Total Knee Replacement Revision Surgery

by / Monday, 30 April 2018 / Published in Knee Pain, Knee Surgery

Despite the long-term success of Total Knee Replacement (TKR), in some case, it can fail over time due to various reasons. The most common reason for TKR failure is wearing out, dislocation and fracture of the replacement artificial joint. Any of these can cause your knee to become swollen, stiff, unstable and painful. If this happens to you or a loved one, a Total Knee Replacement Revision Surgery would be required.

Revision of Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement revision is a second surgery that is performed when the knee replacement fails. In the revision surgery, the doctor removes, totally or partially, the implant or artificial joint and replaces it with a new one.

In the first total knee replacement, the knee joint is replaced with an artificial implant, also known as prosthesis. This implant may be made of plastic and metal components. These can fail due to loosening or wearing out over time and due to other factors. If this happens, such components are replaced with new ones during a revision surgery.

Common Benefits of Total Knee Revision

The revision procedure generally has the same benefits as the primary Total Knee Revision. The primary benefits include –

  • increased function and stability
  • more efficient pain relief
  • faster recovery period
  • regain of previous mobility
  • getting back to performing normal activities