Hip resurfacing is as a surgical alternative developed to use in place of total hip replacement (THR). Hip resurfacing consists of placing a cap made of cobalt-chrome metal, which is hollow and shaped like a mushroom, over the head of the femur (thigh bone) while a matching metal cup is placed in the acetabulum (the socket of the hip, into which the head of the femur fits) replacing the movement surfaces of the patient’s hip joint and removing very little bone compared to a Total Hip Replacement. When the patient moves the hip, the movement of the joint induces synovial fluid(a structure like egg white) to flow between the hard metal bearing surfaces lubricating them when the components are placed in the correct position.
The surgeon’s level of experience with hip resurfacing is most important. Therefore, the selection of the right surgeon is crucial for a successful outcome.
In most cases, patients go home 1 to 4 days after surgery. You may start putting weight on your leg immediately after surgery, depending on your doctor’s preferences and the strength of your bone. Sometimes you may need a walker, cane, or crutches for the first few days or weeks until you become comfortable enough to walk without assistance. Some pain and discomfort for several weeks after surgery can occur. Your doctor may prescribe pain medicine or may recommend physical therapy which includes some exercise to maintain your range of motion and restore your strength.
You can resume your regular activities of daily living by about 6 weeks after surgery.
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