Revision knee replacement

If a total or partial knee replacement stops functioning as intended then it may need to be revised (redone) and this is normally a more demanding operation for the patient and the surgeon. Depending on the reason for revising the knee the operation will be performed as a single or two stage procedure.

Single stage revision involves removing the old knee replacement and inserting a new one. It is carried out for knee replacements that have become worn out over time, are not stable (wobbly) or for progression of arthritis in partial knee replacements. You will be mobile with elbow crutches and would normally be in hospital for 4-7 days. The recovery is then very similar to a first time knee replacement. The first 2-4 weeks are hard work as your knee is painful and swollen but you are working hard with physiotherapy to regain movement. Most patients can walk with only one crutch or a stick by 6 weeks and many can drive by 6 weeks. You will be seen for follow up at 12 weeks in the outpatients clinic. 


 An antibiotic spacer for two stage revision
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