Revision Joint Surgery Specialist

Herrick J. Siegel, MD

Total Joint Replacement Specialist located in Birmingham, AL

If your original joint replacement is beginning to fail, it may be time for revision joint surgery. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Herrick J. Siegel, MD, offers various revision surgeries to his patients in Birmingham, Alabama, restoring the great results they had the first time around. If you suspect your joint replacement may be giving you problems, call the office or request an appointment online to schedule a visit.

Revision Joint Surgery

Why would I need joint revision surgery?

While joint replacement surgeries are counted among the most successful surgeries available today, enabling millions of people to lead pain-free lives, even these replacement parts can succumb to wear and tear.

While most people enjoy their new joints for years, if you experience any of the following symptoms, it could be a sign that an update is needed:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Stiffness
  • Instability


In other words, the symptoms mimic the same ones that may have prompted you to replace your joint in the first place.

Aside from the prosthetic components wearing out, you may need revision joint surgery if you suffer a fracture or dislocation in the joint. In less common cases, your body may have an adverse immune response in which it attacks the bone surrounding the replacement joint.

What types of joint revision surgeries are available?

Dr. Siegel offers joint revision surgery for most any replacement joint, including your:

  • Hips
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Knees


Dr. Siegel is a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon and can handle problems that crop up with joint replacement.

What happens during a joint revision surgery?

In most cases, joint revision surgery is more complicated than the original procedure and requires considerable planning on Dr. Siegel’s part. After a comprehensive review of your replacement joint failure, he comes up with a treatment plan that will best remedy your unique situation.

To give you an idea of the wide range of joint revision possibilities, there are some cases in which only a certain part needs to be replaced. With a complete failure, however, Dr. Siegel needs to remove all of the prosthetic components, remodel your bones, and then install the replacement pieces. Most revision surgeries fall somewhere in between.

Will the revised joint work as well?

When it comes to joint revision surgery, Dr. Siegel’s goal is the same as it is with a first-time replacement — eliminate your pain and restore your function. While your revision surgery may be more complicated and require a longer recovery period, he uses the latest surgical techniques and replacement components to ensure a successful outcome.

To learn more about revision joint surgery, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.