Is Hip Resurfacing the Hip Replacement Alternative Younger Patients Have Needed?

To have “bad hips,” you must be quite a bit up there in age, right? This is a natural perception that most people have. In truth, there are thousands upon thousands of young, active men and women who would not fit that perception, but who do have significant hip pain. If you are not familiar with the standard hip replacement procedure, this surgery is typically not indicated for younger patients. The life span of the new hip does not correlate with the lifespan of someone in their forties or fifties, and this would mean at least one revision surgery.

Historically, to avoid revision meant to forego surgery altogether. Now, there is another option: hip resurfacing. Patients of our Paramus, New Jersey knee and joint replacement center are welcomed to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about hip resurfacing and what it may do for them.

Arthritis is at the heart of many hip problems. This condition wears away the cartilage that surrounds the ball and socket joint of the hip. Without this buffer, bones rub and, upon certain movements, may express noticeable pain. Regardless of age, no person should have to tolerate this.

Hip resurfacing is advantageous for the younger patient because this procedure preserves a greater extent of natural bone structure, which supports the long-term integrity of the repaired joint. What patients tend to note after hip resurfacing is that their joint feels natural and normal, just like their previous hip, before arthritis diminished mobility and comfort. In many situations, patients are able to resume activities such as running.

The Goal of Hip Resurfacing

Like total hip replacement, hip resurfacing is performed with the end-goal of improved comfort and mobility in mind. The primary difference between the two procedures is that hip resurfacing is designed around the high-demand patient, one who wants to lead an active lifestyle for the foreseeable future. According to statistics, the creation of a metal-on-metal “socket” surface versus one that may have been nearly bone-on-bone can do this.

Thousands of resurfacing procedures have been performed since FDA-approval in 2006. While it is becoming more common, hip resurfacing is best performed by highly-trained orthopedic surgeons who have substantial experience with the intricate hip joint.

Are you “too young for hip replacement?” Let’s talk about the value of hip resurfacing. Call 201-291-4040 for your visit to Hartzband Center for Hip & Knee Replacement in Paramus.




Category: Hip Replacement

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