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Before Hip Revision Surgery

Successful surgery is always a cooperative effort between the patient, the orthopaedic surgeon and the people who help you recover from surgery. It is important to follow instructions so that your surgery will proceed as planned. Follow the directions given to you by your orthopaedic surgeon and call your orthopaedic surgeon's office if you have any questions.

The surgery to repair or replace a loosened prosthetic hip joint is usually more difficult than your original hip replacement surgery. This is because there is often less bone for your orthopaedic surgeon to work with and morselized bone (bone in particle form) is sometimes needed to help improve the strength of the hip socket and secure the implant. The recovery period is often longer for revision hip surgery because the patient is typically older and often in weaker general health.

Prior to your revision hip surgery be sure to ask about all of the following:

  • Pre-operative procedure
  • Getting your house ready before your surgery
  • Help at home
  • Preparation for the hospital
  • Days before surgery
  • Day of surgery


Before surgery you will have an initial surgical consultation with your orthopaedic surgeon. This appointment may include pre-operative X-rays, a bone scan, a complete medical and surgical history, physical examination, and a review of medications and allergies. During this visit, your surgeon will most likely review your revision hip procedure and answer any questions. Your orthopaedic surgeon may require that you have a complete physical examination by your internist or family physician, as you will need to be cleared medically by your physician before undergoing this extensive procedure. Your surgeon may suggest that you consider donating your own blood to save in case you need it during surgery or post-operatively.

In addition, your orthopaedic surgeon may ask you to consult a physical therapist to discuss your recovery, hip rehabilitation program and the important precautions you must take after your revision hip surgery. The physical therapist may also give you exercises that you can begin prior to your surgery that will make the recovery much easier.


AAOS Patient Education

Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.