Revision Hip Replacement

Total Joint Replacement Surgery Los Angeles

Despite significant improvements in surgical techniques and implant development, joint replacements often require surgical revision for a variety of reasons. Because of bone loss, scarring, and soft tissue compromise, revisions are more complicated and challenging than the original joint replacement. As a procedure, joint revision surgery is similar to the methodology used for joint tumors. For that reason, Dr. Daniel C. Allison and his Los Angeles team are often called upon to treat joint replacement failures.

Dr. Allison has extensive experience in the treatment of musculoskeletal structures, which makes him exceptionally qualified in treating complex fractures and degenerative joints of the hip, knee, and shoulder. He provides exceptional care through advanced reconstructive joint surgery and arthroscopic procedures supported by a multi-disciplinary team of orthopedic experts. To schedule a consultation with our orthopedic surgeons in Los Angeles, call (310) 730-8008 and learn more about how a joint replacement revision can help you today.

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Symptoms and Diagnosis

Revision hip replacement could be a salvage treatment for severe, destructive disorders of the hip joint or a fracture near the implanted device. Conditions which often cause joint destruction are:

  • Trauma
  • Synovial tumors
  • Degeneration (“wear and tear”)
  • Inflammatory arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus)

Prior Hip Replacement Surgery Failure

Symptoms indicating a joint replacement failure can include:

  • Inability to bear weight on affected leg
  • Swelling or bruising around the hip
  • One leg with shorter appearance
  • Pain around the hip

Revision hip replacements often involve repair of the component implanted in the femur. However, over time, repeated wear or thinning bones may have caused loosening of the femoral stem section of the implant.

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Treatment Decisions

For a hip replacement and depending on the patient, Dr. Allison often performs arthroplasty, a surgical procedure replacing diseased bone or damaged hip implant with another device. Before deciding upon a treatment plan, he first evaluates the condition of the joint and implant as well as a patient’s medical health. Our revision hip replacement specialists frequently treats cancer patients and often, a damaged hip joint could be attributed to a metastasized tumor.

Total joint replacement involves resection of the entire cartilage surfaces and their replacement with metal and plastic. These pieces can be secured through cementation with medical bone cement or through immediate press-fit followed by delayed bone ingrowth.

For revision hip replacements, Dr. Allison is one of a handful of surgeons who performs the direct anterior method. The result is less damage and trauma to the soft issues around the hip, quicker recovery time, and better support to the hip structure overall.

Learn more about this total joint surgery from WebMD.com.

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Los Angeles’s Dr. Daniel C. Allison has the specialized expertise of an orthopedic oncologist and uniquely qualified to treat cancer and the musculoskeletal structures it affects. He is renowned for limb preservation techniques, and leading multi-disciplinary oncology teams to coordinate the type of integrated medical plan sarcomas require. Call today to schedule a personal consultation at (310) 730-8008.

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