The term “revision hip replacement” is used to describe when the original or “primary” hip replacement has worn out or fails due to dislocation, infection or other problems and needs to be replaced.
Revision hip replacement is much more complex than a primary hip replacement procedure as there is often a lesser amount of bone available to fit the new hip into. In some instances additional bone or artificial bone is required to allow a revision hip replacement.
Surgery for revision hip replacement is often done through the same incision as the primary hip replacement. It usually takes longer time to perform compared to the primary hip replacement and statistically has a slightly higher complication rate. The artificial joint (prosthesis) may not last as long as the prosthesis in a primary hip replacement.