Revision Hip Surgery/Replacement: What Is It?

Hip replacement surgery is a procedure that aids in the removal of damaged or injured parts of your hip joint. Sometimes this artificial prosthesis may fail for many reasons, requiring a revision hip replacement. 

Katy revision hip replacement procedure aids in the correction of any damage to your artificial hip. 

Revision Hip replacement

Revision hip replacement is a surgical procedure that is performed to repair or replace an artificial hip joint. 

Total hip replacement is one of the most successful procedures in orthopedic surgery, which enables you to resume your active lifestyle free from hip pain. However, these procedures can fail, requiring a secondary correction. 

Reasons for revision Hip replacement

Revision hip replacement is required when the previous hip replacement procedures fail, due to the following reasons:


  • Infection is the most common risk post any surgical procedure. 
  • Infection can occur during your recovery period or after several months or years following your surgery. 

Implant loosening 

  • Increased wear and tear over a period of time, and persistent stress due to high-intensity activities can loosen the artificial implant causing severe pain. 
  • The ball-shaped implant on the femoral head is the most affected part of the prosthesis.


  • You may fracture your hip due to road accidents or falls. 
  • If the impact is on the hip implant, it may cause bone fracture requiring secondary surgery. 


  • It occurs when the ball of your artificial hip is displaced from its original position in the socket. 
  • Revision surgery can help to align the hip joint and prevent it from moving out of place. 

Expectations from a revision hip replacement

A revision hip replacement is a more complex procedure than a total hip replacement. The procedure and the recovery time are typically longer. 


  • Your surgeon will administer general or regional anesthesia.
  • The damaged or injured parts of the original implant will be carefully removed, preserving as much bone as possible. 
  • If the implant is cemented to the bone, the cement will also be removed. 
  • Then the removed implant will be replaced with a specialized revision prosthesis.
  • If required your surgeon may replace the lost bone through metal augmentation or bone grafting. 

You are expected to stay in the hospital for several days while your hip joint heals.

Your surgeon will give the necessary instructions to be followed for a quick recovery. This includes:

  • Taking medications to reduce pain and prevent infection 
  • Following physical therapy 
  • Regular follow-ups
  • Avoiding strenuous physical activities 

It can be an emotional experience to undergo a surgical procedure for the second time. But, when performed by experienced orthopedic surgeons you can live a pain-free life.

Dr. David K Simson
The author, Dr. David K Simson is a trained radiation oncologist specializing in advanced radiation techniques such as intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT) / Rapid Arc, stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). He is also experienced in interstitial, intracavitary, and intraluminal brachytherapy.