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Revision Hip Replacement surgery

Common, paramount, total hip replacement is a tough operation; doctors get to see in most of the patients. A hip replacement is a machine- like an appliance having parts, called “ball and socket”, which have to put together, both before and during operation. Post surgery, this fake limb replaces movement in the hip for the rest of a person’s life.

Just like any other machine like device, even a total hip replacement can go wrong. In case anything of this type happens, then the person might be asked to go in for a reoperation of hip replacement to correct the failure and also factors related to it.

Why go for a Hip Revision Surgery?

A number of elderly patients who get hip replacement possess the artificial limb for as long as 20- 25 years, and many don’t lose it for their own life. But, many patients might need more than one revisions or operations of hip replacement, more so if the first surgery was performed when the person was young and if the patient is active, even then Hip revision surgery may be required.

A doctor checks the report of the test done prior to the operation and then decides if the patient truly needs another operation or not. At many times and many places, X-ray, CT scan or sometimes even MRI of hip and nearby areas may be required to know the position and placement parts, and also to know the actual level of bone loss, in case of any failed surgery done earlier. A sample of liquid or blood may be asked by the doctor, in case they see any kind of infection in the failed hip.

What is the basis of hip revision?

Revision Hip Replacement surgery is done on a frequent basis.

Some common reason for getting this done are :

  • Constantly dislocation of the hip, which has been replaced earlier.
  • The limb has worn out, damaged or any similar thing has happened.
  • Hip location happening frequently.

A hip which has been replaced replicates a natural hip. The ball inside the hip must be in good condition, the ball is supposed to remain inside at all times.

Doctors look for these things:

* The adjustment should be correct

* Forces which are driven by strong muscles along with screws near the hip joint.

* Infection

Infection can happen at any time, during or post surgery. The risk remains at a high level for first six weeks. The risk of ‘late’ infection, post the time period is at a much lower level. Many times, infections which are not related to hip like, gums, teeth, mouth, bleeding gums, or maybe even in lungs, skin can lead bacteria to get inside the bloodstream.

A hip replacement is created to have a good amount of motion. But, some kind of shock or any different position of the hip can force the hip ball to come out of where it is placed. This kind of thing is known as a hip dislocation.

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