Hip resurfacing is an alternative to traditional hip replacement that is particularly suited to younger, highly active patients. This procedure replaces a thin layer of bone from both sides of the hip joint with metal surfaces, which is biomechanically more similar to the natural hip than a traditional hip replacement. Resurfacing preserves more of the natural bone – an important consideration for the younger patient who may need additional surgery later in life. Resurfacing facilitates natural movement of the hip joint without fear of dislocation. As a result, these patients are able to achieve a much higher activity level after surgery to include running and full athletic participation, which is not typically possible after a traditional hip replacement. Less bone loss, increased stability of the hip joint and avoidance of thigh pain are key benefits of hip resurfacing.
Doctors Thomas Gross and Coleman Fowble of Midlands Orthopaedics both perform hip resurfacing procedures in addition to traditional hip replacements. Here’s what a few of their patients have to say about the experience:
“I have much greater mobility and no pain! Stairs are not a problem and the recovery period was easy – out of work for only two weeks!” Donna Heatherington, hip resurfacing, 2006 (right) and 2012 (left)
“Got my life back, doing the things I enjoy. I had become almost completely sedentary. Feel much, much better.” Tommy Leslie, hip resurfacing, May 2012
“I have been able to start working again and have lost a total of 25 pounds. I am not in any pain anymore!!” Denise Stamps, hip resurfacing, March 2011
“I am better, better and better!” Ed Crawford, hip resurfacing, November 2011
“I was in almost constant pain and now barely three months out, I have to remind myself that I had the operation.” John Adams, traditional hip replacement, 2012
Contact Midlands Orthopaedics today to determine if you are a candidate for hip resurfacing or if a traditional hip replacement is a better option for you. Advanced Options. Skilled Specialists.