Hip resurfacing is a type of hip surgery that helps your hip move easier. It is similar to hip replacement, but doesn’t remove the head (ball) of the thigh bone. Instead, hip resurfacing reshapes, trims, and caps the thigh bone with artificial materials, such as metal or plastic.
Because hip resurfacing preserves more bone at the head of the thigh bone, it reduces the risk of future dislocation and improves hip joint stability. Hip resurfacing is often preferred over hip replacement for young, active people with relatively large frames and strong bones.
If hip pain or disability is affecting your daily life, the orthopedic experts at Dignity Health Southern California can help get you moving again. Your care team includes board-certified surgeons, doctors, nurses, and therapists. We are here to support you from diagnosis to surgery and through rehabilitation.
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Why is Hip Resurfacing Surgery Performed?
Your doctor may recommend hip resurfacing to treat chronic hip pain due to hip conditions, including:
- Various forms of arthritis, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and traumatic arthritis
- Dysplasia, which is when the hip joint doesn’t develop normally causing it to wear out
- Osteonecrosis, or death of bone (a rare condition)
What to Expect During Hip Resurfacing Surgery
Hip resurfacing takes place under general anesthesia in a Dignity Health Southern California hospital. Your surgeon will make a large incision in the hip and thigh. Because hip resurfacing is a more difficult surgery, you will have a larger incision like what is used for hip replacement.
Possible risks and complications include:
- Formation of new bone along the hip joint, which can cause pain and stiffness
- Dislocation of the hip joint
- Thigh bone fracture
- Nerve or blood vessel damage
- Blood clots
- Wear and tear of the joint, requiring a hip replacement
- Reactions to anesthesia
Hip Resurfacing Recovery at Dignity Health Southern California
You will need to spend a few days in the hospital and possibly a rehabilitation center before you can return home safely. You will also need to use crutches for several weeks. Physical therapy will aid your recovery by improving hip movement and strength. However, full recovery can take up to 12 weeks.
Talk to your doctor to see if hip resurfacing is an option for treating your hip condition or injury.
Dignity Health surgeons perform hip resurfacing in Southern California with personal care and expertise.