Complex Hip Replacement

Vasili Karas, M.D., M.S.

Hip and Knee Replacement and Reconstruction located in Lincoln Park, Chicago, IL

Although hip replacement is one of modern medicine’s most successful procedures, hip replacements can fail for a number of reasons. Skilled orthopaedic surgeon and hip replacement and reconstruction specialist Vasili Karas, MD, MS, performs revision hip replacement and other complex procedures at Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. If you or a loved one needs a complex hip replacement, call or book an appointment online.

Complex Hip Replacement Q & A

What is a complex hip replacement?

Complex hip replacement includes surgical procedures that are more involved than typical hip replacement surgery. Hip replacements can fail over time due to a variety of factors, requiring revision or reconstruction surgery to repair the damage.

Examples of complex hip replacement procedures include:

  • Revision total hip replacement
  • Femoral (thigh bone) reconstruction
  • Acetabular (pelvic bone) reconstruction

Revision and reconstruction surgeries are longer and more complex than a normal hip replacement. Dr. Karas is a highly trained and exceptionally competent surgeon with the expertise to perform these complex procedures.  

What is revision hip replacement?

Revision hip replacement repairs a failed or damaged hip replacement. When a hip replacement fails for any reason, Dr. Karas performs a second surgery to remove some or all of the original prosthesis and replace it with new components.

When would I need a revision hip replacement?

There are several reasons your hip replacement may fail and require revision surgery. Common causes for revision hip replacement include:

  • Implant wear and loosening
  • Infection
  • Recurrent dislocations
  • Bone fracture

Dr. Karas may need to perform reconstructive surgery if there’s been bone loss in the thigh or pelvic bones that surround your artificial hip.

What should I expect from a complex hip replacement procedure?

Before recommending complex hip replacement, Dr. Karas carefully evaluates your hip and reviews your medical history. He may take imaging tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, to examine the structure of your current hip replacement.

Then, he spends time discussing your concerns, fears, and expectations to ensure you feel confident and comfortable going into your procedure.

Dr. Karas performs complex hip replacement surgery while you are under general anesthesia. These complex procedures typically last several hours, as he removes the old prosthesis and inserts specialized revision implants.

Recovery from revision surgery is typically slower than recovery from initial hip replacement, but the process is very similar. Dr. Karas may recommend physical therapy to help you recover after complex hip surgery.

If you or a loved one needs complex hip surgery, call Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine or book an appointment online.