Hip resurfacing is a surgical procedure to treat hip joint problems, particularly in arthritis or other degenerative conditions. Unlike total hip replacement, where the entire femoral head (the ball-shaped top of the thigh bone) is removed and replaced with a prosthetic ball, hip resurfacing involves reshaping the acetabulum (the socket in the pelvic bone). This approach is typically considered for younger, active individuals with sufficient bone density and anatomy suitable for the procedure.
Hip resurfacing preserves more of the patient’s natural bone than total hip replacement. This is especially beneficial for younger patients who may need additional hip surgeries. The preserved bone allows for more flexibility in case further interventions are required.
Improved Stability and Range of Motion
The design of hip resurfacing implants, particularly metal-on-metal components, can provide better stability and a more natural range of motion than other implant materials. This can lead to improved joint function and mobility for patients.
Active Lifestyle Support
Hip resurfacing is often recommended for younger, more active individuals who want to continue participating in sports and physical activities. The procedure’s bone-preserving nature can make it suitable for patients with a more demanding lifestyle and higher activity levels.
The Benefits of Hip Resurfacing
Reduced Risk of Dislocation
The design of the hip resurfacing implant can contribute to a reduced risk of dislocation compared to traditional total hip replacements. This can be particularly advantageous for patients who engage in extreme movements.
Potential for Faster Recovery
Some patients report a potentially quicker recovery period after hip resurfacing than total hip replacement. The procedure typically involves less disruption to the surrounding muscles and tissues.
While there have been concerns about the long-term performance of mental-on-metal implants, advances in implant design and materials have led to improvements in the durability and reliability of hip resurfacing implants. Long-term follow-up studies are crucial to monitor these implants’ success rates and outcomes.
Schedule a Consultation
Hip resurfacing might not be suitable for everyone. Talk to a qualified professional about hip resurfacing and whether it’s the right choice. Contact the office of Dr. Alexander McLawhorn at 203-705-2113. Our team is dedicated to helping you regain mobility and an active lifestyle.