Revision (Ligament Reconstruction) Surgery
What is revision surgery?
The implants used in joint replacement surgery may last 15, 20 years or more, but they can wear out. When this happens, revision surgery may be used to replace the implant.
A revision surgery may also be needed if an implant becomes loose or dislocated, or if you experience a fracture on the bone near your hip or knee replacement. In some cases, it may be required if an infection develops within the implant, or if the implant used is found to be defective and recalled.
When an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery fails, doesn’t heal properly or if the ACL is torn again, a ligament reconstruction surgery may be necessary. This can be especially challenging for the surgeon, because primary ACL reconstructions are performed using a variety of techniques. The surgeon therefore must take many factors into account when planning a revision surgery, and their experience becomes a factor.