Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Improved hip function and mobility of the hips

Last modified: December 21, 2011

Beatrice Woods
Licensed Practical Nurse

Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Pain in the hip joint can be related to many different things such as injury to overuse of a joint to disease process. One of the main causes of hip pain is inflammation of the small liquid pouch that cushions between bones and joints known as the bursa. 

When the bursa is inflamed and swelling this condition is known as bursitis. Hip bursitis is not uncommon causing pain, swelling and stiffness in the hip joint.  Some minor hip pain sufferers can tolerate the pain and are content with medication and activity adjustments. Those who can no longer endure continuous hip joint pain and impairment hip resurfacing maybe the answer. 

What Is Hip Resurfacing Surgery?

Hip resurfacing involves the surgical reshaping and recovering of damaged hip joint ball and socket using a metal prosthesis.

How Is Hip Resurfacing Diagnosed?

An orthopedic surgeon determines if you are a good candidate for hip   resurfacing.  The surgeon uses your physical examination, medical history, x-rays of the hips and possibly a MRI in deciding if hip resurfacing is the right treatment plan for you.

Hip Resurfacing Surgery Procedure

The patient is given general anesthesia for pain prior to starting the surgery. Once the patient is anesthetized, the surgical site is cleaned. The orthopedic surgeon makes an incision uncovering the affected hip joint. The femoral head is detached and reshaped using power tools. Then the surgeon covers the top of the newly shaped femoral head with a metal cap insuring a tight fit.

The surgeon inserts a small pin into healthy bone to hold the cap in place. The surgeon then uses power tools to remove cartilage from the hip socket cartilage and remolding the area to fit a metal cup. Next the surgeon pushes the covered hip ball into the hip socket. One completed the incision is sutured close and a bandage is applied.

Hip Resurfacing Surgery Complications

With any type of surgical procedure there are always risks involved. The orthopedic surgeon will discuss risks and complication of hip resurfacing with you prior to the surgery. Some common complications associated with hip resurfacing include fractures of affected hip bone, loosening of the hip ball metal cap and poor healing of the surgical site. 

Hip Resurfacing Surgery Recovery

Total rehabilitation after hip resurfacing can range from six weeks to three months but this will differ among patients. It is important after surgery to avoid task that put you at risk for hip injury.

Cost Of Hip Resurfacing Surgery

The cost to of hip resurfacing surgery will change from person to person. Various components such as the procedure performed the location of the procedure and the surgeon performing the procedure will affect the cost of hip resurfacing.

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