Hip Resurfacing: An Innovative Alternative to Hip Replacement
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital now offers hip resurfacing, an innovative new alternative to total hip replacement. Patients under age 60 who suffer from hip pain due to arthritis, dysplasia or avascular necrosis may benefit from this bone-conserving approach.
Because this technologically advanced surgical procedure resurfaces rather than replaces the end of your femur (thighbone), you may participate in more strenuous physical activity with an implant that is potentially longer-lasting and more stable than total hip replacements.
As you may know, total hip replacement requires the removal of the femoral head and neck and the insertion of a hip stem down the shaft of the femur. Hip resurfacing, on the other hand, requires the removal of just a few centimeters of bone and preserves both the femoral head and neck.
The implant used for the resurfacing procedure is similar to a cap for a tooth. In addition, because it is made entirely from tough, smooth metal, this implant has the potential to last longer than traditional total hip implants made form metal and plastic.