Knee revision surgery

There are various reasons why joint replacements can be revised:

  • Infection
  • Peri-prosthetic bone fracture
  • Severe residual pain (persistent ligament or tendon irritation)
  • Severe implant wear
  • Implant loosening
  • Recurrent dislocation (patella)
  • Adverse reaction to wear debris (originating from the artificial articular surface)
  • Implant breakage (extremely rare)

Knee revision surgery is usually a complex surgery necessitating the removal of previous implants, correction of bone loss using bone-graft or bone-substitute, and reconstruction of your joint using massive implants. A posterior approach is systematically used as it is the most reliable for revision surgery.

Knee revision surgery is a time-consuming, technically demanding surgery with complications rate being approximately 8%, three times higher compared to primary joint replacement.

The sooner Charles diagnoses a complication of your joint replacement, the sooner and easier the revision surgery will be, and the better results you will have. This is why Charles wants to review your joint replacement at regular intervals after your surgery – even if you feel perfectly well!

After surgery, you might be asked to partial bear for a couple of weeks in order to protect the reconstruction and promote implant integration in your bone.