Revision Knee Replacement RKR

Revision Knee Replacement (RKR) is a complex surgical procedure performed when a previous knee replacement, also known as primary knee arthroplasty, fails or wears out. This procedure involves removing some or all parts of the original prosthesis and replacing them with new components. RKR is more challenging than primary knee replacement due to factors like bone loss, wear of the original implant, and scar tissue.


RKR is typically indicated for patients experiencing issues with a previous knee replacement, such as implant loosening, infection, instability, wear and tear of the prosthetic components, or mechanical failure. It may also be necessary in cases of severe osteolysis (bone loss) or if the patient experiences persistent pain and functional limitations.


The surgery is more complex than a primary knee replacement and requires careful preoperative planning. Specialized implants and bone grafts might be needed to address bone loss and achieve stable fixation of the new prosthesis. The procedure involves removing the old implant, cleaning the bone surfaces, and then fitting new prosthetic components.

Recovery and Outcomes

Recovery from RKR can be longer and more challenging than from a primary knee replacement, with an increased emphasis on postoperative rehabilitation to restore knee function and strength. The success of RKR depends on various factors, including the reason for revision, the patient’s overall health, and adherence to rehabilitation protocols.


RKR presents unique challenges, including managing bone defects, ensuring the stability of the new implant, and preventing infection. The procedure requires a surgeon with specialized skills in revision arthroplasty.

Revision Knee Replacement is a vital option for patients with failed knee replacements, offering an opportunity to regain knee function and relieve pain, although it comes with increased complexities and challenges.