What is Hip Resurfacing?
If advanced arthritis causes unbearable hip pain and prevents you from participating in activities that you enjoy, you may be able to find relief and get back to your life without undergoing a total hip replacement. Our surgeons perform an alternative procedure called HIP RESURFACING.
In a total hip replacement, both the head of the thigh bone, also called the femoral head, and the damaged socket are removed and replaced with plastic, metal, or ceramic components. In hip resurfacing, the femoral head is not removed, but rather preserved. It is reshaped and capped with a smooth metal covering. The socket’s damaged bone and cartilage are then replaced with a metal shell.
Because hip resurfacing preserves the bone, this procedure offers several advantages over total hip replacement. Over time, the components used in any hip replacement wear or loosen. This wear and tear may necessitate an additional operation. Since hip resurfacing removes less of the femur than a total hip replacement, it is easier to exchange the components, increasing the chances of a successful procedure. Hip resurfacing also allows for a much larger ball size. This provides for greater stability of the hip joint, decreasing the risk of dislocation.