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Hip revision surgery

An operation following hip replacement failure

A procedure to replace the worn-out ball and socket joints from a previous hip replacement

About

A hip replacement usually lasts 10 to 25 years. So, depending on your age when you have a replacement, there's a chance of needing additional surgery later in life. An operation to renew a prosthetic joint is called a revision hip replacement.

Need to know

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    A hip revision is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, which means you'll be asleep throughout. Your consultant will remove some or all of your previous hip replacement, along with any damaged bone. They'll then replace the old, worn parts of your hip replacement with new implants. The whole procedure usually takes a two to three hours, probably longer than your first hip replacement operation.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure beforehand and talk you through what it involves. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved, which your consultant will discuss with you. It's a good idea to prepare for your return home when you'll need to use crutches or a walker for several weeks. If you don't have them already, fixing handrails in your bathroom and stairs can make moving around at home much easier. You might want to arrange for a friend or someone in your family to help with your usual routine, including bathing.
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    You'll need to be looked after in hospital for a few days after you've had the operation. Our physiotherapy team will help you to stand and practice walking using crutches. They'll also give you exercises that will help build the strength back up in your hip and legs. You should be able to go back home after a few days, depending on your recovery. You'll need crutches, a walker or walking sticks to get around for a few weeks. Your consultant will let you know when you can return to your normal routine, including work or exercise.
Consultant in theatres

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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