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 several advantages to hip resurfacing compared to total hip replacements for some patients. We will discuss all options with you to determine which strategy will work best for you.

In most cases, joint replacement surgery is amazingly successful. However, about 10 percent of the time it becomes necessary to remove and replace old implants. This is called revision surgery.

You may need a revision surgery if your original replacement has worn from age, is failing due to an injury, or is causing other health issues. We will thoroughly review your situation to determine whether a revision surgery may be right for you.

We will consider whether:

  • The joint is painful or swollen, due to loosening, wear, or infection.
  • The function of the implant is declining, resulting in limpness, stiffness, or instability.
  • There is a change in the position or condition of the components.


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