Gautam Siram, MD Orthopedic Joint Specialist located in Chevy Chase, MD
Though rare, knee revision surgery is sometimes necessary following a failed knee replacement procedure. Gautam Siram, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic joint replacement surgeon. Dr. Siram and his team perform knee revision surgery to restore knee health and function following a failed knee replacement. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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What is a knee revision surgery?
A knee revision surgery is a procedure Dr. Siram performs to fix faulty knee replacement procedures. Though knee replacement surgery has a high rate of success, your prosthetic knee may stop working as well as it should over time.
Dr. Siram is one of the busiest joint replacement surgeons in the area. If you’re having problems following your knee replacement surgery, Dr. Siram and the team can help.
Why would I need a knee revision surgery?
There are many reasons you may need a knee revision surgery. Some of the most common include:
- Broken implant
- Unstable implant
- Loosening of the implant
- Bone fracture
- Bone loss surrounding the joint
When your knee replacement fails, you may experience knee pain and stiffness that affects your mobility and day-to-day activities.
Though knee revision surgery is a more involved surgical procedure than knee replacement surgery, Dr. Siram can restore your knee health, function, and mobility.
What happens during knee revision surgery?
Dr. Siram creates individualized plans for knee revision surgery based on the underlying cause of your knee replacement failure and your medical history. This complex procedure typically takes 2 to 3 hours.
During your knee revision, Dr. Siram closely examines your knee and then carefully removes the original implant to preserve as much of your original bone as possible. He then prepares your bone for your replacement implant, inserts your revision implant, and repairs any soft tissue damage.
How long is recovery following knee revision surgery?
After your knee revision surgery, Dr. Siram sends you to the recovery area for monitoring and then to a hospital room. You may need to spend several days in the hospital for pain management and initiation of your physical therapy and rehabilitation program.
Once discharged, Dr. Siram recommends arranging to have a family member or friend help you at home during your recovery. He also continues your physical therapy to support healing and restore joint mobility and strength.
Recovery following knee revision surgery is slower than knee replacement surgery, but the process is the same. Once fully recovered, most patients have good long-term outcomes.
To schedule your knee revision surgery consultation at Gautam Siram, MD, call the office or book an appointment online today.