For most patients, knee replacement procedures remain effective for 20+ years. Because knee replacement is often performed on older individuals, these implants are likely to remain functional throughout the patients’ lifetimes. However, with an increasing number of younger patients undergoing partial and total knee replacement, orthopedic surgeons sometimes need to perform revision knee surgery to replace a failing implant. If you think you may be a candidate for revision knee surgery, don’t hesitate to contact La Peer Health Systems’ Knee Surgery Center of Excellence. Our board-certified orthopedic surgeons specialize in state-of-the-art knee joint revision surgery procedures to get patients back on their feet faster.
Revision Knee Surgery Candidate Risk Factors
Certain individuals may be at a higher risk of requiring revision knee surgery to replace failing implants. If you meet one of more of the following criteria, or if you’re experiencing knee pain and immobility, you should schedule a consultation with a board-certified member of our team.
1. Patients Who Are Younger or Especially Active
Patients who undergo knee replacement as teens or younger adults are more likely to require revision knee surgery at some point in their lives. Because the average lifespan of an implant is 10 to 20 years, younger patients are more likely to experience implant wear and tear that affects their ability to perform activities without pain. Additionally, younger knee replacement patients tend to be more active and athletic. Frequent exercise and activity can put a greater strain on implants and eventually necessitate revision surgery.
2. Patients Who Are Obese
Because the amount of weight placed on an implant affects the length of time it remains functional, patients who are obese are more likely to require revision knee surgery than those who are not. Following a healthy diet and exercise regimen may help knee replacement patients avoid over-stressing their implants and reduce the need for follow-up treatments.
3. Patients with Inflammatory Arthritis
Although knee replacement can offer profound relief for patients with inflammatory arthritis, these individuals may need to undergo revision knee surgery at some point in their lives due to gradual loosening of the implants.
Procedure for Revision Knee Surgery
Understanding how revision knee surgery works may help ease your anxiety about undergoing the procedure. During surgery, one of our expert orthopedic surgeons will create a small incision to open the knee joint. After removing the prostheses and any damaged bone, the surgeon can reshape the bone for the new implant. He or she will then fit together the tibial and femoral prostheses components and close the incision. Maintaining a rigorous physical therapy routine is crucial for reducing pain and regaining knee function after surgery.
Contact the Knee Surgery Center of Excellence
Proper knee function is essential for a patient’s ability to walk, exercise and generally enjoy life. If a failing knee implant is affecting your mobility, or causing you pain or stiffness, please feel free to call the Knee Surgery Center at (888) 429-6865. Our goal is to help all of our patients to live healthy, active lives.
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