Knee Revision Surgery
What is Knee Revision Surgery?
Knee revision surgery is a procedure in which some or all of a prosthetic originally implanted in the knee needs to be replaced. Knee revision surgery is a more complex procedure than an original knee replacement and requires specilized expertise, implants and equipment to attain a good result.
Why Knee Revision Surgery
Total knee replacement typically has a high success rate and good outcomes. Over time, however, a knee prosthetic may fail, leading to pain, swelling, stiffness or instability, indicating the need for replacement. It is estimated that knee implants typically last 15 to 20 years, so patients undergoing knee replacement at a younger age have higher chances of needing a revision. In some cases, complications may also necesitate revision of a more recent knee replacement.
Potential Risks and Complications
While our team implements the latest safety protocols, no surgery is without risk. As a complex surgery, knee revision surgery has a higher chance of complications. These may include:
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Blood clots
Preparing for Knee Revision Surgery
In addition to X-rays, your orthopedist may order a bone scan, CT or MRI imaging to visualize the position and condition of your prosthesis. Joint replacement classes are provided both online and in person at Providence.
What to Expect
What to Expect
Your multidisciplinary care team includes surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
Your surgery will be performed under regional or general anesthesia and will last approximately 1-3 hours. During the surgery, your orthopedist will remove the failed knee implant and reconstruct the new knee with augments, stems, and specialized revision components.
Immediately following surgery, you will be given pain medication as needed as as well antibiotics and a method of preventing blood clots. A brace is sometimes used to protect the knee after surgery.
A walker or crutches may be necessary to assist with mobility for a period of time following discharge. Physical therapy will be needed for up to three months post-surgery. Mild swelling may occur and last from three to six months. Elevating the leg and applying an ice pack can help reduce any swelling that may occur.