Study: Hip Resurfacing Vs. Hip Replacement

Fred Bodimer

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Patients may benefit from having hip resurfacing verses a total hip replacement according to a local new study.

Washington University orthopedics researchers is led by Dr. Robert Barrack and recently found that hip resurfacing in some cases is better for younger, more active patients.

Most people are familiar with a hip replacement which is the procedure that replaces the head of the thighbone and the damaged socket with either ceramic, metal or plastic. Hip resurfacing is a tad bit different. During this procedure, the thighbone is not replaced, but is trimmed and capped by metal. The damaged bone or cartilage in the socket is removed and replaced with a shell made out of metal according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Barrack says these patients also reported a lower incidence of thigh pain and limping. About ten percent of patients are ideal patients, but Barrack says if you have straight forward arthritis and are very young and active and want to return to a very high activity level, there’s a clear advantage to hip resurfacing.

“We’ve had people successfully return to every high activity sport that they wanted to, not 100 percent of the time, but probably over 80 percent of the time, which is higher than with a hip replacement,” says Barrack.


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