Revision surgery

Surgery referring to the removal and, if necessary, the replacement of previously implanted hip or knee arthroplasty components. Revision surgery may or may not be followed by re-implantation of new arthroplasty components during the same operation (one-stage revision) or at a later date (two-stage revision) and is interpreted as failure of the index arthroplasty. In contrast, the reoperation of a knee replacement with patellofemoral-resurfacing as a consequence of progressive patellofemoral arthrosis is not interpreted as failure of the initial arthroplasty. Also refer to "Reoperation" and "Complementary surgery".