Question:My father had a joint replacement that got infected. The doctor is talking about doing a "total revision." What does this mean?
Total revision can have different meanings for each doctor and each patient. You'll need to ask the doctor for a more complete description.
Usually major or total revision means removing or replacing the main part (or all) of the implant. Sometimes a new implant is put in place of the failed one.
In the case of infection with major bone loss, the joint may have to be fused.Stephen I. Knecht, MD, et al. The Agility Total Ankle Arthroplasty. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. June 2004. Vol. 86-A. No. 6. Pp. 1161-1171.
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