Revision Knee Replacement Surgery

Many knee replacement conditions can be treated through conservative methods, but some may require surgery to effectively relieve pain and restore function to the joint. Your doctor will decide which type of treatment is best for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition. Contact Us Today

Revision Knee Replacement Surgery in the Wayne, NJ Area

Since the late 1960s, countless Americans have undergone some form of knee replacement surgery, and many who have done so found relief from their chronic knee pain or injury. However, there’s always the possibility that these old knee replacements may fail, and when this happens, the resulting stiffness and inflammation can result in even worse symptoms than the patient initially had. Luckily, High Mountain Orthopedics offers revision knee replacement surgery for patients throughout the Wayne, area of New Jersey.

When to Consider a Revision Knee Replacement

While the replacement provided through corrective surgery is designed to last, the following factors can contribute to the need for revision knee replacement surgery:

  • Stiffness
  • Instability
  • Infection
  • Leg fractures
  • Gradual wear and tear
  • And more…

When these things happen, it’s important to seek the attention of High Mountain Orthopedics right away. Aside from alleviating potential lower body pain, it’s also a preventative measure that can ward off additional injury.

The Surgical and Recovery Process

To accurately diagnose your knee symptoms and determine whether you are a candidate for revision knee replacement surgery, our consultations begin with a series of X-rays and other diagnostic tools to determine the type of damage your present knee replacement has endured. Once the test results come back and indicate you are a candidate, our team will schedule a date for your corrective surgery. Here’s what you can expect from the procedure:

  1. The operating surgeon begins by removing your original implant.
  2. Once removed, they fill structural spaces that are missing material with bone grafts, which strengthen your bones with durable plastic or metal wedges, wires, or screws.
  3. A new knee implant is inserted and secured into your knee to complete the procedure.

This surgery typically takes two to three hours. As with any surgical procedure, the recovery period varies from patient to patient. During this time, your doctor will most likely prescribe a combination of physical therapy, pain medication, and possibly additional medical assistance once you return home. If you hold to the recovery plan laid out by your physician and our medical professionals and maintaining honest communication with your healthcare provider, you’ll be on your feet in no time.

Risks and Benefits of Revision Knee Replacement Surgery

Revising a fault knee replacement comes with a host of benefits, including the following:

  • Increased knee mobility
  • Comfortable lifestyle
  • Preventing additional damage

However, some patients experience negative side effects as a result of the surgery. These complications can include:

  • Blood clot or pulmonary embolism
  • Blood vessel or nerve damage
  • Fracturing near sit of operation
  • Increased bleeding
  • Infection

It’s also important to note that certain health conditions can be exacerbated by revision knee replacement, especially those involving the heart or lungs. If at any point after the surgery you experience any of the listed side-effects, or any persistent medical issues become worse, contact your primary care provider immediately.

Contact Us to Learn More about Revision Knee Replacement Surgery

Though they were made to last, not all knee replacements are made the same. With advances being made every day in the medical field, revision knee replacement surgery might be the best option for you. If you live in Wayne, or the surrounding areas and want to learn more about our procedure, contact High Mountain Orthopedics today to speak with one of our expert physicians.

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