What is hip resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing is a form of hip replacement surgery that salvages more of femur (thigh) bone, than a conventional hip replacement. During hip resurfacing, your surgeon will cap the end of the thighbone (femur) with a metal covering. This cap will fit with a metal cup that sits in the hip socket. Together, these two mimic the function of the hip joint. Because the surfaces are both highly polished metal, they glide against each other, and may replicate the full motion of the hip.
Am I a good candidate for hip resurfacing?
Ideal candidates for hip resurfacing:
- Are male, age 40-60
- Have good bone quality
- Do not have osteoporosis or rheumatoid arthritis
What are the benefits of hip resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing may provide the following benefits:
- More femoral bone is preserved than in standard hip replacement
- The motion after surgery may more fully mimic the natural motion of the hip
- If you need a total hip replacement in the future, there may be more of your natural femur bone preserved
What can I expect from hip resurfacing surgery?
- A complete pre-operative workup that will focus on preparing your for hip resurfacing
- One to two hour surgery time
- Two to three night stay in the hospital, with physical therapy beginning the day following surgery
- A comprehensive pain management protocol, reducing your dependence on pain medication day by day
- Four to six weeks of physical therapy