Hip resurfacing is a procedure aimed at treating hip pain caused by osteoarthritis, much like a total hip replacement. However, there are some key differences between the two procedures.
In a traditional total hip replacement, the femoral head (the top part of the thighbone) is entirely removed and replaced. Hip resurfacing removes less bone, only trimming the cartilage of the femoral head and capping it with a metal cover. This procedure offers many benefits, including easier future revisions and a decreased risk of hip dislocation.
Both options will be explored to determine which one best suits the patient’s specific needs, offering relief from pain and restoring mobility and quality of life.
Patients suitable for hip resurfacing are young, healthy adults who are eager to engage in higher-impact activities deemed unsuitable for hip replacement. Tennis player Andy Murray is one of the world’s most notable hip resurfacing patients. You can follow his journey here.
Hip resurfacing offers several potential benefits, including the preservation of more natural bone compared to traditional hip replacement, which may be advantageous for younger, more active patients. This procedure often results in improved stability and range of motion in the hip joint. Moreover, some individuals report reduced risk of hip dislocation and a more natural feel to the joint due to the large metal-on-metal articulation.
Hip replacement patients face the general surgical risks characteristic of hip replacement surgery. Hip resurfacing specific risks:
Associate Professor Munjed Al Muderis is among the few surgeons in the world trained to perform the direct anterior approach for both hip resurfacing and total hip replacement. This level of expertise ensures that patients benefit from a high level of skill and knowledge in both surgical procedures.
The aim of the procedure is to remove the painful hip joint’s surface and replace it with artificial components. The hip resurfacing procedure is done through an anterior, minimally invasive approach to the hip and involves replacing the femoral head using specialised powered instruments and applying a metal covering.
Hip resurfacing involves several key steps.
Post-surgery care following a hip resurfacing procedure is crucial for a successful recovery. Patients should adhere to several key guidelines:
Overall, attentive post-surgery care is vital for a smooth recovery and the long-term success of a hip resurfacing procedure. Patients should maintain open communication with their healthcare team and diligently follow their recommendations and guidelines.
If patients are worried about their level of pain, experience significant bleeding, or notice fever or redness around the surgical site, they should contact the office immediately. If assistance is needed after hours, patients can contact the hospital where the surgery was performed, and they will contact Professor Al Muderis on their behalf.
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