As with a total hip replacement, this procedure is sought after by patients who have been experiencing chronic hip pain due to a variety of factors. For example:
The main difference with this procedure and a total hip replacement is that in a hip resurfacing procedure, we do not replace the femoral head of the patient. We do place a medal insert in the acetabulum, just as in a total hip replacement. The femoral head is ‘resurfaced’ and trimmed so that a metal ‘cap’ is fitted over the damaged bone.
About the surgery
OR time: 2:30 to 3:00 hours
Recovery time in hospital: 3 to 4 days
Recovery period after discharge: 3 - 6 weeks