Hip Resurfacing

What is hip resurfacing?

Hip surfacing involves replacing parts of the hip with metal implants. This treatment is often needed because part of the hip has become damaged or diseased.

Hip resurfacing is a bone-conserving alternative to total hip replacement for young and active patients. Hip resurfacing is a bone-conserving procedure because the femoral neck is left intact and the femoral head is resurfaced rather than replaced.

What will happen during my hip resurfacing consultation?

During your appointment you will meet with your consultant surgeon. He or she will go over with you exactly what would happen during the surgery, as well as what to expect in your recovery. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to get all of your questions and concerns answered and addressed. 

We understand that having an operation of any type can be stressful so we've created a short downloadable guide that you might find useful to print off and use to write down any questions you may have. Do take this with you to your consultation.

How does hip resurfacing work?

During the procedure, a few millimetres are resurfaced from the two articulating surfaces of the hip. 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.

What are the benefits to hip resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing utilises a large femoral component which restores the natural size and shape of the patient’s hip. This is beneficial to the patient for several reasons. Hip resurfacing offers better stability, a greatly reduced risk of dislocation, a broad range of movement, increased longevity and higher levels of patient activity than traditional hip replacements. 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.

How safe is the treatment?

Hip replacement and resurfacing are generally safe surgical procedures. For most people, the benefits in terms of improved mobility and less discomfort are greater than the disadvantages. However, all surgery carries an element of risk.

How long is the recovery?

You should be able to return to many everyday activities after six weeks following the surgery. 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 promote an effective recovery. 

Hip resurfacing surgery costs | Paying for your operation

Hip replacement surgery costs are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own treatment the cost of the operation will be explained and confirmed in writing when you book the operation. Ask the hospital for a quote beforehand, and ensure that this includes the surgeon’s fee, the anaesthetist’s fee and the hospital charge for your procedure.

What other kinds of hip operations, treatments and procedures do BMI Healthcare carry out?

  • Hip arthroscopy, this is where a consultant will use keyhole surgery to ascertain the problem...
  • Hip debridement, this is where there may be an abnormality of the hip joint through excessive bone or abnormal tissue...
  • Hip injection treatment may use either local anaesthesia or a combination of local anaesthesia and steroid, enabling a potential diagnosis as well as therapeutic treatment...
  • Hip replacement surgery Hip replacement surgery is one of the most successful orthopaedic operations carried out in this area of medicine.
  • A hip revision, or total hip replacement is an operation to take out your old hip replacement and put in a new one...
  • A total hip replacement with computer assisted navigation. Computer assisted navigation is a recent and most significant development in joint replacement and orthopaedic surgery of the 21st Century.


Hip resurfacing

Patient pathway Initial consultation Diagnostic investigations Main treatment Post discharge care Total
Hospital fees N/A Included £13,123 Included £13,123
Consultants fees £200 N/A Included Included £200
Total £13,323
Initial consultation
Hospital fees N/A
Consultants fees £200
Diagnostic investigations
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees N/A
Main treatment
Hospital fees £13,123
Consultants fees Included
Post discharge care
Hospital fees Included
Consultants fees Included
Total £13,323

Terms & Conditions

Treatment prices displayed are a guide for initial consultation, and a guide price for our fixed price packages which include pre-assessment, procedure and aftercare. Your Consultant will be able to discuss costs in greater detail at your consultation, after which a quote of your fixed price package will be provided [which is subject to results of any pre-assessment tests]. Prices can be subject to change.

For more information please refer to our terms and conditions (large print version).

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