Revision Joint Replacement

doctor performing revision knee joint replacement

Modern hip and knee implants are better than ever. For most patients, they function well for at least 20 to 30 years.

However, about 10 percent of all implants will fail, requiring a second procedure. In this procedure, called a revision, the old joint is removed and replaced with a new one.

When revision is necessary

Revision surgery is complex. It requires planning, special implants and a high level of surgical skill.

Deciding when a joint revision may be needed depends on several factors:



Revision surgery is a major procedure that has some risks. The complication rate tends to be higher than that of primary surgery, and some patients are not medically able to handle a long surgical procedure.

For these reasons, nonsurgical treatments are often used before revision is considered. Some of the nonsurgical treatments may include:


Although revision surgery is complex, there are several elements each procedure has in common