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  Partial Hip Replacement


In a partial hip replacement surgery, the socket is usually left intact. The head of the femur is replaced with an artificial ball shaped component similar to that used in a total hip replacement. Sometimes a device is fitted over the bone which means the top of the femur does not have to be cut.

Hip Resurfacing Option

To Conserve As Much Bone As Possible

For younger patients, a total hip replacement may not be the best solution for their hip pain because it can mean difficult and numerous revisions later in life. Hip resurfacing, however, leaves more of the bone in place, giving these patients more time before a total hip replacement becomes necessary.

Partial hip resurfacing, or hemi-resurfacing, is the most bone-conserving approach to hip surgery. During this procedure, only the femoral head (where the leg joins the hip) is reshaped and resurfaced. The hip socket (acetabulum) is left completely intact. The obvious benefit with partial resurfacing is that the patient keeps most of his or her own bone, which allows for easier revisions in the future (if one becomes necessary).

Possible surgical complications of Partial hip replacement may include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Little to no improvement in mobility
  • Adherence to physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • Inflammation around artificial joint
  • Absorption of bone around artificial hip joint
  • Artificial hip dislocation
  • Debris from artificial components




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