Hip resurfacing is surgery used to rejuvenate your hip joint, similar to hip replacement except it does not remove the ball part of the joint — the femoral head — which sits at the top of the thigh bone. Instead, your orthopedic surgeon will trim, reshape, and cap this area with artificial (man-made) materials. The new surface helps the joint move easier.
Hip resurfacing is a more common surgery choice than hip replacement for young, active patients with strong bones and a relatively large frame. This procedure preserves more bone at the femoral head, leading to improved joint stability and reduced risk of future dislocation.
Find an orthopedic surgeon at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospitals or call (702) 616-4900 to learn more about your options for hip resurfacing in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV. You can also take our online joint pain assessment to gauge your joint status and see how to better care for your joints.
Why Hip Resurfacing is Performed
Your doctor may recommend hip resurfacing to treat chronic hip pain due to:
- Dysplasia, when the hip joint doesn’t develop normally causing the joint to wear out
- Inflammatory forms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis
- Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of cartilage and bone
- Osteonecrosis, or death of bone (a rare condition)
- Traumatic arthritis, a condition similar to osteoarthritis that develops after a fracture or severe sprain or strain
What to Expect
Hip resurfacing is major surgery that involves a large incision in the thigh and hip, usually larger than for a hip replacement. Before surgery begins, you will be given general anesthesia.
Recovery After Hip Resurfacing at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican Hospitals
You will spend one to four days in the hospital after hip resurfacing surgery. Some people may need time in a rehabilitation center before they are ready to return home.
You will need to use a walker, cane, or crutches for several weeks after the procedure. Physical therapy will help you regain hip strength and movement. Your surgeon will tell you when it is safe to return to your normal activities.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers hip resurfacing to patients of all ages in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.