Chronic hip pain may signify severe damage in your hip joint due to an injury or infection. Although hip replacement restores motion in the joint, it cannot last a lifetime. After 10-15 years, you may need a new prosthesis to facilitate your movement. Dr. Siram and his team optimize the quality of your life by offering Chevy Chase hip revision surgery to restore movement in your hip joint.
Why you should consider hip revision surgery
Hip revision surgery is a procedure that repairs a hip prosthesis that has been damaged due to wear and tear or an infection. The procedure restores normal movement within the hip joint. Artificial implants are an excellent way of restoring movement in hip joints damaged by arthritis or a severe injury, but they don’t last forever. The life span of a replacement joint is approximately 10-15 years, depending on the pressure exerted on the joint.
After this period, the prosthesis may not be as effective as in the beginning, and that is when your provider may recommend hip revision surgery. Younger adults are more likely to need hip revision surgery earlier than expected due to their physically active lifestyle. Dr. Siram has years of experience providing hip revision surgery and guarantees optimal movement o your hip joint after the procedure.
What to expect during the initial consultation
During your initial appointment, Dr. Siram completes your hip evaluation before recommending treatment. He uses advanced imaging to identify the damaged prosthesis and examine the surrounding bone and tissue for any damage. Your provider may also withdraw fluid from your hip joint or run blood work to rule out the possibility of an infection. After diagnosis, the team may clear you for surgery and give you a few preparation tips. They may advise making a few changes around the house and arranging for a trusted relative or friend to help you during recovery. You may need to stop smoking to minimize your surgery risk and quicken your recovery.
What to expect during hip revision surgery
According to medical experts, hip revision surgery is more complex than hip replacement surgery and may last several hours. The procedure involves removing the damaged artificial hip joint and replacing it with a new one. In severe cases, you may need several hip revision surgeries to restore optimal movement in your hip. In such cases, the first surgery involves removing the damaged prosthesis and treating the joint with antibiotics. The subsequent surgery involves providing a new prosthesis.
After the procedure, Dr. Siram may recommend therapy or specific medicines to prevent blood clots. You may also need to do ankle pumps three days after your surgery and wear special stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis. He may also provide patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) to relieve your pain. Depending on your wound closure method, your provider may schedule an appointment to remove the sutures. If you experience pimples or bumps, increased redness, drainage at the incision, or swelling, inform your doctor before the suture removal appointment. In approximately six months, you should be able to walk comfortably without pain.
To explore more about hip revision surgery, call Dr. Siram or schedule an appointment online.