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Hip resurfacing is a bone-conserving alternative to total hip replacement.
This treatment is often needed because part of your hip has become damaged or diseased, causing chronic hip pain and reduced mobility.
During hip resurfacing, your Consultant will trim and shape damaged cartilage and bone, replacing it with a metal cover.
Almost all the bone in your thigh and hip socket will stay in place. During hip replacement, your Consultant will remove the entire head of your thigh-bone and replace it with a metal stem.
This is inserted through your thigh-bone (femur).
Hip resurfacing is an alternative operation that removes less bone, potentially making surgery on your hip in the future easier.
It may or may not last longer than a hip replacement depending on your circumstances and general health and wellbeing, so it is important to discuss which procedure would work best for you with your Consultant.
The femoral head (ball joint) is shaped to accept a low-wear metal sphere, and the acetabular socket (cup joint) is fitted with a corresponding metal cup.
Hip resurfacing utilises a large femoral component, which restores the natural size and shape of your hip.
This is beneficial to you for several reasons:
And, if for some reason a second surgery is needed in the future, the femoral bone is still intact, meaning a second procedure is much easier.
Hip replacement and resurfacing are generally safe surgical procedures. These include:
It is important to discuss these risks with your Consultant to understand their likelihood and put your mind at ease.
However, you should consult with your consultant surgeon regarding the length of your recovery and when you can begin lifting heavy objects or standing for long periods of time again.
You will be given physiotherapy exercises to practice.
It is important that you practice these as instructed, as they are designed to facilitate a speedy effective recovery.
Please be aware that the following prices are a guide price. Your final price will be confirmed in writing following your consultation and any necessary diagnostic tests.
A breakdown of the surgery cost for hip resurfacing
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