Hip Resurfacing

Like a hip replacement, hip resurfacing is a procedure that resurfaces the worn and painful surfaces of the hip with man-made components. The main difference with hip resurfacing is that far less bone is removed than with a hip replacement. Rather than having the entire femoral head, or “ball” of the hip removed, hip resurfacing involves reshaping the femoral head to receive a metal “cap.” The socket side of the hip or acetabulum is relined very similarly to a hip replacement.

Hip resurfacing is most commonly recommended for younger patients with severe arthritis of the hip who may be faced with multiple surgeries over their lifetime.

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