Failure of Total Hip Replacement
The most common reasons total hip replacements need to be revised are in order, instability or dislocation of the prosthesis, mechanical loosening of the parts in the bone, and infection of the prosthesis.
Revision total hip replacement procedures were most commonly performed for Medicare patients age 75 – 84 years old.
The average length of stay for these patients in the hospital was 6 days and the average total charges were a staggering $54,500.
Revision total hip replacement surgery is among the most challenging procedures that we face.
It is really equivalent to doing 2 operations. The first is to remove the prosthetic components that were placed at the time of the original surgery and then to figure out what you could possibly use for replacement prosthetic components. In many patients the bone has been badly damaged by the process that caused the hip to fail in the first place.
Additionally the possibility for success is always somewhat lower than the original surgery.