Total knee replacement is one of the most successful procedures in all of medicine. In the vast majority of cases, it enables people to live richer, more active lives free of chronic knee pain.
- Over time, however, a knee replacement may fail for a variety of reasons such as implant wear and loosening may require a revision procedure to replace the original components. When this occurs, your knee can become painful and swollen. It may also feel stiff or unstable, making it difficult to perform your everyday activities.
- In this case, your doctor may recommend that you have a second surgery—revision total knee replacement. In this procedure, your doctor removes some or all of the parts of the original prosthesis and replaces them with new ones.
- It is a longer, more complex procedure that requires extensive planning, and specialized implants and tools to achieve a good result.