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For younger, more active people needing a hip replacement there is a high chance that a traditional hip replacement will wear out during their lifetime and need to be replaced again - a second replacement (revision) is much more difficult and consequently may last a shorter time than the original replacement.
Hip resurfacing is a type of hip replacement which replaces the two surfaces of the hip joint.
The procedure is very bone conserving as the head of the femur is retained. Instead of removing the head completely, it is shaped to accept an anatomically sized metal sphere. There is no large stem to go down the central part of the femur and the surface of the acetabulum (the socket) is also replaced with a metal implant, which is press fit directly into the bone.
The resurfacing components are made of 'As Cast' cobalt chrome which is finely machined to produce a very high quality surface with a low friction finish, hence low wear.
Who is a candidate for hip resurfacing?
This operation is primarily intended for use in people who are in need of a hip replacement at a younger age. There are certain causes of arthritis of the hip which mean that this technique cannot be used - namely those which have resulted in extreme deformity of either the head of the femur or the acetabulum.
For people needing a replacement under the age of 55, regular consideration is given for this procedure. People aged between 55 and 65 who are very active and otherwise fit may also be suitable and this will be determined by their bone quality and activity level. The procedure is rarely considered for people over the age of 65 however because a conventional type of hip replacement in somebody of this age group stands an extremely good chance of lasting them the rest of their lives.
Patients who need to have hip replacements under the age of 50 - 55, assuming they have normal life span, have a very high chance that the conventional hip replacement will wear out and need to be replaced during their lifetime - hence the hip resurfacing procedure offers potentially significant advantages in this group.
Only an orthopedic surgeon can determine whether hip resurfacing is an appropriate course of treatment. There are potential risks, and recovery takes time. The performance of the new joint depends on weight, activity level, age and other factors. These need to be discussed with your doctor. To find an orthopedic physician who specializes in hip resurfacing please use our Find a Physician tool.