Active Joints Orthopedics
Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Englewood, NJ
Knee and hip replacement surgeries transform the lives of thousands of people every year, but in some instances, the replacement joints don’t last as long as they should. If you’re experiencing pain or reduced mobility in a replacement joint, David N. Feldman, MD, of Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey, is a highly qualified, pioneering orthopedic surgeon who specializes in complex joint surgeries such as knee revisions. Call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or use the online booking tool.
Knee Revisions Q & A
What are knee revisions?
Knee revisions are a form of surgery that Dr. Feldman carries out if you already have a knee replacement and it’s beginning to cause problems.
Knee and hip replacement surgeries are highly successful procedures that improve the lives of millions of people every year by relieving pain and increasing mobility. However, in some cases, knee and hip replacements fail, causing pain and loss of movement.
If your original knee or hip replacement prosthetic needs new parts or total replacement, Dr. Feldman can carry out revision surgery to remove the sections causing the problem and fit new parts.
Knee and hip revision surgeries are more complex than the original procedure, requiring an exceptional level of orthopedic surgical expertise. Dr. Feldman is an outstanding orthopedic surgeon with many years of experience in carrying out successful knee and hip revisions and is ideally qualified to perform your operation.
Why would my original knee replacement fail?
Most people live long and happy lives with their knee replacements, but occasionally something can go wrong, most often due to causes such as:
- Taking part in high-impact activities
- Degeneration of the plastic spacer in the prosthesis
- Having knee replacement surgery at a young age
- Excess scar tissue around the implant
- Ligament damage causing instability
Some patients develop osteolysis, which develops when the immune system responds to the presence of tiny particles in the prosthesis by attacking the foreign matter. The attack also damages bones connected to the implant causing them to deteriorate, resulting in a loose joint.
How is knee revision surgery carried out?
It takes Dr. Feldman 2-3 hours to carry out knee revision surgery. First, he has to identify and remove the faulty parts of your original prosthesis from your knee and check the surrounding tissues for any sign of infection.
Dr. Feldman then has to remove any bone cement remaining from the original procedure and prepare the surfaces of the bones for the new implant, which can be a painstaking process. He then inserts the revision implant and repairs the soft tissues.
Following surgery, you stay in the hospital for a few days, and then you need to rest and recuperate at home.
If you have a replacement knee or hip that’s causing you problems, call Active Joints Orthopedics today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Feldman, or book an appointment online.
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