For younger patients who are not yet ready to consider a full hip replacement, a Mercy Orthopedics of Sacramento hip resurfacing surgery may be the solution.
Hip resurfacing is a newer technique in which the damaged hip socket is replaced in a manner similar to a total hip replacement, but the head of the femur (thighbone) is resurfaced - shaved, rounded and fitted into a metal cap - sparing more of the bone of the femoral head and neck.
Because hip resurfacing leaves more of the bone intact, patients who opt for this procedure maintain the option later in life for a successful total hip replacement, if necessary. The approximated life of the new joint after resurfacing is around 15 years, making this procedure attractive for patients in their 40s and 50s.
At Mercy Orthopedics of Sacramento, hip resurfacing surgery come in a number of options. A comprehensive, individualized assessment is done for each patient to determine the option most suited to his or her condition and needs.
Hip Surgery Details
At Mercy, we take a multi-modal approach to managing your pain before, during and after hip surgery. Our goal is to have you remain as pain-free as possible. Not only will you be more comfortable, but optimal pain control is important to speed your recovery and ensure participation in necessary therapies.
By taking a pre-emptive approach to pain management, we're able to stay ahead of the pain, using a variety of methods to keep you comfortable. These may include intra-articular injections during hip surgery and patient-controlled analgesics after.
As with any surgery, there is a risk of complications after hip surgery. However, they are relatively rare. Blood clots are the most common complication after hip surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon may prescribe one or more measures to prevent blood clots from forming in your leg veins, such as special support hose, inflatable leg coverings and blood thinners.
After hip surgery, you will spend 2 to 3 nights in the hospital. Most hip surgery patients begin standing and walking with the help of a walking support and a physical therapist the day after surgery. It is important to begin moving after surgery to get your blood flowing, this will help to prevent blood clots from forming in your legs.
Recovery varies with each person. It is essential that you follow your orthopedic surgeon's instructions regarding home care during the first few weeks after surgery, especially the exercise program you are prescribed. You should be able to resume most normal light activities of daily living within three to six weeks following surgery. Some discomfort with activity, and at night, is common for several weeks. Complete recovery can take from about three to six months.
While most people will gradually increase their activities and enjoy golf, tennis or bowling, you will be advised to avoid more active sports, such as jogging, singles tennis and other high-impact sports.
If you are a patient who lives alone, you may require a short stay in a rehabilitation center for a few days after you leave the hospital. This will depend on how you progress in the hospital. Keep in mind that healing and recovery times vary with each person.
As you watch this video
, you'll hear Mercy-affiliated orthopedic surgeon Ron James, MD, talk about the option of joint resurfacing for individuals in their 40s and 50s, which, in some situations, could be a better first step than a total joint replacement.
If you're considering hip resurfacing or hip replacment, Sacramento's Mercy Orthopedics can help. Call (916) 851-2511
to schedule a hip replacement surgery consultation today or request an appointment online