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Advancements in medical technologies and refinement of surgical approaches ensure that patients can benefit from better outcomes with shorter recovery times and lower rates of prosthesis failure. Even in young patients a prosthesis can last a lifetime. Unfortunately in some cases the implant bearing can become worn and may need to be replaced. This is unlikely to occur before 15-20 years. Joint revision surgeries are generally very complex and challenging procedures as each case is unique. This is where our collaborative team approach combining the orthopaedic expertise of all partners at Cape Hip & Knee Practice is of benefit to you.

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Failure of a previous knee replacement may result from a combination of repetitive movement, poor bone health, loss of muscle or ligament strength. Persistent infection can also require implant exchange. The three most common causes include:

  • Loosening of prosthesis due to friction over time
  • Components break due to wear and tear
  • While infection is rare, when it does occur, revision surgery is required

While revision joint surgery is very complex, Cape Hip & Knee Practices' multidisciplinary, team approach helps to achieve the best possible outcome. The complexities of each case are evaluated by our team of orthopaedic surgeons prior to surgery at Life Orthopaedic hospital. As with all revision surgeries the risks are higher than with primary knee replacement operations and this includes infection, mechanical failure, blot clots and pain.

To help you prepare for your procedure read up more on what to expect and what the process involves by reading our article on pathway to surgery.