In hip resurfacing, the femoral head of the thighbone is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering. The damaged bone and cartilage in the socket is removed and replaced with a shell.
Hip resurfacing may not be suitable for all patients. In general, the best candidates are people younger than 60 years who have strong, healthy bones. Consult with your physician if your hip pain is significantly affecting the quality of your daily life. A comprehensive evaluation will help determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.