Hip Implants – Revision Hip Replacement

Photo of Depuy Hip Implant deviceHip replacement surgeries are one of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons. This procedure carries with it a very high success rate. However, if something does go wrong with the implant, a revision surgery on the hip may be required. In many cases, revision hip surgeries are a result of the prosthesis wearing out. The lifespan for an artificial hip can range from 10 years to over 30 years however; the end result is always the same; all hip implants will eventually wear out and require replacing. Common reasons for the implant wearing out can include a fractured or loosened implant, premature wear of the plastic components, infection, or a break in the supporting bone around the implant or other trauma.

Normal wear of a hip implant is expected, however it is important to recognize the difference between normal wear and a defective implant joint. Numerous hip implant products have come to light in litigation as being defective including products from major hip implant manufacturers such as Stryker, Zimmer, Centerpulse Orthopedics (formerly Sulzer Orthopedics), Smith & Nephew, and Howmedica. A revision surgery may be recommended for these defective hip implant products to remedy the failed medical device situation.