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Revision total knee replacement is an operation to take out your old knee replacement and put in a new one (see figure 1).
A knee replacement can fail for the following reasons.
You should be able to walk better and do more of your normal activities.
Surgery is the only treatment for a knee replacement that is failing.
If your knee replacement keeps coming out of joint, you can wear a brace.
If you have an infection, you can sometimes prevent your knee replacement from failing by taking antibiotics.
If you have a fracture, you can sometimes have an operation to fix the fracture, without changing your knee replacement.
Various anaesthetic techniques are possible.
Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your knee. They will remove your knee replacement and any cement.
Your surgeon will put in a new knee replacement. This is fixed into the bone using acrylic cement.
The type of surgery you need can be more complicated if you have an infection, or the bone is thin or broken.
You should be able to go home after 4 to 7 days.
You will need to use crutches or walking sticks for a few weeks.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
A revision total knee replacement can fail with time.
If your original knee replacement fails, you can usually have another operation to do your knee replacement again. If this revision operation is successful, you should be able to continue many of your normal activities.
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Author: Mr Stephen Milner DM FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)
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