Hip Resurfacing

WHAT IS HIP RESURFACING?

A common and effective treatment is hip replacement surgery, which replaces the hip socket (acetabulum) and places a femoral component inside the thigh bone (femur).  A less traumatic alternative to hip replacement surgery is hip resurfacing.  This is a bone preserving operation where the femoral head is not removed but is instead trimmed and capped with a metal implant.

CANDIDATES FOR HIP RESURFACING

Compared to a hip replacement, this procedure is effective in the management of osteoarthritis and is highly recommended for younger, more active people who experience associated symptoms.  Typically the best candidates for hip resurfacing include males up to the age of 60 years, with larger frames that possess strong healthy bones.

It is important to be aware however, that not everyone is suitable candidate.  Generally speaking, older female patients presenting with the same symptoms that are smaller framed or possess a weaker bone structure, including severe hip deformities, can face more complications as a result of the procedure.  A comprehensive consultation with your doctor is highly recommended to determine whether you are a good candidate.

Advantages and disadvantages of hip resurfacing

ADVANTAGES

The main advantage of hip resurfacing is that the femoral head is not removed allowing patients to recover faster, experience reduced complications and over time not encounter the same levels of bone erosion that can occur with a complete hip replacement.
With less risk of dislocation and minimal or no leg discrepancy, younger patients are also able to undergo this procedure and often return to active movement sooner.
If additional surgery is required in the future despite undergoing hip resurfacing, the bone preservation procedure generally allows further surgery to occur in a less complex manner.

DISADVANTAGES

There are potential risks involved with all surgery.  In addition to medical complications that can arise out of anaesthetic, hip resurfacing surgery can bring with it a range of risks including dislocation, a fracture of the femur (thigh bone) or pelvis (hip bone), nerve damage and muscle weakness.  Infections, blood clots and pain can also occur.
Due to the use of metal components, it is worth noting that there is a very small portion of patients who may develop an allergic reaction to the implant used.  It is very important that details of the surgery along with your concerns are discussed thoroughly with your orthopaedic surgeon including the benefits of this procedure.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Arrange a consultation if you are living with regular hip pain and common symptoms associated with osteoarthritis

Hip resurfacing, an effective alternative to a full hip replacement could help alleviate pain and help regain more range of motion.

Please contact us for any enquiries relating to hip resurfacing.

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