Resurfacing Hip Replacement is most suited to active strong sportsmen.
The resurfacing hip is different to a total hip, as more natural femoral bone is preserved. It lends itself to active strong sportsmen, suiting athletic types (especially surfers), who more strenuously load the joint. For various reasons, it is not particularly well suited to women and we can certainly explain this to our female patients.
What happens with a resurfacing hip replacement?
Prof Walter places an artificial acetabular implant into the pelvis. A new surface (a “cap”) is placed over the top of the femoral head. With resurfacing, a stem is not placed into the femur (as is the case with total hip replacement).
Resurfacing Hip Replacement is suited to ‘younger’ active males
Studies show this procedure is suitable for active male patients under 60 years and Prof Walter always ensures the patient has good bone mineral density.
Professor Walter has performed many of these procedures in the last 15 years and is a leading researcher in this area.
Resurfacing got a bit of a bad name because of one company who produced and heavily marketed a poorly designed implant which led to a class action in the United States. This created a perception that all resurfacing hip replacements are unsafe, but this is not supported by data. There are many highly respected skilled surgeons who offer this approach with a very safe record.