Dear Dr. Kinder; What is a total joint revision surgery, and how do I know if I need it?
A total joint revision is a redo of the first joint replacement. The most common causes for revision include infection, dislocation, or erosion of the plastic parts. If you have a previously well-functioning hip or knee replacement, and you start to have increased pain, popping, grinding, and loss of function, you should be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon.
Revision surgeries can involve total replacement (or just exchanging some of the components of your implant.) Maintaining a yearly exam schedule with an orthopaedic surgeon is the best route, as regular X-rays can reveal problems before symptoms arise. Some problems are easier to correct if found earlier, so surveillance is the key.
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