Total Hip Revision Surgery | MedStar Health

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To perform a total hip revision, a surgeon must have advanced training and years of experience in the orthopedic field. Our orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Health have the necessary expertise and surgical skill that you can trust to correct your condition and get you back to a healthier life. We use state-of-the-art techniques to ensure that you have a safe and successful recovery. Our surgeons are all fellowship-trained and can treat all hip conditions, from the simplest to the most complex. Our hospital network is proud to offer tertiary care, giving our patients access to a wide range of multidisciplinary support systems that can address any need that may arise during your hip revision procedure.

What is total hip revision surgery?

Hip replacements are designed to last your entire life. However, replacements can wear out due to natural use over time or due to an infection that develops in nearby tissues. Hip revision surgery removes old hip implants that are causing discomfort and replaces them with a new artificial joint. At MedStar Health, we offer advanced approaches, using innovative technologies that address the most complex hip conditions.

Why is total hip revision performed?

You may be a good candidate if the original joint replacement:

  • Loosens

  • Breaks

  • Wears out over time

  • Becomes infected

  • Dislocates

  • Causes severe pain

What does total hip revision surgery involve?

Surgery requires our experienced orthopedic surgeons to reconstruct your hip after it shows signs of wearing, causes pain, becomes infected, or has another issue. Sometimes called a total hip arthroplasty revision, the procedure often uses a bone graft from the patient’s own body. During the procedure, any loose, damaged, or infected portions of the original artificial hip replacement are removed and replaced with a new, sturdy hip joint.

Hip replacement infections

If a joint replacement becomes infected, the health of the joint and limb — and your overall health — become an immediate concern. Not all orthopedic specialists are trained to manage and treat infected total joints. At MedStar Health, our surgeons appropriately manage and aggressively treat infections. This often requires removal of the total joint implant and a course of antibiotics, followed by revision hip replacement. This approach is critical for removing the bacteria from your system and maximizing your overall health and outcome.

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What does total hip revision surgery recovery involve?

During recovery, your physician will work with you to develop a recovery and rehabilitation plan that is personalized to your needs. The plan will begin during your hospital stay and will continue until you are entirely healed. Usually, physical therapy and strength exercises are used in conjunction with education about your new hip and prescription pain medication, when needed. The full recovery process will take time, similar to your original hip replacement procedure. This requires your participation for a full and successful recovery.

In addition, MedStar Health will assign you a Patient Care Coordinator (PaCC), who will support you throughout your recovery. Your PaCC will:

  • Provide patient and family education

  • Manage your transitions to each level of care

  • Ensure a safe discharge plan that meets all of your medical needs and preferences

What are the benefits of undergoing total hip revision?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after surgery:

  • Pain relief

  • Restored range of motion

  • Improved hip strength

  • Ability to bear weight on the hip for longer periods of time

  • Ability to return to normal activities

  • Access to a multidisciplinary network of physicians

  • High quality care for simple and complex joint conditions

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