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.
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.
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:
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.