total hip and knee replacements previously done by other providers. Call the office if you suspect you have a joint replacement that needs revision surgery.
Revision surgery replaces previous total hip and knee replacements that are no longer offering relief, or never did. Revision surgery is becoming more common as an increased number of people are undergoing joint replacement surgeries of the knee and hip. Men and women who had a joint replacement surgery at a relatively young age may need revision surgery when they outlive their original implant.
As technology improves, hip and knee replacements are lasting longer, even as long as 15 - 25 years.
What are the indications I need revision surgery?
A common problem that occurs after joint replacement surgery, and indicates the need for revision surgery, is loosening of the implant. Over time, movement and friction can cause a replaced part of a joint to wear away and loosen the bonds between bone and implant — causing pain and instability.
It’s also possible that a replaced joint can dislocate. Hips are more likely to experience this complication and therefore need revision surgery. Although rare, infection sometimes occurs in the replaced joint, requiring complicated revision surgery.
Revision surgery is often a complicated surgery that is best handled by a joint replacement specialist such as Dr. Poole. During revision surgery, Dr. Poole must navigate scar tissue, loss of normal bone, and difficulty in removing implants, especially if they’re not loose.
Dr. Poole evaluates your existing implants prior to surgery. He does screening tests, including imaging and blood tests, to determine why the implant is failing. He determines if they’re loose or well-fixed to the bone, and he’ll look for infection and evaluate the condition of the bone around the implants.
Dr. Poole is experienced in revision surgery and tailors your procedure to you. He tries conservative treatments, such as physical therapy and medications, to resolve your pain prior to recommending this second surgery. Revision surgery is not the first course of treatment.
If you’ve had a knee or hip replacement, and you’re experiencing pain, contact Poole Joint Replacement. Call the office to schedule your consultation today.