Revision hip surgery is a procedure that is performed to repair an artificial hip joint (prosthesis) which has been damaged over time due to normal wear and tear of the prosthetic hip or by infection. The new components restore normal hip joint stability and help to correct the problem so the hip can function normally again.
Artificial joints, including hip joints, do not last forever. The typical life of an artificial hip joint is 10-15 years, depending on the patient’s daily use of the joint. After a period of normal wear and tear of the hip joint, the prosthesis does not fit as securely and is not as effective. In these cases, hip revision surgery is recommended.
Potential benefits of revision hip surgery
Benefits of having hip revision surgery may include the following:
- Relief from pain
- Improved joint mobility and strength
- Improved appearance of the hip and leg