Revision Knee Replacement
When a knee replacement no longer functions correctly, revision surgery is often required. Revision knee replacement surgery isn’t something to take lightly. Although both procedures have the same goal—to relieve pain and improve function—revision surgery is different from primary total knee replacement. It is a longer, more complex procedure that requires extensive planning, and specialized implants and tools to achieve a good result.
In this procedure, your doctor removes some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replaces them with new ones. A knee revision may be necessary for anyone whose prosthetic knee implant fails due to injury or wear or who gets an infection in the area around the implant.
In elderly people who have a knee replacement, artificial knee implants may last for life. But in younger patients, especially those who maintain an active lifestyle, knee prostheses may eventually fail, requiring a second replacement later in life.