Hip resurfacing surgery is performed in order to improve the functionality of the hip joint. This procedure is very similar to a hip replacement, but instead of removing the ball or head of the thigh bone, a surgeon trims, reshapes, and caps the hip with new, artificial materials. Hip resurfacing helps the joint move easier within the hip socket.
For people who are younger and active, hip resurfacing is a popular choice because it saves more of the healthy bone on the head of the thigh bone, which in turn helps improve stability and reduce the likelihood of future dislocations.
Dignity Health offers quality hip resurfacing in Arizona, as part of our orthopedic services. To learn more about this procedure or to request an appointment, Find a Doctor online.
Conditions Treated With Hip Resurfacing
Orthopedic doctors at Dignity Health may recommend hip resurfacing surgery in order to treat the following conditions:
- Arthritis caused by a traumatic event, such as a fracture or severe sprain or strain
- Osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on the bone and cartilage
- Osteonecrosis, death of bone tissue (arare condition)
- Inflammatory forms of arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Hip dysplasia, abnormal development of the hip joint
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What to Expect With Hip Resurfacing at Dignity Health
A trained orthopedic surgeon will perform this surgery in a Dignity Health hospital or outpatient surgery center. Since this is major surgery, you will have general anesthesia. You fall into a deep sleep and will not feel any pain during the operation. Your surgeon will make a large incision to access the hip joint, repair damaged areas, and place the artificial materials.
As with any major surgery, there are risks when resurfacing a hip. These include:
- Thigh bone fracture
- Damage to nerves or blood vessels
- Wear and tear on the joint
- The possibility of new bone forming along the hip joint, causing stiffness and pain
- Dislocation of the hip joint
Together with your doctor, you can determine the risks and benefits of hip surgery.
Hip Resurfacing Recovery
Most people will spend anywhere from one to four days recovering in the hospital after having a hip resurfaced. Time in a rehabilitation center may also be needed before your doctor says it is safe to return home. A full recovery may take up to 12 weeks. You will learn how to strengthen your hip and restore range of motion in physical therapy. You will also need crutches for support for several weeks.
Dignity Health offers a full range of hip procedures, including replacement and hip resurfacing, in Arizona.