Revision Knee Replacement
Sarah’s 20-Year Journey
As you will hear in the interview above, Sarah’s trouble started with a running injury as she was preparing for a potential Olympic bid. A timeline for Sarah’s knee trouble and eventual revision knee replacement.
- Running Injury at Age 19
- “Countless” Arthroscopies (10+)
- Total Knee Replacement 2014
- Revision Knee Replacement Spring 2020
- Rehab and Recovery Summer 2020
Dr. Robert Ference
Dr. Ference performs approximately 1,000 minimally invasive knee replacement surgeries every year.
To learn more about Dr. Robert Ference and his surgery practice in Southeast Michigan, click here: Great Orthopedic Surgeons
What is a Revision TKA?
Revision Knee Replacement means that part or all of your previous knee replacement needs to be revised. This operation varies from very minor adjustments to massive operations replacing significant amounts of bone. The typical knee replacement replaces the ends of the femur (thigh bone) and tibia (shin bone) with plastic inserted between them and usually the patella (knee cap).
Causes for a Revision
Pain is the primary reason for revision. Usually the cause is clear but not always. Knees without an obvious cause for pain in general do not do as well after surgery.
Plastic (polyethylene) wear – This is one of the easier revisions where only the plastic insert is changed.
Instability – This means the knee is not stable and may be giving way or not feel safe when you walk.
Loosening of either the femoral, tibial or patella component – This usually presents as pain but may be asymptomatic. It is for this reason why you must have your joint followed up for life as there can be changes on X-ray that indicate that the knee should be revised despite having no symptoms.
Infection – usually presents as pain but may present as swelling or an acute fever.
Osteolysis (bone loss). This can occur due to particles being released into the knee joint that result in bone being destroyed.
Stiffness – This is difficult to improve with revision but can
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The X10 Meta-Blog
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