At the American Hip Institute, hip resurfacing is a bone-saving alternative to total hip replacement. With an anterior, minimally invasive, and computer-navigated approach, the procedure aims to restore hip mobility and function by relining the hip joint. A major benefit to this procedure is that most of the healthy hip bone is preserved. The end of the thigh bone that fits into the hip socket is trimmed to remove only the arthritic or damaged portion, leaving most of the thigh bone untouched. The trimmed surface is then covered with a thin, smooth metal dome.
At the American Hip Institute, hip resurfacing can be performed safely in an outpatient setting, and patients can expect a quick recovery after surgery. The ideal candidate for this procedure is younger and physically active men.
Advantages of Hip Resurfacing
- Minimal bone loss
- Shorter recovery time
- A smaller implant
- Easier revision: Hip resurfacing prosthetics have excellent durability and longevity, yet sometimes they wear out and require revision surgery. As hip resurfacing less preserves more healthy bone, the revision surgery should be easier to perform.
- Decreased risk of hip dislocation
- More natural walking pattern
- Greater range of hip motion