Knee Revision Surgery

Though knee replacement surgery is generally a very successful operation there are times when a knee replacement needs to be redone. This is known as a revision total knee.

The causes of revision total knee are:

  • Loosening. - This is where one of the parts of the knee loses its fixation to the bone. This usually leads to pain. The pain is most common with activity but can occur at rest.
  • Instability. - There are multiple causes for a knee to become unstable. An unstable knee may cause you to fall and if this is becoming a regular problem then surgery may be needed.
  • Infection. - Infection is a rare but devastating complication after THR. The infection is treated by a combination of surgery and antibiotics.
  • Fracture. - The bones around the implants can fracture because of falls or due to the bone becoming weaker with age.
  • Stiffness. - A stiff knee can either be treated by bending the knee in the operating theatre (if treated early) or revision surgery may occasionally be needed.

There are many other less common causes for a knee replacement to fail.

Knee Revision Surgery

Revision knee surgery involves removal of one or more of the components of the knee and their replacement with new components. The reasons for revision and the techniques used to perform the revision surgery are so diverse that these can be discussed at an individual level at your consultation.

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A multi-storey public car park is located at the western end of the main hospital building. Visitors should enter The Prince Charles Hospital via the Rode Rd entrance (please refer to the map of the hospital), and follow the signs to the public car parking facility.

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