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A total hip replacement, allowing people to live active lives without pain, is one of the most successful medical procedures. However, over time, a hip replacement can fail, and your doctor may recommend a second procedure called revision total hip replacement.

The goal is the same, but revision hip replacement is a more extended, more complicated procedure requiring extensive planning and specialised tools and implants.

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The most apparent symptom of primary hip replacement failure is the pain. Other symptoms may include stiffness and reduced mobility.

The most obvious will be the pain, but your GP may also conduct the following: -

  • X-rays: to see loosening or a change in the position of the components
  • MRI scan to help determine why your hip has failed and the condition of the bone
  • Blood tests to see if you have an infection or a reaction to the metal components in your hip

The cause of loosening is not always apparent, but could be: -

  • Repetitive high-impact activities
  • Obesity
  • Wear of the plastic liner between the ball and the metal cup
  • Younger patients "outlive" the life expectancy of their artificial hip

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