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The Risks and Rewards of Revision Surgery

| Oct 28, 2010

Your first hip implant should provide mobility for 15-25 years, so when it's time to get a revision surgery, you may not know what to expect. Revision surgery has many more risks involved and comes at a different time for everyone. However, unless you have a recalled or faulty hip implant, such as DePuy Orthopaedic's ASR XL implant, the original shouldn't fail early.

As a North Charleston personal injury attorney , I think it's important for patients to know all the risks of revision surgery so they can have a greater reward from it.

Some of the high risk factors that decrease the chances for a successful revision surgery include gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, weight and overall health. Men, patients older than 75, African Americans, low-income patients and overweight patients generally have a more difficult recovery after revision surgery.

However, hip revision surgery could be the best option for you. Nearly one million joint implant surgeries are performed each year in the United States, with a high success rate. However, a second implant should provide approximately 12 years of success and the third implant reduces to eight years on average, so it's important to only get revision surgery when necessary.

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