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Revision Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Most patients only undergo one knee replacement in their lifetime. It’s a successful procedure that allows most people to continue living an active lifestyle.  Unfortunately, up to 20% of patients experience not satisfied or have a painful knee replacement.  There are many reasons for a failed knee replacement surgery. The best way to avoid a revision knee replacement is to use the best tools the first time. Robotic knee replacements allow for more accurate component positioning and knees that are balanced at the time of surgery.

Dr. Morton is an expert in revision hip and knee replacements and will evaluate your knee for possible problems. He will discuss with you that you may require another operation to remove and exchange some or all of the components.

The goal of a revision knee replacement is to improve function and pain. The surgery can be significantly different than a primary total knee replacement and is often a longer and more complex procedure. There may be more extensive planning and the use of specialized equipment in order to correct your problem.

Revision Total Knee Replacement Surgery

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Implant Loosening and Wear

Revision total knee replacement

Infection

Instability

Imflammmation

Stiffness and Arthrofibrosis

Revision hip replacement

Fractures

Anterior total hip replacements
Preparing for Surgery
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Implant Loosening and Wear

Sometimes the implant can become loose. It is not always clear what may lead up to a loose implant.  Orthopedic surgeons believe that repetitive high-impact activities, high body weight, and wear of the plastic liner may lead to quicker wear of your knee replacement, leading to implant loosening.  Patients who undergo a knee replacement at a younger age are at a high risk of having their knee replacement become loose.

Loosening occurs when the tiny particles generated when the plastic liner wears out is attacked by your body’s immune system.  The immune system then destroys the healthy bone around the implant. This bone destruction is called “osteolysis”. When osteolysis occurs, the implants can begin to have a windshield wiper movement and become loose, causing pain.

Infection

When bacteria enter your knee, it can become attached to the surface of your implant. This infection can begin in the hospital at the time of your initial operation or can begin years later. The risk of an infection after a knee replacement is 0.5% – which is very small. Unfortunately, when it happens, it is a major complication for patients. The risk for infection can be higher in patients with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, or patients who smoke. Infection is considered whenever patients have a complication with their knee replacement, such as pain, instability, or drainage. Possible treatment options for an infected total knee include removal of the implant, revision, debridement, or just antibiotic suppression. Often, multiple surgeries are required to cure your infected total knee. You should have a discussion with Dr. Morton regarding the long process to treat an infected knee replacement.

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Instability

Sometimes patients feel their knee is unstable. This can begin when the knee is put in initially (such as improper surgical technique) or over time as the ligaments begin to stretch out. Patients with an unstable knee replacement will feel as though their knee “gives way”, and often experience recurrent swelling. Robotic-assisted joint replacements are an excellent way to prevent technical errors that can occur, providing the perfect balance of your knee replacement at the time of operation.

Stiffness and Arthrofibrosis