Why Not Hip Resurfacing

There are several reasons why hip resurfacing may not be recommended or performed in certain cases:

1. Advanced age: Hip resurfacing is generally not recommended for older individuals above the age of 65, as they may have weaker bone quality, reduced bone density, and potential co-existing medical conditions that may increase the risk of complications during or after surgery.

2. Poor bone quality: Hip resurfacing requires sufficient bone quality and density for the implant to securely fixate to the femoral head. If the bone is weak or damaged, it may not be a suitable option, and a total hip replacement may be recommended instead.

3. Osteoporosis: Individuals with severe osteoporosis, a condition characterized by low bone density and strength, may not be suitable candidates for hip resurfacing. The femoral neck, where the metal cap is placed, may be too weak to support the implant, increasing the risk of fractures.

4. Femoral neck deformities: Certain structural abnormalities or deformities of the femoral neck may make hip resurfacing more technically challenging or risky. In such cases, a total hip replacement may be a more appropriate option.

5. Hip joint inflammation: Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis can cause significant joint damage and deformities. Hip resurfacing may not be recommended if the joint is extensively damaged or if the inflammation is severe.

6. Poor overall health: Individuals with significant medical conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, compromised immune systems, or uncontrolled diabetes may not be suitable candidates for hip resurfacing. Surgery and the recovery process can put additional stress on the body, and these underlying health issues may increase the risk of complications.

It is important to consult with a qualified orthopedic surgeon who can assess the individual’s specific condition and determine the most appropriate treatment option for their case.

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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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