Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Knoxville’s Best Choice for Hip Resurfacing Surgery in Eastern Tennessee

Advanced arthritis of the hip generally leads to one of two options: hip replacement or hip resurfacing. Though hip replacement is the more well-known procedure, hip resurfacing offers greater benefits for certain patients with advanced arthritis of the hip. 

Hip Replacement vs. Hip Resurfacing

In a traditional hip replacement, the damaged femoral head and hip socket are both removed and replaced. In hip resurfacing surgery, the femoral head is not removed. It is simply “resurfaced” with a smooth, new metal covering. The damaged socket is still removed and replaced just as in total hip replacement surgery. 

Benefits of Hip Resurfacing

Your orthopedic surgeon will help you choose between hip replacement and hip resurfacing surgery based on your specific needs and the condition of your hip joint. There are many benefits to hip resurfacing surgery, such as:

  • The metal covering of the femoral head may be easier to replace when it wears out. All hip replacement parts wear out eventually, usually after 15 to 20 years. 
  • Hip resurfacing leaves a larger femoral head than a traditional hip replacement, which means a lower risk of dislocation after surgery.
  • Hip resurfacing patients tend to enjoy a more natural gate after surgery.

Recovery From Hip Resurfacing

After hip reframing surgery, you’ll spend a few days in the hospital recovering before being sent home. You’ll be asked to put weight on the affected hip immediately after surgery with the aid of crutches or a walker. Physical therapy will help you to regain your strength and learn to move with your new hip. The total recovery time for hip resurfacing surgery is approximately six weeks.

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