The need for revision can arise for a variety of reasons, including:
Normal wear of an artificial joint
Most prostheses have a life of 10 to 20 years. As time passes, an artificial joint may fit less securely and lose effectiveness or break.
Any pain or discomfort that persists after recovery from a joint procedure may indicate one or more problems and could be a reason to consider revision.
Infection of surrounding tissue
Infection can cause weakness or damage to the joint.
Debris from components of an artificial joint can cause problems.
This serious condition in the joint or surrounding soft tissue can lead to functional impairment.