Revision Surgery Specialist

Southern Joint Replacement Institute

Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Surgeon located in Nashville, TN

Over time, joint replacements can wear out or become loose. If a joint replacement begins to fail, experienced orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey T. Hodrick, MD, and the experts at Southern Joint Replacement Institute in Nashville, Tennessee, offer advanced surgeries to replace the failing joint and restore pain-free movement. To learn more about joint replacement revision surgery, contact the office or book an appointment online.

Revision Surgery Q & A

What is revision surgery?

Though total joint replacements are some of the most successful surgeries performed, sometimes the artificial joint can fail. Revision surgery is a procedure to replace an artificial hip, knee, or shoulder replacement if the original joint replacement fails. 

During revision surgery, Dr. Hodrick removes the old artificial joint and replaces it with a new joint. Revision surgery typically is more complex and may require additional time to require. Dr. Hodrick is specially trained to diagnose and perform revision joint replacements.

Who may need revision surgery?

You may need revision surgery if you previously had a joint replacement and begin to experience:

  • Pain in the joint
  • Swelling in the joint
  • Difficulty moving the joint
  • Joint feels loose or unstable

You may be more likely to need revision surgery if you were under the age of 50 when you received your first joint replacement, as the joint may wear out over time. You may also be at an increased risk for revision surgery if you’re overweight.


What causes joint replacements to fail?

Joint replacements may fail for different reasons. 

One common reason is that friction between the artificial joint and the bone causes microscopic particles to break away from the joint. The body tries to get rid of these particles, but cannot. As the body tries to dispose of the particles, the glue holding the joint together may wear away, causing the joint replacement to become loose.

Rarely, an infection in the joint causes damage and pain. It may require taking out the artificial joint and replacing it with new, uninfected parts.

Injuries to the joint, such as fractures, can also damage your artificial joint. If this occurs, you may need a new joint to restore movement.

What causes joint replacements to fail?

Revision surgeries require more careful planning and experience than joint replacements. To ensure you get the best results, you should choose a surgeon who has years of experience performing revisions and performs many revisions each year.

At Southern Joint Replacement Institute, you can rely on Dr. Hodrick’s’ expertise. To learn if revision surgery is right for you, contact our office or book an appointment online.

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