Top Advantages of Hip Resurfacing Instead of a Replacement

Hip resurfacing and hip replacement are the two surgeries that reduce hip pain caused by worn bones. To replace the hip, the ball part of the hip joint – the femoral head – is removed and replaced with an implant. A metallic shell and its liner are then implanted into the hip socket – the acetabulum. During resurfacing, the ball is not cut off. Instead, it is reshaped, and a metal cap is placed on top of it. A metal shell is then inserted in the socket part of the hip. Since the ball is not cut off, you lose less bone in your femur.

The Benefits of Hip Resurfacing

Usually, people who are more active are better candidates for hip resurfacing. It allows them to have a higher level of activity. This can include individuals who are sports players or work in a job that requires extensive physical activity, such as first responders and construction workers.

Another benefit of hip resurfacing is that there is a lower chance of the hip dislocating since the hip ball is more anatomic and larger than the original.

The recovery time for hip resurfacing is similar to hip replacement. Both can be done as an outpatient surgery.

If Hip Resurfacing is Better, Why Not Use It on All Patients?

Hip resurfacing is more difficult to do than hip replacement. Not all surgeons do hip resurfacing. However, for those who do, we take the patient into consideration. Everyone is different, meaning hip replacement may be better for some people.

If you have kidney issues, a metal allergy, small bones, weak bones, a difference in the length of your legs, or otherwise have abnormal anatomy, hip resurfacing may not be right for you. Additionally, if you are not highly active, a hip replacement is usually the better option. It is best to schedule a consultation with our team to determine the most appropriate course of action.

Schedule Hip Resurfacing in New York, NY

Dr. Alexander S. McLawhorn has extensive experience helping individuals in New York, NY, and Stamford, CT, achieve favorable results through effective and skilled surgical procedures. With more than 600 surgeries performed every year, you can rest assured knowing that you will receive the best care possible to help you achieve the relief you desire. Dr. McLawhorn can meet with you to discuss your situation and determine whether hip resurfacing is right for you. Get started by calling our office in New York at 212-606-1065 or our office in Stamford at 203-705-2113 to schedule a consultation.

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