Patient Care : Complex Revisions

Joint Revision Surgery

Joint replacement surgery is undoubtedly one of the greatest medical advances of our time. Hip and knee replacements have been performed in millions of Americans over the last four decades. These procedures have improved patients’ quality of life by easing pain, improving range of motion, and increasing activity levels.

Currently, over 800,000 hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States annually a number of these procedures have been performed right here at the University of Miami Hospital. Although joint replacement surgery has been amazingly successful, approximately ten percent of implants will fail and require a second procedure, called revision, to remove the old implants and replace them with new components.

Joint revision surgery is a complex procedure that requires extensive preoperative planning, specialized implants and tools, and mastery of difficult surgical techniques to achieve a good result. Complex joint revisions require the expertise experiences joint replacement surgeons.