Hip resurfacing is alternative to total hip replacement surgery for some younger patients that are in chronic pain due to an arthritic hip or other condition. Ideally, a candidate for this procedure is under 60 years old, usually male and still as strong bone around the hip joint.
An orthopedic surgeon will be able to determine if you are a candidate for a resurfacing procedure after reviewing your medical history and fully evaluating the condition of your hip. Patients who have a condition that has weakened the bone around the hip joint are not candidates for resurfacing.
Hip Resurfacing Advantages
Advantages of a hip resurfacing procedure over a total hip replacement includes a better range of motion, lower risk of dislocation, shorter recovery time and it may last longer than a total replacement.
Another significant advantage of having the head of the head of femoral bone resurfaced is that more of the femur will be available if a total hip replacement procedure is needed in the future. Resurfacing is recommended to patients who are likely to require multiple surgeries over the course of their life. A total replacement procedure will be easier to perform in the future because more of the femural canal and neck will be intact.
During hip resurfacing surgery, an incision is made over the thigh to expose the hip joint. The femoral head is dislocated from the hip socket. The damaged head of the femur is trimmed, rounded and covered with a metal cap that is anchored to the bone. The hip socket and cartilage are removed. The hip socket is replaced with a metal socket. The femoral head is placed back into it’s proper position in the socket and the incision is closed.
A patients may stay in the hospital for a few days after surgery. Some pain after surgery is to be expected. The use of crutches or a walker may be used after surgery until a patient can walk without assistance. Physical therapy may be recommended to restore strength and maintain range of motion. It may take 3 to 6 weeks for patients to be able to resume regular activities like walking.
Orthopedic Hip Surgeons as The CMD
If you are experiencing hip pain, stiffness, swelling, instability or any kind of discomfort, it’s probably best to schedule an appointment with a doctor to have your condition diagnosed and evaluated. Early treatment of a hip condition can help reduce or prevent further damage to the hip joint and surrounding area. Our board certified Hip Surgeons and Doctors provide individualized patient centered care. Most of our patients will respond well to a combination of non-operative treatments. If surgery is recommended, our orthopedic surgeons use the most current and advanced surgical techniques to treat hip disorders and injuries. Contact The Center For Musculoskeletal Disorder today and schedule an appointment at one our New York or New Jersey locations.