Painful Joint Replacement

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

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

In some cases, pain and mobility issues return even after joint replacement surgery. Orthopaedic surgeon Vasili Karas, MD, MS, specializes in complex hip and knee replacement, including revision surgery, at Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. If an existing joint replacement has failed or is causing pain, call the office in Chicago or book a consultation online today.

Painful Joint Replacement Q & A

What is a painful joint replacement?

Knee and hip replacements are two of the most successful procedures in modern medicine. However, about 10% of adults who receive a knee or hip replacement aren’t happy with the results.

Wear-and-tear over time or certain conditions may cause a joint replacement to fail. This can lead to recurring pain, stiffness, and instability within the affected joint.

As a highly skilled orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Karas has expertise in complex procedures, such as knee and hip revision surgery. You may need revision surgery if you have an existing joint replacement that causes pain or other problems.

During revision knee or hip replacement surgery, Dr. Karas removes the old or damaged implants from your joint and replaces them with new parts. If you’re not sure whether another surgery is right for you, Dr. Karas is happy to thoroughly review the advantages and disadvantages of every option.

What causes pain after a knee or hip replacement?

Many factors can contribute to a painful joint replacement. The most common causes of pain after a hip or knee replacement include:

  • Loose or worn down implant
  • Infection in the implant
  • Alignment problems
  • Excess scar tissue

Additionally, joint replacement components have a typical lifespan of about 20 years, depending on the type. This lifespan may be even shorter if you’re obese or if you’re very active. The more pressure you put on the joint, the faster it wears out.

What should I do if I have a painful joint replacement?

If you or a loved one experiences pain or other problems after a joint replacement, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Karas. Even if he wasn’t the surgeon who performed the initial joint replacement procedure, Dr. Karas is happy to provide second opinions.

It’s possible you may not need another surgery. If nonoperative management is an option, Dr. Karas takes time to review the risks and benefits of not getting surgery.

Dr. Karas believes in fostering strong communication with every patient and makes sure you feel comfortable with your treatment decision.

To schedule an appointment, call Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine or book online today.