Just as your natural knee or hip may wear down over time, so can the replacement parts. If you have an artificial hip or knee joint that needs some or all of its parts replaced, Ugo Ihekweazu, MD, offers revision hip and knee replacement surgery to Houston area patients. To learn more about upgrading your replacement hip or knee joint, call the office or use the online scheduler to make an appointment.
If you’ve undergone a hip replacement surgery, your surgeon replaced your femoral head with an artificial one that has a stem that goes down into your femur. In addition to this component, your surgeon also placed a metal socket into your hip, which houses your new femoral head.
As you’ve enjoyed years of renewed and pain-free movement in your hips, bear in mind that these artificial parts undergo the same wear and tear as your original hip joint, which means the parts can begin to weaken and fail with extended use.
When this happens, Dr. Ihekweazu goes back in to revise the original surgery and replace any worn-down components with new ones, restoring the joint for another long period.
During a knee replacement surgery, your surgeon replaces the surfaces of your femur, tibia, and patella with metal implants and plastic parts. Like most equipment, these components provide you with years of good service, but are also prone to the same wear and tear as your original joint. This means that parts may become worn down or loose, requiring surgical intervention again.
Dr. Ihekweazu performs revision knee surgery using innovative techniques and replaces the necessary components in order to get you back on your feet without pain again.
If your bones have weakened over time, or they were compromised by the original replacement surgery, Dr. Ihekweazu may need to use special replacement parts that hold their positions better by going deeper into your bone.
After your hip or knee replacement, Dr. Ihekweazu follows up with you regularly to monitor your new joint. In most cases, your replacement joints go the distance, but if you had them replaced early on, you may outlive their ability to perform.
The most common signs that there may be something wrong with your replacement joint include:
In some scenarios, a fracture or infection can occur in your joint, in which case Dr. Ihekweazu needs to take a look to see if there’s any damage to your original replacement.
For expert knee and hip revision surgeries, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to request an appointment.