Montefiore New Rochelle Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Joint Solutions: Hip Resurfacing

Suffering from advanced and debilitating osteoarthritis of the hips and considering total hip replacement? You may have another option: Hip Resurfacing.

Hip resurfacing is similar to a total hip replacement, in that the worn and painful surfaces of the hip are resurfaced with man-made components. The main difference is that with hip resurfacing, far less bone is removed. Instead, surgeons reshape the femoral head to receive a protective metal “cap,” rather than remove it entirely, which occurs in a hip replacement. The femoral neck (top of the thigh bone) remains intact, while the socket side of the hip is relined similarly to a hip replacement.

There are a number of advantages to hip resurfacing, including:  

  • Bone preservation: With total hip replacement, the entire femoral head or “ball” is removed and a metal stem is inserted into the femoral canal. With hip re- surfacing, the femoral neck and part of the femoral head is preserved, making revision surgery, if necessary, much less difficult.
  • Reduced risk of dislocation: A hip resurfacing uses a larger diameter ball, which gives the hip greater stability and reduces the rate of dislocation.
  • Easier Revisions: Resurfacing only replaces part of the joint and leaves more thighbone intact. When a later revision surgery is needed (such as a total hip replacement), it is usually easier to perform.  Patients sometimes move from a hip resurfacing to a total hip replacement; resurfacing is not possible after a total hip replacement.
  • Less wear and tear:  All implants placed into the body wear out over time, but the new generation of hip resurfacing implants (prostheses) has been shown to break down less frequently.
  • Greater range of motion: Hip resurfacing patients are usually able to move their hips with greater range of motion than those who have received a total hip replacement.

Is Hip Resurfacing For You?

Our orthopaedic specialists with Joint Solutions can explain the reasons why hip resurfacing may, or may not, be right for you. If you do opt for the surgery, we will be with your every step of the way—from educational classes pre-surgery to extremely vigilant and coordinated follow up care.

Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, nurses, nurse practitioners and physical and occupational therapists realizes that preparation, education, continuity of treatment, as well as comprehensive care post-surgery, are essential for optimal results.

Want more information about the Joint Solutions Program at Montefiore New Rochelle? We also understand that communication and knowledge are integral to success. With that in mind, we have compiled a detailed “Guidebook for Hips” to help you navigate the process.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at 914-365-3981. We look forward to hearing from you.