A painful, stiff hip
can keep you from doing the simple things in life, even walking without
pain. Hip Resurfacing is a safe, reliable procedure that can relieve
your pain and stiffness and return you to most of the activities that
There are four main
causes for hip degeneration
remains the most common cause of hip joint degeneration. This is
a degenerative process which directly results in the wearing out of
cartilage on the joint surface. Over time, the joint surface slowly
erodes, resulting in a painful joint when it moves and bears weight.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
is a disease of the tissue which lines the inside of the joint. This
results in the joint becoming inflamed (hot, swollen and painful), stiff
and deformed. The initiating cause is unknown, but is thought to be
an allergic reaction against the own body's defenses.
- Avascular necrosis
(AVN) is another form of hip joint degeneration where the blood
supply to the femoral head (ball portion) of the joint is reduced. This
causes this portion of the bone to die, which leads to the collapse
of the effected bone and degeneration of the joint.
and trauma to the hip joint can also be a cause of joint degeneration.
Osteoarthritis is a
progressive degenerative disease, so it has a number of different stages,
and therefore a number of short and long term treatments.
Short term, osteoarthritis
can be treated conservatively, by diet, exercise modification, medications
and physiotherapy. Long term, however, requires surgical intervention.
The traditional treatment
of total hip replacement works very well for the older less active patient.
The Hip Resurfacing technique provides a more conservative and
less traumatic alternative to total hip replacement. This technique provides
the younger more active patient unmatched quality of life.