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What Is Joint Revision?

Joint replacement surgery is largely successful in improving patients' quality of life by easing pain, improving range of motion, and allowing patients to return to their favorite sports and activities. For the majority of patients, a hip or knee replacement will last the remainder of the patients' lives, approximately 10-20 years, because of innovations in implant and surgical technology used by joint replacement surgeons.

"The state-of-the-art materials and techniques used during joint replacement have allowed us to extend the wear of new joints," explains Dr. Steven Mattheos, joint replacement surgeon at Sports Medicine North. "However, for a patient who requires joint replacement at a younger age or a senior who has outlived his or her implant, a joint revision is sometimes needed."

Joint revision surgery is a rare but complex procedure that requires extensive preoperative planning, specialized implants and tools, and mastery of advanced surgical techniques. During a joint revision procedure, your surgeon will replace your original implants with new components. This procedure is performed for a variety of reasons, including:

  • A joint that has become painful or swollen, due to loosening or general wear and tear of the implant components
  • Decline in implant function that results in a limp, joint stiffness, or instability
  • Change in position or condition of the implant components

If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be a candidate for a joint revision surgery. Call (978) 309-3066 to schedule an appointment with one of the joint surgeons at Sports Medicine North. "Like" Sports Medicine North on Facebook or follow @SportsMedNorth on Twitter for health news and orthopedic procedure information.

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