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Hip resurfacing

Compared to the total hip replacement this is a relatively new procedure in which the femoral head (the ball) is resurfaced rather than the entire head of the thighbone being replaced. Hip resurfacing in its current form has been performed since 1997 and in the correct patient group produces a long lasting solution with excellent function. Resurfacing best suits younger male patients less than 60 years old as they tend to have stronger bones and larger femoral heads.

Because most of the bone of the femur is preserved it is relatively easy to convert to a total hip replacement if it fails in the long term. There is also less likelihood of dislocation and patients can continue with more vigorous sporting activities.

Unfortunately a hip resurfacing is generally not performed for women as statistically women have not done as well with resurfacings.

What happens in hip resurfacing surgery?

The head of the femur (the 'ball') is shaped and covered with a metal cap, leaving the remaining bone underneath. This differs from total hip replacement where the entire head and the top section of the femur (thigh bone) are replaced. The socket is also lined with a metal cup. The patient's body will then produce synovial fluid to provide its own lubrication between the two metal surfaces.

The results of a bi-lateral hip resurfacing

Revision hip replacement surgery is also available at the London Hip Unit in addition to total hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing.

Miss Muirhead-Allwood

All surgery at The London Hip Unit team is carried out by Miss Sarah-Muirhead-Allwood BSc FRCS, an internationally renowned specialist hip surgeon. Miss Muirhead-Allwood is supported by a team of registrars, nurse specialists and medical secretaries.

Hip surgery

Miss Muirhead-Allwood is renowned for her expertise in the three main types of hip surgery.