Even with the most successful primary total knee arthroplasty, there may come a time when a patient requires knee revision surgery. Current estimates indicate approximately 10% of all total knee arthroplasty surgery done each year is to revise part or all of a previously done knee replacement.Â The most common reasons for failure and subsequent revision are for pain from an implant that has loosened from the supporting bone, for instability problems or for the devastating development of an infection in the artificial joint.Â In all cases the affected implant will be removed and a new, more complex implant will be needed to solve the problem.
Successful Revision Total Knee Arthroplasty Surgery at theÂ Zehr Center
Revision total knee arthroplasty is becoming a more needed solution to the pain of a failing joint replacement. Most pain in a well done total knee replacement arthroplasty does not constitute the need for a revision and can be handled by more conservative measures. It should be noted that many orthopaedic surgeons will not even attempt to tackle the complexities of revision total knee arthroplasty as it is technically demanding and carries a higher risk of complication or failure than does a first time joint replacement.
Dr. Zehr is highly experienced and skilled in these complex joint revision surgeries.