Knee replacements may last your entire life. However, in some cases, people develop problems with their knee replacements. These problems can stem from factors including:
- Normal wear and tear
- Replacement loosens away from the knee bone
- An infection in the implant that cannot be treated with antibiotics
- A fracture
- Unexplained pain or stiffness
Knee revision surgery corrects these problems by replacing the damaged knee implant with a healthy new one.
Knee Revision Surgery – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
The orthopaedic hip and knee replacement surgeons at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital have a tremendous amount of experience with revision surgeries. We perform many knee revisions each year, so no matter how complex your problems are, we can find a successful solution. First, we will discuss your condition with you and make sure you understand all of your surgical treatment options. We will choose an approach that will be most effective and appropriate for you. You will benefit from the unique services available only at Georgetown, which include:
- Sophisticated pain management program that helps minimize your pain due to surgery
- Advanced physical therapy program to get you moving as soon as you are ready and that will help you build strength as you recover
- Bloodless surgery program, which emphasizes techniques designed to reduce or eliminate the need for blood transfusions associated with your surgical procedure
Knee Revision Surgery Recovery
Recovery immediately following knee revision surgery includes managing your pain, bracing the joint, and beginning physical therapy exercises. You will continue physical therapy after leaving the hospital. You may need to use a cane or walker until you build up sufficient strength in the knee. Recovery time usually is about three months, but your doctor will discuss the specifics of your recovery process with you prior to your procedure.