About Surgery

At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we offer some of the most advanced surgical procedures available in the D.C. region, including total knee revision surgery. MedStar Orthopaedic Institute uses state-of-the-art techniques that encourage a safe and successful recovery. Our surgeons are all fellowship-trained and have extensive experience treating the full range of knee conditions, from the simplest to the most complex knee revision cases. Our hospital network provides tertiary care, giving you access to a broad range of support systems that can address any need that may arise during or after your procedure.

What is total knee revision?

Knee replacements may last your entire life. In some cases, however, people develop problems with their replacements. These problems can stem from various factors, including normal wear and tear, a fracture, an infection, or unexplained pain or stiffness. Knee revision surgery corrects these problems by replacing the damaged knee implant with a healthy new one. At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we offer advanced approaches and can provide same-day joint care as well as complex joint revision.

Why is total knee revision surgery performed?

You may be a good candidate if your original knee replacement:

  • Loosens
  • Breaks
  • Wears out over time
  • Becomes infected
  • Dislocates
  • Causes severe pain

What does knee revision involve?

Surgery involves our experienced orthopedic surgeons reconstructing your knee after it shows signs of wearing, causes you pain, becomes infected, or has another severe issue. During the procedure, any loose, damaged, or infected portions of the original artificial knee replacement are removed and replaced with a new implant. At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, we also provide our patients access to a vast support network to address any needs you may have during your procedure or recovery.

Knee Replacement Infections

If a knee replacement becomes infected, the health of the knee and leg, and your overall health, become an immediate concern. Not all orthopedic specialists are trained to manage and treat infected total joints. At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our specialists appropriately manage and aggressively treat infections. This often requires removal of the total joint implant and a course of antibiotics, followed by revision joint replacement. This approach is critical for removing the bacteria from your system and maximizing your overall health and outcome.

What does recovery involve?

During recovery, your doctor will work with you to create a personalized recovery plan that meets your needs. The plan will begin during your hospital stay and will continue until you are fully recovered. Usually, physical therapy and strength exercises are used in conjunction with educating you about your new knee. The full recovery process will take time, similar to your original knee replacement procedure. It requires your participation to ensure a full and successful recovery.

In addition, MedStar Orthopaedic Institute will pair you with a personal Patient Care Coordinator (PaCC), who will be your guide throughout your recovery. Your PaCC will assist with:

  • Providing patient and family education
  • Managing your transitions to each level of care
  • Ensuring a safe discharge plan that meets all of your medical needs and preferences

What are the benefits?

Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after surgery:

  • Pain relief
  • Restored range of motion
  • Improved knee strength
  • Ability to bear weight on the leg for longer periods of time
  • Ability to return to normal activities
  • Access to a multidisciplinary network of physicians
  • High-quality care for simple and complex joint conditions


If you believe you may need revision knee surgery, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of knee conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area.

Our Specialists

Hip & Knee Replacement

Brian George Evans, MD
Brian George Evans, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
William C. Lennen, MD
William C. Lennen, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
PhonePhone: 240-434-7483

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Leonardtown
Ahamefula E. Onyike, MD
Ahamefula E. Onyike, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Angela Lee Tomaschko, MD
Angela Lee Tomaschko, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
Kenneth M. Vaz, MD
Kenneth M. Vaz, MD
Joint Replacement (Hip & Knee)
PhonePhone: 202-444-8766

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase


3800 Reservoir Road Northwest Washington, DC, 20007
Phone: 202-444-8766
18109 Prince Philip Drive, Suite 325 Olney, MD, 20832
Phone: 301-774-8958
106 Irving Street Northwest, Washington, DC, 20010
Phone: 202-877-6000
1120 20th Street Northwest, Building 1 South Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: 202-416-2000
23503 Hollywood Rd, Suite 101 Leonardtown, MD, 20650
Phone: 240-434-7483
6858 Old Dominion Drive, Suite 200 Mc Lean, VA, 22101
Phone: 202-444-8766