When joint implants become damaged or otherwise impaired, it may be necessary to perform a procedure to repair them. This form of procedure is known as revision surgery. It may be used to address concerns with previously implanted replacement joints. Infection and wear and tear are two common reasons an implant may need replacing. However, it’s also possible for an implant to fail and loosen, requiring a revision surgery to repair or replace it. Dr. Hernandez provides revision surgery for his patients throughout southern California.
When your implant is experiencing a concern that requires revision surgery, it’s important to have a skilled orthopaedic surgeon like Dr. Hernandez there to help you. His skill and expertise will ensure that the revision surgery is successful and you can enjoy the benefits of a fully functional implant quickly and confidently. There are four basic categories of revision surgery, including:
- Infection Management – When infection is a concern, Dr. Hernandez will use revision surgery to treat it directly. This can include using debridement to remove infected portions of the bone and using antibiotics to address the infection directly.
- Implant Component Replacement – When only a portion of the implant has failed, the revision surgery will focus on replacing those damaged components. The replacement part will be held in place with bone cement, or a bone growth medium will be used to ensure stability.
- Complete Implant Removal and Replacement – This approach is taken when the entirety of the joint needs to be replaced. This can result from damage, loosening, or an advanced infection. The existing components will be removed, and a new implant will be set in place after the area has been re-prepared.
- Complex Revision – This term is used when the revision requires advanced techniques, including bone grafts or augmentation, to address bone loss or insufficient durability in the surrounding area.
The specifics of your revision surgery will be dependent on the details of your case and concern. Every revision is designed to handle the specific challenges the patient faces and their goals upon recovery. The specifics of your recovery are as individual as the revision surgery itself. You may require a hospital stay to ensure that you’re healing properly. Even after your stay, there will be a need for wound care and a series of follow-up appointments to ensure that you recover properly. During the recovery period, you may need to make some lifestyle modifications and exhibit patience as you rest and complete your recovery.
When you meet with Dr. Hernandez to discuss the details of your revision surgery, you’ll undergo a full examination. This will include discussing your symptoms and medical history and performing diagnostic imaging to determine the extent of the concern. Together, you’ll decide on the best approach to take and determine all the details of the revision surgery. Through robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery and the expertise of Dr. Hernandez, you’ll be certain to receive exceptional results that leave you satisfied. Call our offices at 805-497-7015 today to schedule your consultation.