If you’re looking for alternatives to hip replacement, your doctor may recommend hip resurfacing. The procedure is similar to a full hip replacement, but instead of removing the ball of the thigh bone, a surgeon trims and reshapes it, then caps it with artificial materials.
Hip resurfacing rejuvenates the hip joint and makes it easier to move. It also preserves more bone in the ball of the joint, which improves stability in the joint and lessens the risk of dislocation.
Dignity Health North State uses the latest surgical tools and technology to provide advanced orthopedic care for hip injuries and chronic hip conditions. For more information about the benefits of hip resurfacing in Northern California, Find a Doctor online today.
Reasons for Hip Resurfacing Surgery
Doctors often recommend hip resurfacing for younger, more active patients. If you have strong bones and a relatively large frame, you may be a good candidate for this surgery.
Hip resurfacing can be a useful treatment for a range of hip problems, including:
- Inflammatory or traumatic arthritis
- Hip dysplasia
Talk with an orthopedic specialist to see if hip resurfacing or another hip surgery is right for you.
What to Expect: Hip Resurfacing at Dignity Health North State
Hip resurfacing surgery can take place in one of our Dignity Health North State locations:
Since hip resurfacing is major surgery, it usually requires a large incision in the hip and thigh and general anesthesia. Your surgeon can explain any risks and a plan to minimize them.
St. Elizabeth Community Hospital offers MAKOplasty, which is a minimally invasive option for hip resurfacing, providing patients with faster recovery and less risk of surgery complications.
Recovery After Hip Resurfacing
After surgery, you may need to spend one to four days in the hospital. Your health care team will monitor your status and make sure everything is healing properly. Some patients also need time in a rehabilitation center before the doctor determines its safe to go home. Once home, you’ll have physical therapy to build strength and flexibility in your hip joint. Crutches may be helpful for a period of time. It may take up to 12 weeks for a full recovery.
If you’re considering surgery for a hip problem, talk with a Dignity Health North State doctor about the possibility of hip resurfacing.
Skilled orthopedic surgeons at Dignity Health North State perform hip resurfacing in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.