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Can a replacement hip joint be successfully replaced?

Q) Can an old (10 years) replacement hip joint be successfully replaced?
Susan, via email (Winter 2015)

A) Yes, replacement joints can be replaced, but the surgery is more complicated each time it's done. That said, 10 years wouldn’t be considered that old for a replacement hip joint given that 80% of replacements last for over 20 years.

If you're experiencing increased symptoms from the hip joint it's worth getting it checked out by your GP to establish where the symptoms are coming from. Sometimes pain felt in the hip region can be coming from other places such as the lower back.

Find out more about how long replacement joints last.

This answer was provided by Dr Tom Margham for the Winter 2015 edition of our magazine, Arthritis Today, and was correct at the time of publication.

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