Fall or accident
With aging comes weakening bones and a higher likelihood of injury from falling. If you fall on your implant or experience any accident, come see your surgeon to make sure everything looks ok.
Although modern implants can last upwards of 20 years, being overweight will wear your joints out faster.
Involvement in high-impact sports
Many joint replacement patients can happily return to the sports they love. But those who participate heavily in high-impact sports that involve a lot of running may need a revision surgery down the road. This level of impact on an implant can wear it out or loosen it faster.
History of infection
Post-op infection rarely occurs, especially at our surgery facility. But if you get an infection either soon after surgery or years down the road, you will likely need a revision. Contact your surgeon immediately if you notice significant swelling, tenderness, and redness around your joint.
Find a Skilled Surgeon
Revision surgeries are more complicated and require greater surgical skill. If you need a revision surgery, it’s important that you find a surgeon who has significant experience in complex revision surgeries. Many orthopedic surgeons know the joint replacement surgery process, but only perform them a few times a year. Our surgeons can perform the same joint replacement surgery 10 times in a day. This is why we recommend you find a surgeon who specializes in joint replacement and treats the same conditions all day, every day.