Hip resurfacing is similar to a total hip
replacement. However, during hip resurfacing the femoral head is left intact
and covered with a metal cap. The hip socket is reshaped and lined with a metal
cup that fits onto the femoral resurfacing cap.
- Total hip
- Total hip
- Femoral head
Conditions Treated with Hip
Hip resurfacing may be performed in cases of immobility, hip fracture,
hip pain, hip dislocation and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hip.
Non-surgical alternatives to hip resurfacing include
physical therapy, strength training, hip brace, pain medication,
anti-inflammatory medication, hyaluronic acid injections and steroid
injections. Hip fusion, hip osteotomy and total and partial hip replacements
are surgical alternatives.
with Hip Resurfacing:
Hip resurfacing is performed under general
anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware
during the procedure.
Complications from Hip Resurfacing:
Possible risks following hip resurfacing include
infection, bleeding, femoral neck fracture, artificial hip dislocation and a
negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for there to be little
to no improvement in mobility, inflammation around the artificial joint and
absorption of bone around the artificial joint.
after Hip Resurfacing:
The prognosis for a positive end result following
hip resurfacing is very good. However, the procedure is not as effective in
patients with or at risk for osteoporosis.
from Hip Resurfacing:
Total recovery from hip resurfacing takes three to