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What is a hip replacement revision?

A hip replacement revision removes a previously implanted artificial hip joint, called a prosthesis, and replaces it with a new one. Hip prostheses can become infected and inflamed, dislocated, or loosened by wear and tear. Your surgeon may recommend a hip replacement revision if this happens. A hip replacement revision can restore pain-free range of motion and function in a damaged hip prosthesis.

A hip replacement revision is major surgery with serious risks and potential complications. You may have less invasive treatment options. Consider getting a second opinion about all of your treatment choices before having a hip replacement revision. 

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 7, 2013

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