Revision Knee Replacement

Knee replacements have a life span of 10-15 years after which they tend to loosen. When this happens the knee becomes painful on exercise and revision surgery is often required. The old components are removed and a new knee is inserted. Revision surgery is more challenging than replacing an arthritic knee first time around. The operation takes longer (about 2 hours) and recovery is slower. Contrary to popular belief, however, there is no limit to the number of times a knee can be revised.

Post-operative x-rays of a revision knee replacement. Front view on the left, side view on the right