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3 Reasons You May Need Revision Joint Surgery

3 Reasons You May Need Revision Joint Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is a transformative procedure that can significantly improve your quality of life, providing relief from chronic pain and enhancing your mobility. While these surgeries are highly successful, up to 10% can fail over the lifetime of the individual.  If this happens,  the patient needs revision joint surgery. 

The skilled team at Total Joint Specialists understands that the decision to undergo a revision joint surgery is a complex one, often accompanied by questions and concerns. Read on to learn more about three common reasons why you may need revision joint surgery and how we can offer you expert care.

Implant wear-and-tear

Over time, joint implants can wear down due to everyday use. This is particularly common in people who received their initial joint replacement at a younger age, as the implant is subjected to more extended periods of use. 

Wear-and-tear can lead to a loosening of the implant, causing pain, instability, and a reduction in the joint's overall function. In such cases, revision joint surgery may be necessary to replace the worn implant and restore your joint's proper function.

Infection

Infection is a rare but severe complication following joint replacement surgery. In some instances, infections may develop shortly after the initial surgery, while in other cases, they can occur years later. 

Infections can be particularly challenging to manage, as they may require the removal of the implant to clear the infection. Replacement of the previous device with a new decvice as well as antibiotics are also required.  

Implant failure or complications

Despite advancements in joint replacement technology, implant failures or complications can still occur. These issues can be the result of implant design, surgical errors, or individual patient factors. Implant problems can manifest as joint instability, pain, or even implant fracture. 

In cases of implant failure or complications, we may recommend revision joint surgery to address the issue, replace the problematic implant, and restore joint function.

About our expert revision joint surgery

The decision to undergo revision joint surgery is not simple. Revision joint surgery is a highly specialized field within orthopedics, requiring in-depth knowledge and skill. Our experienced surgeons can accurately assess your issue, determine the best course of action, and perform the surgery with precision.

Revision joint surgery can be more complex than the initial joint replacement, and the goal is to achieve the best possible outcome. We can help minimize complications and maximize the chances of a successful revision.

Every patient's situation is unique. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons provide personalized care, taking into account your specific needs and concerns to create a tailored treatment plan.

Revision joint surgery is a necessary but complex procedure for those experiencing issues with their joint implants. Contact the orthopedic team at Total Joint Specialists at the nearest office in Midtown Atlanta, Alpharetta, Braselton, Canton, Cumming, Gainesville, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, or Woodstock, Georgia if you’re experiencing problems with a joint replacement. 

Call or schedule online today to make your appointment. We're here to support your journey to improved joint health and overall well-being.

Author
Mike Gottsman Physician

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