With the development
of Hip Resurfacing surgery, many advantages exist compared to the traditional
full hip replacement:
The Hip Resurfacing device is chrome cobalt, metal combination. It is
smaller than a traditional total hip device. With a smaller device the
operation is less invasive, therefore providing the patient with a rapid,
post operative mobilisation program.
The incision itself is approximately 15cm -20cm long.
Reduction in the
Bone removed: hip resurfacing literally means retreading the bone with
a metal prosthesis. Therefore, there is a significant decrease in the
amount of bone removal. Only a small amount of bone needs to be removed.
Decrease in Complication
Rates: hip resurfacing surgery greatly reduces the disruption of
the joint, therefore providing a shorter recovery period and a decrease
in complications. A dramatic reduction of dislocation rates, and a reduction
to the problem of leg lengthening or shortening.
Time: Most hip resurfacing patients are walking 4 hours after surgery.
Total time spent in hospital is approximately 2 days. Within 2 weeks,
most patients are back driving, resuming most of their normal activities.
Hip resurfacing dramatically improves quality of life.