What is Hip Resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing, also known as “hip resurfacing arthroplasty,” is a type of hip replacement procedure. Patients who suffer from damage to the hip joint caused by arthritis, injury or illness may undergo hip resurfacing to restore mobility and avoid debilitating pain. It can often be used as an alternative to a total hip replacement, though your orthopedic surgeon will recommend exactly what procedure will be best for your unique situation.

During a hip resurfacing surgery, the head of the femoral bone (thighbone) is not removed as it is in a traditional hip surgery. Instead, the surgeon trims away impaired bone before capping the femur with a smooth, round metal prosthetic. If cartilage and bone within the pelvic socket have been harmed by the factors that initially caused hip pain, these affected pieces will be replaced with a metal shell. Each step of a hip resurfacing surgery is designed to provide the patient with an enhanced range of motion and less pain.

Some research suggests that hip resurfacing leads to a decreased risk of hip dislocation and a more natural post-surgery pattern. Additionally, when implants wear out over time, hip resurfacings may be far easier to correct than other kinds of hip replacements.

Our Treatment Approach

If you are experiencing debilitating hip pain or feel hindered from participating in everyday activities, it is time to seek treatment. At OrthoCARE Institute, our team of experienced orthopedic specialists regularly helps patients find relief from a number of hip-related issues.

Upon your initial consultation at OrthoCARE Institute, your orthopedic doctor will work with you to obtain a comprehensive diagnosis of your condition. Based upon your physical state, symptoms and family history, your physician will create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.

Generally, we encourage conservative treatments whenever possible. For some patients, however, surgery becomes an absolute necessity to restore their quality of life and reduce their hip pain. Common reasons to undergo hip resurfacing surgery include:

  • Advanced osteoarthritis
  • Consistent hip pain that interferes with everyday activities
  • Limited mobility in the hip joint region
  • Stiffness

The best candidates for hip resurfacing procedures are usually under 60 years of age and have strong, sturdy bones. Hip resurfacing surgery usually requires between 1 ½ to 3 hours and yields very quick recovery times.

For more information about hip resurfacing procedures or OrthoCARE Institute, call us directly at 972-573-7802 or fill out the form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to helping you regain your quality of life!