There are conditions where a Primary joint replacement needs to be revised. When a patient has the intial joint replaced, the procedure is considered a Primary joint replacement. When a second surgical procedure is necessary, this is referred to as a Revision Joint Replacement Surgery.
The procedure involves removal of some or all of the parts of the original joint replacement components and replace with new components. These procedures have the same goals—to relieve pain and improve function and quality of life—revision surgery is different than primary total hip replacement. Revision joint replacement is a longer, more complex procedure. It requires extensive planning, as well as the use of specialized implants and tools, in order to achieve a good result.
The most common revision surgeries involve knee and hip replacements. Dr. Buechel also does revision joint replacements on ankles and shoulders, when indicated.