What is a total hip revision?
The good news: Americans live longer, thanks to medical technology and active lifestyles. The bad news: Their hips wear out and must be replaced more often.
Unlike a total hip replacement for first-time patients (also called a primary hip replacement), a hip revision is a removal of the older prosthesis and replacement with a new one. The patient may need hip revision surgery because his pain has returned, the prosthesis has worn out or the prosthesis has been recalled by the manufacturer. Other causes for revision include infection, dislocation of the hip and hip fracture. Other patients may need revision surgery because of osteolysis (thinning of the bones with aging).
Who is a candidate?
Everyone who has a failed hip replacement is a possible candidate for a hip revision.