The majority of patients who receive a hip replacement will retain the prosthesis for 15 to 20 years and sometimes for life. This is especially the case for elderly patients. However, some patients may need one or more revisions of a hip replacement. Revisions are most common in patients who had a total hip replacement at a young age and hip replacement patients who lead a very active life.
Depending on the damage to the hip prothesis and the circumstances, a hip revision can involve part or all of your previous hip replacment needing to be revised. Thus hip revision operations vary from minor adjustments to a more significant surgery. The surgery can vary from a simple liner exchange to changing one or all of the components of the previous hip replacement. Extra bone (cadavar bone) may be needed to compensate for any bone loss.
The most frequent reasons for hip revision arthroplasty include: