Knee replacements usually last for between 10 and 20 years. When they become damaged or worn out and need replacing, this procedure is known as knee revision surgery. You may need more than one revision knee surgery during your lifetime, particularly if you have a knee replacement at a young age.
The signs that you may need revision surgery typically include pain, stiffness, swelling and instability (your knee giving way). Sometimes we will only need to replace part of your original knee replacement, and in other cases we will need to replace the entire prosthesis to restore your previous levels of comfort and ability.
You will be given a general or spinal anaesthetic before your revision knee replacement, so you will be asleep throughout the procedure. During your operation, Mr Nirav Shah will remove parts of or all of your old knee replacement and replace it with a new prosthesis. When we remove the original implant it can sometimes cause damage to your bone, and we will then need to use a larger implant to create enough support.
Knee revision surgery is far more complex than a straightforward knee replacement, and a high level of skill and planning is needed for a successful outcome. Rest assured, Mr Shah is highly experienced in performing revision knee replacements and performs on average 20 knee revision operations every year.
After your knee revision surgery you will need to stay in hospital for a few days so we can monitor your progress and help you to gain confidence on your new knee. To help with this, you will be provided with two physiotherapy sessions, which will help you to learn how to use your new joint in the right way and build up your strength.
We always suggest that you continue to see a physiotherapist once you’ve been discharged for the best long-term results. After approximately six weeks, you will be able to start taking part in gentle exercise again.
Before your operation you will be provided with detailed aftercare advice, and we will explain everything you need to know about the procedure and what to expect after your operation. You may find that it takes you longer to recover from revision surgery, but this is perfectly normal.