Unlike a total hip replacement, with hip resurfacing we do not remove the thigh bone (femoral head). Instead, we trim and cap it with a smooth metal covering. We do, however, remove and replace the damaged socket bone and cartilage with a metal shell, just as we would in a total hip replacement.
Hip resurfacing is not suitable for everyone. Usually, the best candidates for hip resurfacing are younger (younger than 60), larger-framed patients (often, but not always male) with strong, healthy bone. Patients who are older, female, smaller-framed, and with weaker or damaged bone are at higher risk of complications.
There may be some advantages to hip resurfacing over total hip replacements for some patients. We will discuss all options with you to determine which strategy will work best for you.