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Revision Joint Replacement - Do You Need It?

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Dr. Niranjan T J 87% (12 ratings)
DNB - Orthopedics, D ( ORTHO), MBBS
Orthopedist, Trivandrum  •  12 years experience
Revision Joint Replacement - Do You Need It?

Thousands of people are affected with a painful knee which troubles their lives directly. Due to a weak or inflated knee, they cannot continue to carry on with their activities which they do have been doing regularly. A total knee replacement is required in many such cases, which is one of the most popular and successful ways to provide relief from chronic knee pain.

But in many cases, a successful total knee replacement is not possible due to various reasons and in that case, the people need to undergo another replacement, called Revision Joint Replacement.

What is Revision Joint Replacement?

As we mentioned in the above section that total knee replacement is successfully carried out in most cases but there are also many in which it is not possible. Other than that, even if a successful total replacement is made, overtime different problems related to it may arise like wearing of thr implant or adjustment of the original parts as well. So, another replacement is recommended to fix these problems and this is popularly known as Revision Joint Replacement.

Revision joint replacement is often much more complicated than total knee replacement. This is because the process deals with bringing changes to the already replaced knee and therefore, any kind of mishandling can lead to serious knee problems. Let us have a look at the different reasons because of which revision knee replacement is carried out.

Why Revision Knee Replacement Done?

The reasons because of which a revision joint replacement may need to be performed include:

● One of the very important reasons is worn out implants. Even though implants are designed to support the knees for a long time, due to various reasons and activities of the individual, these implants gets worn out and needs to be replaced.

Infection is one of the biggest risks in joint replacement surgery which will seriously affect the whole health of the person. If over time any kind of infection is likely to develop due to improper care or negligence of any initial infection symptoms around the postoperative area, revision replacement is done to help the individual.

● If it is found out that the implants are becoming unstable with time, you must understand that you will need a revision joint replacement. When the implants are not occupying a proper position or have been dislocated due to some reason, the implants will need to be placed in the right area once again.

So, these are the various reasons because of which revision knee replacement is important. If you read the article carefully you will understand that even though revision replacement has its risks, it is quite beneficial and convenient for the people too carry on with their activities.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult a specialist & get answers to your questions!
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