Robotic Revision Knee Replacement
When might I need a revision of my total knee replacement?
Improved techniques in knee replacement surgery [including robotic techniques], mean knee replacements last a very long time now. We can expect that they’re going to last at least 20 years.
However, occasionally we outlive that knee replacement, and it may need ‘revising’. This means the old components are removed and replaced with new ones. In the past this used to be a very big undertaking, but now it is much more straightforward.
How do I know if my knee replacement is failing and it might need revising?
Most patients will generally describe an increased stiffness and discomfort in their knee. Quite often there may be some associated swelling that’s new. The symptoms may be very similar to those that would have led you to have your knee replaced the first time around.
You might also have a sensation that the knee doesn’t seem as stable as it used to be.
Revision knee replacement surgery tends to require that slightly bigger replacement components are used, but provided you have good bone stock (i.e. no osteoporosis or thinning of the bones) the operation should go very well.
I am one of the few surgeons who enjoys doing revision knee replacement surgery and I’m very happy to see people in need of a second opinion.
How does Robotics help?
I am one of the few surgeons in the world using Navio robotics in revision knee replacement surgery. I have used my experience with primary (or first) knee replacements, and combined this with my revision surgery expertise, to improve the accuracy of my revision surgery. This means that you are more likely to have a precise reconstruction with better alignment and soft tissue balance. I can tailor the surgery to fit the bone damage found at surgery. This should be the key to a better recovery and final outcome.
What’s it like to go through knee replacement revision surgery?
The experience of knee revision surgery is very similar to that of ‘primary’ knee replacement surgery. You’re likely to need some x-rays,or maybe some CT scans to plan the surgery and it may be that you need to be in hospital a little longer, for example, three to five days.
Sometimes after the surgery I might ask you to protect the knee using the support of crutches, just whilst it settles in, and obviously physiotherapy and rehabilitation is very important.
Revision knee replacement surgery is a great option if you’ve got on well with your first knee replacement, and now it’s no longer continuing to serve you.
If you’re concerned about your knee, or if you’ve a knee replacement that is troubling you, please don’t hesitate to book a consultation.