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.
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.