Never before have so many people needed surgery to correct failed hip replacements. 

In 2014 surgeons in the UK operated on 8,925 failed hip implants. With more than 83,000 new hip replacements performed in the same year, we can expect demand for this corrective ‘revision’ surgery to keep rising.

To be ready with the best surgical care, we need to pool our knowledge of what works best in revision hip surgery. This site shares some of what we’ve learned in tackling complex cases at the Joint Reconstruction Unit, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. We also run two international courses for surgeons in November. These provide the chance to practice specific techniques on bone models re-created from real cases we’ve encountered, with guidance from an experienced faculty of hip surgeons.



Hip implants often fail where they connect with the acetabulum, and surgeons must create a stable mechanical construct between the implant and host bone. 

Acetabular Reconstruction


Femoral reconstruction can pose a particular challenge for surgeons due to bone loss from previous surgery, infection, fractures and osteolysis.

Femoral Reconstruction ›


Metal-on-metal hip surfaces and replacements can functionwell for many years, but about 1% fail, producing small amounts of metal debris.

Metal Debris Disease ›


Advancements in imaging studies have provided surgeons with a whole range of new diagnostic and planning tools.

Diagnostic Imaging ›