Revision total hip arthroplasty.

AORN journal

PubMedID: 12227286

Drake C, Ace M, Maale GE. Revision total hip arthroplasty. AORN J. 2002;76(3):414-7, 419-27; quiz 428, 431-2.
Endoscopic visualization and pneumatically-powered ballistic chisels that can be used to remove cement and cementless prostheses are recent developmental improvements for revision total hip arthroplasty (THA). Use of these new tools facilitates the revision procedure, reduces tissue trauma, and may reduce surgical time. Understanding the anatomy of the hip joint, pathophysiology that leads to the need for joint replacement, and the implant selection process can assist perioperative nurses in caring for and teaching patients who require revision THA and their family members. This article describes implant choices based on the type of bone deformity present and the use of the ballistic chiseling system during revision THA. Potential postoperative complications also are described.