Who Should Get Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing is a surgical procedure that involves removing the damaged surface of the hip joint and placing a metal cap or resurfacing implant on the femur head. It is generally recommended for individuals who are younger and have healthier bones compared to traditional total hip replacement.

Hip resurfacing may be a suitable option for individuals who meet the following criteria:

1. Younger age: Hip resurfacing is more commonly recommended for patients who are under 60 years of age. This is because younger patients tend to have more active lifestyles and require a more durable solution for hip joint problems.

2. Good bone quality: Hip resurfacing requires strong and healthy bone in the femoral head (upper part of the thigh bone). Patients with good bone quality are considered better candidates for this procedure.

3. Larger bone size: Hip resurfacing implants are typically larger than those used in total hip replacement. Therefore, patients with larger bone size are more likely to be suitable candidates for this procedure.

4. Good general health: Like any surgery, hip resurfacing carries potential risks and complications. Patients with good overall health and without significant medical problems have better chances of successful outcomes.

5. Limited joint damage: Hip resurfacing is more appropriate for patients with less severe hip joint damage. It may not be suitable for those with advanced osteoarthritis or other conditions that have extensively damaged the hip joint.

However, the final decision on whether an individual is a suitable candidate for hip resurfacing is made by a qualified orthopedic surgeon. They will evaluate various factors, including the patient’s medical history, physical examination, and diagnostic imaging, to determine the most appropriate treatment option for each individual.

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Dr Richard Young

Dr. Richard Young is a board certified cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon

As one of the nation’s leading innovators in aesthetic surgery of the face, hand, breast and body, and a pioneer of reconstructive surgery and stem cell procedures, Dr. Richard Young is certified by the Board of Plastic Surgery and the Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

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