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How Should I Prepare for Revision Hip Replacement Surgery?

Surgical procedures that involve replacing or fixing a prosthetic hip joint are usually more complicated than a patient’s original surgery. The recovery period after revision surgery is often longer, especially if the patient is older and weaker. How Should I Prepare Before My Revision Operation? According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, there are a few things you will need to do before your revision surgery. First, you will have an initial surgical appointment with your doctor. This consultation will include pre-operative X-rays, bone scans, a review of your medical and surgical history, a general physical examination, and a … Read More

Which Hip Implants Are Linked to Health Problems?

Hip replacement prosthetics are supposed to help patients relieve hip pain and improve mobility. Some hip replacement devices, specifically metal-on-metal, can lead to serious complications. The following metal-on-metal hip replacement implants are associated with an increased risk of metallosis, cobalt toxicity, pseudotumors, and eventual need for revision surgeries. DePuy Pinnacle. DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, manufactured Pinnacle hip implants. The company manufactured the metal-on-metal hip implant until 2013 (when they pulled it off the market but did not recall the device). Patients with DePuy Pinnacle implants report experiencing chromium-cobalt toxicity, chronic pain and other complications caused by … Read More

Is Revision Surgery the Only Treatment for a Defective Hip?

Metal-on-metal hip implants were once touted as a safe, effective and long-lasting treatment for hips that have been damaged by injury or some types of arthritis. These implants are supposed to last 10-15 years. Many patients receiving artificial hip implants are over the age of 55. But over time, these hip replacements can wear down, and patients that have received metal-on-metal implants, such as DePuy or Stryker models, can suffer a variety of painful side effects – some of which may start to manifest much earlier than they should. Unfortunately, many recipients of metal-on-metal hip implants may require revision surgery … Read More