Knee Revision Surgery

Physical therapist helps patient use resistance band


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.

Knee implants typically last 15 to 20 years


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:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels
  • Blood clots
Patient getting a procedure done


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.

During the Procedure

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.

After the Procedure

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.


Knee Revision Surgery Specialists

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 760W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 760W, Santa Monica, CA 90404

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 760W, Santa Monica, CA 90404