Gautam Siram, MD Orthopedic Joint Specialist located in Chevy Chase, MD
Hip replacement surgery is common and has a high rate of success. However, some people develop biological or mechanical problems that affect their prosthetic hip. At his practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland, fellowship-trained orthopedic joint replacement surgeon Gautam Siram, MD, and the team perform hip revision surgery. To schedule a consultation with one of the most sought-after orthopedic surgeons in the area, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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What is hip revision surgery?
Though hip replacement surgery allows many people to live an active and pain-free life, some develop problems with their prosthetic hip implant. Hip revision surgery addresses these problems to restore function and alleviate discomfort.
Dr. Siram specializes in hip revision surgery and is one of the busiest hip revision surgeons in the DMV area. During the procedure, they exchange or repair your hip replacement device.
Why would I need hip revision surgery?
There are many reasons why you might need hip revision surgery. One of the most common is the general wear-and-tear that occurs over time to your hip replacement device. This is especially common in younger patients who lead an active lifestyle.
You may need hip revision surgery to replace loose or broken parts or because of a hip joint infection.
What happens during a hip revision surgery consultation?
Before your hip revision surgery, Dr. Siram conducts a comprehensive evaluation. During your preoperative consultation, Dr. Siram uses advanced imaging to find the defective prosthetic component and evaluate the surrounding bone and tissue for damage.
Dr. Siram may run lab work or withdraw fluid from the hip joint to confirm or rule out an infection.
What happens during hip revision surgery?
Hip revision surgery is more complicated than hip joint replacement, and the procedure may take several hours. Dr. Siram removes the faulty prosthetic hip components during your hip revision and replaces them with new ones.
He also repairs any tissue or bone damage. Though Dr. Siram aims to preserve as much of your bone and tissue as possible, most patients experience some bone or muscle loss following their hip revision surgery.
What happens after hip revision surgery?
Recovery following hip revision surgery is a bit slower than hip replacement surgery. Dr. Siram may have you spend a few days in the hospital following your procedure and then discharge you home.
You will need a walker following your hip revision surgery. Dr. Siram strongly recommends you have a friend or family member help you with your daily activities during your recovery.
Dr. Siram also prescribes physical therapy and rehabilitation to support healing, reduce pain, and restore hip function and mobility. The recovery and rehabilitation process may take several months, and you may continue to walk with a limp for up to six months.
To discuss hip revision surgery with a fellowship-trained orthopedic joint replacement surgeon, call the office or Gautam Siram, MD, or book an appointment online today.