Revision Total Hip replacement

There are different reasons why patients may need a Revision Total Hip Replacement. It may be because the patient was relatively young when the original surgery was performed and the hip replacement has effectively worn out.

Other reasons include infection, dislocation and occasionally failure of the prosthesis used. The commonest reason for a revision is that the hip replacement has worn out and is now loose. Hip replacements wear out leading to bone loss around the implant with subsequent loosening.

This causes pain. The diagnosis can usually be made with X-rays, sometimes other scans are performed, e.g. a bone scan, CT scan or MRI scan. We also perform blood tests to rule out infection, and frequently we will draw some fluid off around the hip to send to the laboratory looking for evidence of infection.

   X-Ray of a dislocated THR


Revision surgery is more complex than having a primary Total Hip replacement performed and is associated with increased risks. The operation itself takes longer and recovery is often slower. Not all hip surgeons are qualified to carry out revision surgery. Most revision hip replacements will involve the use of specialist equipment, bone grafts taken from donors, and implants designed for revision procedures where there has been bone loss.

The risks are the same for that of a primary (first time) hip replacement, however the incidence of all is slightly higher.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

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