Physicians often advise patients with hip pain to hold off as long as possible before getting a hip replacement. That's because total hip replacements usually last about 15–20 years so younger patients may need another replacement later in life. For those who qualify, hip resurfacing (also called Birmingham Hip Resurfacing or BHR) may be an alternative to total hip replacement.
Hip Resurfacing Benefits
- Saves Bone—With hip resurfacing, the ball and socket bones are resurfaced rather than completely replaced.
- Improved Stability—The size of the implant may also help retain hip stability and range of movement.
- Relieves pain—Hip resurfacing implants offer many years of pain relief for qualifying patients.
- Return to Activity—Many hip resurfacing patients resume low impact activities safely, free from pain and stiffness.
Is Hip Resurfacing Right for You?
Your orthopedic surgeon can determine if you are a good candidate for hip resurfacing. Considerations include:
- Age—The best candidates are males in the 40–55 age range with mild osteoarthritis.
- Bone density—Hip resurfacing is best for patients with strong bone quality
- Prior surgery—Those who have already had total hip replacement surgery are not candidates.