What is Hip Resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing is a procedure that creates artificial replacements for worn surfaces of the hip joint, but preserves more of the natural bone than a traditional hip replacement procedure.
In hip resurfacing, the femoral neck (top of the thigh bone) is left intact and the femoral head (ball joint) is resurfaced rather than entirely replaced. Then a cap is placed on the femoral head and another on the acetabular surface, creating a new, smoother joint surface.
The latest hip resurfacing method is called the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing. This method has been used worldwide since 1997, and was approved for use in the United States in 2006.