The hip joint provides the ability to move your leg through a wide range of motions. The joint is made up of a cup-shaped socket that is part of the pelvis and a ball (femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur). The socket, called the acetabulum, is lined with cartilage that cushions the bones and allows smooth leg rotation. If the cartilage begins to wear or degenerate, the hip loses its flexibility and the bones may begin to scrape against each other, causing restricted motion and significant pain. Hip resurfacing is a procedure that replaces worn cartilage and damaged bone by capping the femur with a metal covering and placing a metal cup-shaped liner in the acetabulum. The best candidates for hip resurfacing are physically active and typically younger than 60 years of age. Solid bone tissue in the femur is a requirement for hip resurfacing.
Questions For Your Doctor
1. What guidelines should I follow prior to my procedure? Will I need other tests or evaluations before the procedure?
2. Which type of repair will you perform and why is it the appropriate procedure for my condition?
3. What will happen if I don’t undergo the procedure now?
4. How long will the procedure last and will I be under anesthesia?
5. Will I have dressings, bandages, or stitches after surgery? When should they be removed?
6. Will I be given medication after surgery? What tips do you have for me to ease discomfort?
7. How long of a recovery period can I expect, and what kind of help will I need during my recovery? Are there special instructions for eating, sleeping, or bathing?
8. When can I bear full weight on the surgical side after the procedure?
9. When can I return to work, resume normal activity, drive, and exercise?
10. Will I need physical therapy?