Hip and knee joint replacements are successful procedures that typically last 15-20 years. However, it’s possible for your joint replacement to fail, and when that happens, you need a hip or knee revision. Jaspreet Sidhu, DO, specializes in hip and knee revisions, successfully performing complex revision surgery that rebuilds your joint and restores your mobility. If you develop pain or stiffness in your joint replacement, call the office in Stockton, California, or schedule an appointment online.
Hip and knee replacements can fail when normal wear-and-tear makes the prosthetic components loosen. It’s also possible for an infection to develop on the prosthesis, leading to bone degeneration and instability.
Though not as common as loosening or instability, your joint replacement may also fail if a fracture develops in the bone around the prosthetic joint or when the plastic piece used to replace the cartilage wears down.
If you have a hip or knee replacement that begins to fail, you experience symptoms similar to those you had before your replacement: pain, swelling, stiffness, and joint instability.
Whether you need a hip or a knee revision, the surgery is more complex than your original joint replacement.
Depending on the cause of the failure, Dr. Sidhu may need to replace part or all of the joint prosthesis. He must also repair the bone if a fracture is present and, he may need to repair damaged ligaments in your knee.
Revision surgery for an infection depends on the type of bacteria and how long you’ve had the infection. In some cases, Dr. Sidhu may be able to treat the bacteria and clean the metal components. Then he only replaces the plastic spacer.
For more severe infections, Dr. Sidhu may need to remove the original replacement, treat the infection, and then give you an entirely new joint. This procedure usually involves two surgeries.
First, Dr. Sidhu removes the prosthesis and places a temporary spacer treated with antibiotics to fight the infection. When the infection has cleared, Dr. Sidhu performs the second surgery to remove the antibiotic piece and insert a new joint.
If you have a knee or hip replacement and start to experience pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online.