It is time for conventional hip replacements to make way for hip resurfacing.

Supporting research for an alternative to hip replacement has grown in recent years. Traditionally, patients requiring a hip replacement have undergone extensive prosthesis implantation. During this procedure, the ball of the hip is replaced with an artificial metal or ceramic one, while the joint is replaced with an artificial socket fixed to the pelvic bone. After 10-20 years, the prosthesis degrades and a revisional hip replacement procedure must be performed.

Now, a slightly more conservative therapy aims to get patients back to their day-to-day activities faster and with added flexibility in their hip joints. In hip resurfacing, the ball of the hip is reshaped and capped with a metal prosthesis rather than merely replaced. The repaired hip is completed with an artificial socket similar to traditional hip replacement. By keeping more of the patient’s bone intact, your risk of dislocations and revisional surgeries is greatly reduced.

Who Is a Candidate for Hip Resurfacing?

Hip resurfacing is predominantly performed for patients with chronic arthritic pain of the hip joint. Patients under the age of 60 with strong, healthy bones are good candidates for hip resurfacing surgery. Additionally, patients should be committed to performing eight to ten weeks of physical therapy following the procedure.

How to Decide Which Treatment Is Right for You?

If you are a candidate for hip replacement or resurfacing surgery, it is important to consult an orthopedic surgeon to help receive optimal treatment for your condition. The Hip Surgery Center of Excellence in Beverly Hills offers renowned orthopedic surgeons specializing in advanced procedures such as hip resurfacing.

Advantages of Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing is gaining popularity among both surgeons and patients because of its favorable outcomes. Some of the clear advantages resurfacing has over conventional hip replacement include:

  • Lower risk of hip location because of bigger hip ball
  • Easier to perform revisional surgery
  • Greater range of motion in the hip
  • Quicker recovery with more normal walking patterns

Hip resurfacing is particularly advantageous for younger patients undergoing surgery because the procedure leaves more bone intact. With more bone in place, it is easier to perform a total hip replacement if needed later on in life. Hip resurfacing also presents fewer complications.

Disadvantages of Hip Resurfacing

Though there are numerous advantages of hip resurfacing, it does have some notable disadvantages. Unlike traditional hip replacement, hip resurfacing results in a metal ball on a metal socket. Though rare, this interaction can cause pain or immune system reaction (hypersensitivity). Hip resurfacing also requires a slightly larger incision than traditional hip replacement, which may slightly increase the risk of complications. Because hip resurfacing is a more technically demanding procedure, it may be more difficult to find an orthopedic surgeon adept at the procedure.

Speak With An Orthopedic Surgeon Today

The Hip Surgery Center of Excellence houses some of the most talented hip surgeons in Beverly Hills. If you have specific questions about hip resurfacing or traditional hip replacement, please contact our Beverly Hills hip surgeons.

To speak with an orthopedic surgeon at the Hip Surgery Center of Excellence today, please call us at  (888) 760-3378.