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Replacing your old hip replacement with a new one
It is usually required when the original hip replacement has become damaged or dislodged, or has developed complications.
It is generally advised for hips to be replaced every 10 years, but for some patients this can be required sooner.
There are various reasons a hip replacement might need to be replaced such as:
A hip revision surgery will reduce any hip pain or discomfort that you may experience, and improve your ability to walk and move around.
Take this time with your consultant surgeon to ensure your mind is put at rest.
Depending on the reason why you need a hip revision, there are certain non-surgical alternatives:
The surgery has three stages:
The surgery might be more complicated if the bone is thin or broken or if you have an infection.
Specific complications of a hip revision surgery are:
Your consultant will advise you of all the potential complications and risks ahead of your surgery.
Please keep in mind that a hip revision or total hip replacement can fail with time.
Once home, you may need to take painkillers to help manage the pain. Also, you will need to use walking sticks, crutches or a walking frame for about four to six weeks.
Regular exercise following a hip revision should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible.
Before you start exercising, you should ask a member of the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
It is important to follow the advice your physiotherapist gives you about exercises to strengthen your hip muscles.
Making a good recovery depends on various factors such as age, reason why the revision was conducted, general health state, muscle strength.