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Hip Resurfacing

Posted On: 05-27-2015
Hip Resurfacing

What is Hip Resurfacing?

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.

Also Known As:

  • Total hip replacement
  • Total hip surgery
  • Femoral head surgery

Conditions Treated with Hip Resurfacing:

Hip resurfacing may be performed in cases of immobility, hip fracture, hip pain, hip dislocation and arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hip.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Hip Resurfacing:

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.

Anesthesia with Hip Resurfacing:

Hip resurfacing is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential 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.

Prognosis 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.

Recovery from Hip Resurfacing:

Total recovery from hip resurfacing takes three to six months.

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