A painful hip can severely affect your ability to lead a full and active life. If hip pain is limiting your activities, and non-operative procedures have been unsuccessful, your doctor may recommend hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing replaces the surface of the joint but removes far less bone than the traditional total hip replacement. Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is particularly well-suited for younger, active patients since it allows a natural range of motion while permitting full loading and more vigorous activities. Since it preserves bone around the hip joint, younger patients may be able to have a second revision or hip replacement as they grow older.
The hip joint is one of the true ball-and-socket joints of the body. The hip socket is called the acetabulum and forms a deep cup that surrounds the ball of the upper thighbone, known as the femoral head. Hip resurfacing may only affect the head of the femur or it may involve both the femoral head and the hip socket. Hip resurfacing doesn’t replace the “ball” of the hip with a metal or ceramic ball. Instead, the damaged hip ball is reshaped and capped with a metal prosthesis. The hip socket may also be fitted with a metal prosthesis, similar to what is used in a conventional hip replacement.
One of the leading edge hip surgeries taking place at Hoag Orthopedic is minimally invasive hip resurfacing or MIHR. Hoag’s operating rooms are state-of-the-art, and the surgeons aligned with Hoag are experts at utilizing advanced technology such as computer navigation. Computer navigation allows critical real-time measurements to be taken in order to obtain the most accurate implant alignment and position. In minimally invasive hip resurfacing the instruments are designed for a smaller incision, and that means less muscle is cut and less blood is lost. Since the wounds are smaller, the patient can look forward to a quicker recovery.
Hoag Orthopedic is a center of excellence in orthopedics, well known for utilizing leading-edge technologies and providing a greater standard of care. Hoag is also well known for its acclaimed JointWorks program where the latest advances in hip resurfacing surgery are combined with patient education and rehabilitation. Before, during and after your surgery the focus of the entire Hoag team will be on safety, pain management and the optimal outcome.
Your first physical therapy session with a member of Hoag’s orthopedic dedicated specialists will likely be scheduled soon after you wake up from surgery. Your therapist’s goal will be to help you maximize strength, weight shift evenly, walk normally, and improve your ability to do your activities. Most patients are able to drive within three weeks and walk without a walking aid by six weeks. You may enjoy a more rapid recovery if your surgery is minimally invasive.