Hip resurfacing is used as an alternative to a total hip replacement for younger patients with arthritis. The procedure removes less bone than a total hip, and if required, a revision procedure is generally easier.
The procedure takes approximately ninety minutes and usually requires patients to remain in hospital for four to five days following surgery. During the procedure, a fifteen - twenty cm incision is made along the outside of the upper thigh. Once the incision has been made, the surface of the diseased femoral head and the lining of the cup into which it fits are removed and replaced.
Patients will have a X-ray to check the new hip is positioned well on the day following the operation. The physiotherapists will begin to guide patients through some bed exercises. The physiotherapy will progressively increase over the following few days, to improve movement and walking to ensure patients are confident in the use of their crutches prior to discharge.
Physiotherapy rehabilitation will continue for a few weeks following discharge in an outpatient setting. Patients should regain almost full and pain free movement of the hip within six to nine months following surgery.