During a hip resurfacing, the ball (femoral head) of the thighbone is not replaced, but instead trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering.

The damaged socket (acetabulum) of the hip joint is removed and replaced as with the total hip replacement.

Hip Resurfacing Overview

The hip resurfacing procedures are performed most often when the patient has these conditions and nonsurgical treatment options are no longer a viable treatment option:

  • Advanced osteoarthritis,
  • Avascular necrosis,
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis,
  • Congenital hip dysplasia,
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Conditions Treated by Hip Resurfacing

Dr. Vigdorchik is a strong believer in prioritizing non-operative treatment for hip conditions, only recommending surgery when most beneficial to the patient.

To determine the best treatment option for the patient, Dr. Vigdorchik carefully considers the patient’s condition, medical history, lifestyle, and personal preferences.

Candidates for Hip Resurfacing Procedures

Hip resurfacing is suitable for less patients than total hip replacements.

Broadly speaking, candidates for hip resurfacing are:

  • Younger than 60
  • Larger-framed and have strong
  • Have strong, healthy bones

Candidates who don’t fit description have a higher risk of complications such as a femoral neck fracture.

Hip Resurfacing Recovery

Patients can often go home one to four days after surgery.

With the doctor’s recommendation the patient may begin walking again immediately after surgery.

Physical therapy will be necessary to help strengthen the hip and increase its range of motion.

It often takes approximately six weeks before the patient can resume regular activities.

Hip Resurfacing Articles

Learn more about hip resurfacing with these educational articles from New York City hip surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik:

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If you’re experiencing hip pain, trust NYC Hip Surgeon Dr. Vigdorchik to accurately diagnose and treat your hip pain by scheduling an appointment at (646) 754-2000.