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Revision Joint Replacement

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Updated March 02, 2009

Definition: A revision joint replacement means that surgery must be done to replace a worn out joint replacement. Also called revision arthroplasty, revision joint replacement is often more complicated with less predictable results.

Reasons a revision joint replacement may need to be performed include worn-out implants, infection of a replaced joint, and instability or malpositioning of an implanted joint.

Because of the many different reasons a revision joint replacement may need to be done, every aspect of the surgery must be treated on an individual basis. Therefore, you must discuss these procedures at length with your surgeon. Not all revision joint replacements require the replacement of all parts of the implanted joint. In some cases, parts of the original implant may still be in perfect condition while others may need to be replaced.

Also Known As: Revision arthroplasty
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