The hip resurfacing procedure is done to preserve bone and restore function to a damaged hip. It is considered a viable alternative to hip replacement surgery for many people. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia or spinal block.
This procedure is generally intended for active people who are under the age of 60. Individuals over the age of 60 may be considered if they have adequate bone volume. Certain disorders of the femur or hip socket may disqualify a person as a candidate regardless of their age.
The following may exclude you as a candidate for hip resurfacing:
Length of the procedure: 1 to 3 hours
Hospital Stay: When seeking a hip resurfacing procedure through medical tourism the typical hospital stay ranges from 5 to 10 days.
Recovery before traveling home: 10 days
The hip resurfacing procedure begins with the administration of general anesthesia or spinal block. The area is prepped with a liquid antiseptic. Then, an incision is made on the patient’s hip and thigh.
During the procedure the surgeon will remove the surfaces that are worn from the hip socket and thigh bone. These surfaces will be covered with metal. The surgeon will finish the procedure by closing the wound with stitches or staples.
During recovery the patient will have a special pillow placed between their legs to prevent dislocation. They will also wear medical compression stockings to prevent blood clots. To facilitate recovery the patient will need to participate in some physical therapy both during and after their hospital stay.
Physical begins with the following:
Certain activities should be limited for the first six months after a hip resurfacing procedure including:
After recovering from hip resurfacing most patients’ range of motion is restored to almost normal. The recovery period for this procedure is roughly six months because this is how long it takes for the bone to seal to the implant. After this time most patients return to normal daily activities with little to no discomfort.
As with any surgical procedure there are risk and complications associated with hip resurfacing. The following are the most common risks associated with this procedure:
Any concerns you have regarding these risks before and after your hip resurfacing procedure should be discussed with your surgeon.Contact your physician if: