Hip Revision Surgery

Hip revision surgery is performed to repair an artificial hip joint (prosthesis) that has been damaged over time due to an infection or normal wear and tear of the prosthetic hip. Revision surgery helps to correct the problem so the hip can function normally again.

The typical life of an artificial hip joint is 10-15 years, depending on the 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 may be recommended by your doctor.

Revision surgery may also be recommended for the following reasons:

  • Infection has developed in the tissue surrounding the joint causing stiffness, pain or loosening
  • Attachment between the artificial joint and the bone has become loose
  • Fracture of the bone around the joint
  • Instability of the implant that may cause the join to dislocate
  • Wearing out of one or more parts of the implant
  • Implant breakage

What to expect

Before scheduling hip revision surgery, your surgeon may order special tests to determine the condition of your artificial joint. Preparation for surgery and the hospital experience tend to be very similar to your first joint replacement. However, the duration of the hip revision surgery may be longer than the joint replacement surgery.

Take the first step

Schedule an appointment with a CHI Franciscan specialist. Find an orthopedic surgeon near you or attend a free health talk to meet a doctor on our team and have your questions answered.