Each year, thousands of people manage to regain mobility and lead a pain-free life thanks to knee replacement surgery. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are carried out in the UK annually.
While most of these surgeries run smoothly, for various reasons, some patients may experience issues with their new knee. That’s where knee replacement revision surgery comes in.
Here we’ll explore why you may need a revision surgery, and what happens before and after the procedure.
Why you may need a knee replacement revision surgery
The most common reasons you may need a knee replacement revision include:
- Natural wear and tear
- Loosening of the replacement
Knee replacements aren’t designed to last forever. They typically last between 10 and 20 years, eventually giving way to wear and tear. As people live longer now, there’s been an increased demand for knee replacement revision procedures.
As well as general wear and tear, occasionally the replacement can loosen. This is easily identified through an X-ray. The plastic component may also wear down, leading to discomfort and reduced functionality.
Whatever the reason, a revision surgery can help patients to get back to living a pain-free life. It benefits from a high success rate, but it can be quite a complex procedure compared to the original replacement.
What happens before a knee replacement revision surgery?
Before having a knee replacement revision surgery, you’ll need to undergo an assessment. It starts with a physical examination, assessing how well the knee bends and its overall functionality. Imaging tests, such as X-rays, help pinpoint the specific issues with the replacement. Blood tests may also be conducted to rule out any underlying health concerns.
After the surgery, a rehabilitation and recovery plan will be provided. Following the surgeon’s aftercare instructions is crucial to ensure best results. This typically includes instructions for keeping the wound clean, partaking in physical therapy, and when you can get back to physical activities.
Other than revision surgery, are there other treatment options?
Depending on the specific issues identified, various approaches can be explored to address the challenges faced by knee replacement. This could range from non-invasive interventions to surgical procedures aimed at rectifying the underlying problems.
In some cases, revision surgery becomes the most viable option to restore optimal function and eliminate any pain the patient is experiencing. This involves removing all or part of the components of the replacement that have failed or are damaged.
If you have had a total knee replacement and are worried about pain, swelling, clunking or feeling unstable then do come and see Mr Punwar for a detailed review.