Revision Hip Replacement
Revision hip replacements may be required when the original hip replacement wears out or loosens. Loosening of the hip can be caused by various forms of arthritis (most commonly osteoarthritis), bone diseases, bone abnormalities, and injury.
The hip can sometimes become loose through the wearing down of the bearing surfaces. Typically, patients will feel pain in the groin or the thigh, which starts gradually and is often worse on first standing up. The revision procedure is usually more complex than a first hip replacement. The old components need to be removed and new, usually larger ones, need to be put in their place. Sometimes the bone has been worn away and will need replacing with artificial or grafted bone.
Patients will be closely monitored in the first one to two days following surgery. The recovery period for a revision replacement will be longer than for a primary hip replacement. This is because the muscles take longer to heal as they have been repaired for a second time. Patients will require crutches and it may take up to a year for optimal recovery to be achieved.