Hip Resurfacing

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Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Medically reviewed by Dr. David Crawford

At JIS Orthopedics in New Albany and St. Clairsville, OH, we are thrilled to introduce hip resurfacing as part of our comprehensive orthopedic services. Led by the highly skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. David Crawford, we offer this groundbreaking surgical procedure that has significantly improved the lives of many individuals experiencing hip pain and limited mobility.

Are you ready to explore hip resurfacing to solve your hip pain? Schedule a consultation with the experienced orthopedic surgeons at JIS Orthopedics today! We’re here to guide you on your journey to a stronger, healthier hip.

Understanding Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Hip resurfacing surgery, an alternative to traditional total hip replacement surgery, involves the placement of a metal cap on the femoral head of the thigh bone, preserving the bone in the hip joint. This procedure is particularly popular among young, active patients who wish to maintain their lifestyle while finding relief from hip conditions.

Compared to traditional hip replacement, hip resurfacing surgery offers several advantages. Preserving the femoral head allows for better hip function and potentially reduces the risk of hip dislocation. Moreover, it conserves more bone, which may be beneficial for future revision surgeries.

Who Is a Candidate for Hip Resurfacing Surgery?

Candidates for hip resurfacing surgery typically include individuals who:

  • Are younger than 65 years old
  • Have a BMI lower than 35
  • Suffer from degenerative joint diseases, such as advanced arthritis or traumatic arthritis.
  • Have good bone stock and relatively intact femoral heads.
  • Are physically active and desire to maintain their active lifestyle.

JIS Orthopedics plans to extend this procedure to women in early 2024.

Preparing for Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Before undergoing hip resurfacing surgery, it is crucial to prepare for the procedure and optimize your chances of a successful outcome. Our team at JIS Orthopedics will guide you through the pre-operative process, which typically includes:

  1. Comprehensive evaluation: We will perform a thorough examination, including imaging tests, to assess the condition of your hip joint and determine if hip resurfacing is the right choice for you.
  2. Medical evaluation: We will review your medical history and conduct any necessary medical tests to ensure you are in good health for surgery.
  3. Preparing your home: Making some modifications to your home environment, such as rearranging furniture and creating a comfortable recovery space, can enhance your post-operative experience.
  4. Lifestyle adjustments: Your surgeon may provide specific instructions regarding medications, diet, and exercise to optimize your health and minimize the risk of complications.

The Hip Resurfacing Procedure

During the hip resurfacing procedure, your surgeon will:

  1. Administer anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the surgery.
  2. Make a small incision to access the hip joint.
  3. Prepare the femoral head by removing damaged bone and cartilage.
  4. Place a metal cap on the prepared femoral head.
  5. Remove the cartilage that lines the socket with a power tool called a reamer.
  6. Place a metal cup into the socket.
  7. Close the incision with sutures or staples.


The metal cap and hip socket create a smooth ball-and-socket joint, facilitating improved hip function and reduced pain.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

Following hip resurfacing surgery, a tailored rehabilitation program will be essential for your recovery. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping you regain strength, flexibility, and mobility in your hip joint. Our dedicated team of orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists will guide you through this process, ensuring a safe and effective recovery.

While recovery times may vary, it is essential to note that it can take several months to fully regain your strength and resume your daily activities. Adhering to your physical therapy regimen and following the guidance of your medical team will optimize your results.

Potential Risks and Complications of Hip Resurfacing

As with any surgical procedure, hip resurfacing carries some potential risks and complications. Potential complications may include:

  • Infection
  • Blood clots
  • Dislocation of the hip joint
  • Femoral neck fracture
  • Metalosis leading to soft tissue and bone damage
  • Difference in leg length


However, it’s crucial to understand that these risks are relatively low, and our experienced orthopedic surgeons employ advanced techniques and precautions to minimize them.

It’s also important to note that there is a minimal risk of metal ion release. However, we use the highest-quality implants with excellent long-term survival rates, surpassing those of most traditional hip replacements.

Book Your Hip Resurfacing Appointment Today!

Hip resurfacing is a revolutionary surgical procedure that offers a viable alternative to traditional hip replacement for younger, active individuals seeking relief from hip pain and improved joint function. At JIS Orthopedics, we are committed to providing exceptional care throughout your hip resurfacing journey, from the initial consultation to post-operative rehabilitation.

If you are considering hip resurfacing surgery, contact our skilled orthopedic surgeons at JIS Orthopedics in New Albany or St. Clairsville, Ohio today! Let us help you regain pain-free mobility and get back to doing the activities you love.

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