What is hip resurfacing?

Hip SurgeonFull joint replacement has become a popular and effective solution for individuals suffering from debilitating hip pain. However, depending on your particular situation, your hip surgeon may recommend resurfacing as a viable option.

While most people are familiar with joint replacement, hip resurfacing may be a new concept–even though the procedure has been in use for several years. Here is a look at the two procedures and why your hip surgeon may consider resurfacing to be your best choice.

Difference between hip replacement and hip resurfacing

During a standard hip replacement, the femoral (thighbone) head and corresponding socket are completely removed and replaced with prosthetics made from ceramic, metal or plastic. In hip resurfacing, the socket is also replaced by a metal shell. The difference is in the treatment of the femoral head, which is trimmed down and covered with a metal cap.

Advantages of hip resurfacing

Compared to replacement, resurfacing retains more of the natural bone, making it easier to perform revisions or total replacements in the future. This often makes it a more attractive option for younger patients who have a longer lifespan which will most likely necessitate future revisions.
Since the femoral prosthetic device must accommodate the head, it has a larger diameter which provides an additional element of stability, reducing the likelihood of joint dislocation.
Stress shielding occurs when the normal element of stress on a bone is removed due to an implant or prosthesis, resulting in decreased bone density. With the majority of the femoral head remaining intact, resurfacing reduces the risk of stress shielding.
A trained and experienced hip surgeon can evaluate the condition of your joint and make a knowledgeable recommendation regarding the treatment that will best suit your needs. Call 602.466.7378 or visit our website today to schedule a consultation with one of our quality hip surgeons.

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