Joint replacement surgeries, particularly of the hip or knee, are some of the most common procedures in the United States. Replacing your hips, knees, ankles, wrists, shoulders, and elbows with a ceramic, metal, or plastic prosthesis can extend the life of a painful, worn out or injured joint. However, these surgeries do not last forever.
Today’s modern joint replacement surgeries are expected to last 20 years or more. That’s good news for today’s orthopedic patients but for those that received the surgery a decade ago, the results may not be as long-term. Some of the most common reasons to need joint revision surgery include:
- Joint instability
- Mechanical loosening of the joint
- Wear of the polyethylene (durable plastic material between the metal)