Hip revision surgery involves the repair of a previously placed prosthesis, or artificial hip joint, allowing the joint to return to normal function. This type of surgery is common in cases of arthritis, infection or even normal wear and tear on the joint.
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Hip revision surgery can eliminate pain due to problems with the prosthesis. The surgery can also improve movement, strength and appearance.
Problems with hip revision surgery, as with any surgical procedure, can be caused by anaesthesia. Surgery may result in complications like injury, infection and stiffness, and in some cases further surgeries may be required.
Your doctor may recommend some equipment that is helpful in recovering from hip revision surgery. Suggested equipment may include shower seats, hand rails and raised toilet seats.
Initial recovery should take place about six months after surgery, and full recovery may be reached after completion of rehabilitation therapy as directed by your doctor. In the meantime, it is important to exercise and elevate the legs. Use of a walker may be recommended; remember that ordinary activities may be difficult.
Rehabilitation therapy is a necessary part of recovery that may be required for up to a year after surgery.
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