Revision Hip Replacement


About Revision Hip Replacement surgery


Revision Hip Replacement surgery occurs when a patient has already been fitted with an implant and the implant has failed, become loose or may have simply worn out. After consultation the surgeon may recommend that the patient be fitted with a new prosthesis or that they may need to replace some parts of the current prosthesis.


Do I need Revision Hip Replacement Surgery?


This varies from patient to patient. The hip pain can become unmanageable, usually due to the polyethylene liner in the socket being worn away by grinding of the femoral head. Plastic particles may then escape around the back of the components causing them to loosen from the surrounding bone and cause pain. Other reasons for revision hip replacement surgery are;

  • Infection
  • Fracture
  • Soft tissue irritation around the components
  • Recurrent Dislocation
  • Reaction to metal-on-metal hip replacement

What are the risks of a revision hip replacement?


As with any surgery, there are risk factors that need to be considered before deciding to undergo a medical procedure. Because a revision hip replacement is longer and more complex than a standard hip replacement it has a greater risk of complication. This all needs to be consider prior to making any decision.

  • Infection
  • Blood Clots
  • Dislocation
  • Leg Length Inequality
  • Heterotopic Ossification – new bone may form where it is not normally present
  • Fractures
  • Loose Joint
  • Nerve Damage



Next steps


Speak with your GP or family doctor about your condition and get a referral to see Mr Barnes.


Mr Barnes has a special interest in worn out or painful hip replacements. The challenging nature of a revision hip replacement motivates Mr Barnes during each operation.

At your first consultation a series of specialised investigations to diagnose the reason for your painful replacement will be organised and then your treatment options can be discussed and planned.