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Approximately 400,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year and most are expected to function well for at least 10 to 20 years. However, in about 10 percent of these cases, problems occur such as the implant becoming loose, infected, dislocated or otherwise damaged and a revision joint replacement procedure is necessary to remove the old implants and replace them with new components.
“Revision joint replacement surgeries are more complex procedures than original replacement,” says Gerhard Maale, MD, medical director of orthopedic oncology at Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano. "X-rays are taken to assess the amount of bone loss that has occurred.”
If it is significant, the procedure may require a bone graft, where small pieces of extra bone from a bone bank or from your own body will be used to replace the loss. In some cases metallic plates, cages and screws can be used to stabilize the joint.
Recovery and rehabilitation times are longer than with typical joint replacement procedures, sometime requiring a stay at a rehabilitation hospital.
For a referral to an orthopedic surgeon on the Baylor Plano medical staff call 1.800.4BAYLOR or visit BaylorHealth.com/PlanoOrtho.
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