Revision Procedures

Revision Procedures

Our surgeons are involved in national trials to develop technology for the future of joint revisions.

Revision Total Hip Replacement: The majority of hip replacement patients will never need a revision. However, there are a number of reasons why a hip replacement may fail and, fortunately, revision surgery will correct most of these problems. Not all orthopedic surgeons perform hip revision surgery. Surgical solutions for failed hip prosthesis may be simple or complex. The surgeon’s experience with revision surgery is paramount to a successful outcome.

Orthopedic surgeons at Alvarado Hospital have extensive experience with hip revision surgery and see patients from all over the U.S. Our surgeons’ experience includes simple revisions and complex revisions. An example of a simple revision would be a liner exchange, secondary to wear and tear. A complex revision might be the result of trauma requiring autograft and allograft supplementation for bone deficiency. Our physicians also have a special interest and expertise in the treatment of hip replacement patients with joint infections.

Our surgeons work with a team of specialists in infectious disease and internal medicine to plan a sophisticated course of treatment to eradicate the existing infection, and potentially re-implant a hip prosthesis.

Revision Total Knee Replacement: Our surgeons have extensive experience with knee revision surgery, both complex and simple. A simple problem may be the replacement of the plastic liner. A complex problem may be an infection requiring the removal of the knee prosthesis, the placement of an antibiotic spacer, and six to eight weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy to eradicate the infection before re-implanting prosthesis. Our surgeons work with a team of specialists in infectious disease management and internal medicine to plan a sophisticated course of treatment.