Hip Revision

Introduction

A hip revision involves surgically removing an older prosthesis, from a prior hip replacement surgery, and replacing it with a new one. Prosthetic hip implants often last 20 or more years and many patients go their entire lives without the need for a hip revision. However, prosthetics can wear out and in those cases a hip revision is necessary.

If an orthopedic surgeon suspects that there is an issue with a hip replacement, a number of imaging tests, such as X-rays, CT scans, or MRIs, will be performed. These diagnostic tests show the surgeon the position and condition of the hip and prosthetic implants so they can determine if there is a need for revision surgery.

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