Revision Total Hip Replacement

Revision total hip replacement is a surgical procedure carried out to replace some or all parts of an original hip prosthesis. This procedure becomes necessary when the initial total hip replacement fails due to various reasons.

Revision total hip replacement is a more complex and longer procedure compared to the primary total hip replacement. It requires extensive planning and the use of specialized implants and tools to achieve a positive outcome. 

Different Types of Revision Surgeries

Depending on the condition of the prosthesis, revision surgeries can vary. In some cases, only a few components of the prosthesis need to be revised.

In other cases, the entire prosthesis has to be removed or replaced, and the bone around the hip has to be rebuilt with augments or bone grafts.

Common Reasons for a Revision Total Hip Replacement

  • Implant Wear and Loosening: Repetitive high-impact activities, excessive body weight, and wear of the plastic liner between the ball and the metal cup can lead to the loosening of the implant. 
  • Infection: Infections can occur at any time after the surgery. When bacteria attach to the surface of the prosthesis, it can lead to a painful hip, and the implant may start to lose its attachment to the bone.
  • Recurrent Dislocation: The ball of a hip replacement needs to stay inside the socket for the replacement to function properly. However, trauma or certain hip positions can dislodge the ball from the socket, causing recurrent hip dislocations.
  • Fracture: A periprosthetic fracture is a broken bone that occurs around the components of an implant. These fractures are often the result of a fall and may require revision surgery.
  • Reaction to Metal Ions and Allergy to Metal: Over time, the metals used in implants can break down or wear, causing tiny particles to fall off the device into the space around the implant.

Recovering at Home After Surgery

Dr. Ulric Bigby understands the importance of physical therapy in the recovery process post-hip revision surgery. As part of his comprehensive patient care, he offers physical therapy services to his patients. 

Dr. Bigby's team of experienced physical therapists work closely with you to design a personalized therapy program that aligns with your recovery goals. They provide guidance, support, and monitor your progress throughout the recovery period. Their main aim is to help you regain your mobility, strength, and independence, ensuring a smooth and quick recovery.

Remember, regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Bigby are essential to monitor your progress and address any concerns you might have during your recovery period. He is committed to making your recovery process as comfortable and successful as possible.

Your recovery at home after hip revision surgery may require some patience and effort, but with the right care, guidance, and physical therapy, you will be back to your regular activities sooner.

Potential Complications of Hip Replacement Surgery

Like all major medical procedures, revision hip replacement surgery has its risks. 

These include infection, despite strict sterile techniques, and dislocation due to inadequate stability from surrounding soft tissues. There's also the possibility of fractures to the femur or pelvis during surgery and rare instances of injury to nearby nerves or blood vessels, leading to numbness, weakness, or even loss of function. 

Post-surgery immobility can cause blood clots, potentially leading to life-threatening pulmonary embolism. That is why engaging in physical therapy and following Dr. Ulric Bigby’s movement instructions is important. 

Other complications can be leg length inequality, wearing of the hip prosthesis over time, and the surgery's potential failure to relieve pain. 

Why Choose Dr. Ulric Bigby for Your Hip Revision Surgery

Dr. Bigby's expertise, compassion, and use of advanced medical practices make him an excellent choice for your orthopedic needs. He will guide you through your path to a faster recovery and lasting mobility.

Total Hip Revision Replacement

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Choosing Dr. Ulric Bigby means choosing comprehensive joint care delivered with expertise and compassion. Don't let hip pain hold you back. 

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