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Natural Movement. Pain-free Living. And a Full Return to Impact Sports

Our hip resurfacing procedures are next level. They’re complex surgeries that require the highest level of skill and precision – but the results are worth it. Our patients routinely enjoy:

  • A fast recovery: on their feet within 60 minutes and back at home within 2 hours
  • A full and pain-free return to running, jumping and other high-impact sports
  • A natural walking pattern and full range-of-motion

When you need superior care, the most effective techniques, and unprecedented results – you need Nano Clinic on your team.


What is Hip Resurfacing?

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The ball – the femoral head – fits into the socket of the pelvis bone. Hip resurfacing involves removing only the damaged bone and cartilage from the ball and socket, and replacing it with a smooth metal cap on the trimmed thigh bone. A metal shell is then placed inside the hip socket, and these two components move together in a fluid, pain-free motion.

Hip resurfacing is an alternative to total hip replacement surgery. With a total joint replacement, both the ball and socket are removed entirely and replaced with plastic, metal, or ceramic parts.

An Advanced Solution for Young, Active Patients

If you want to get back to your life faster – and with normal feeling in your hips – resurfacing may be right for you.

In general, we recommend this procedure to patients who:

  • Suffer from severe hip arthritis that affects their quality of life
  • Experience symptoms that can’t be relieved with medication, physical therapy, and injections
  • Are young, with large, strong, and healthy bones

Better Hip Resurfacing = Less Surgeries Overall

Replacement joints have improved dramatically in the last few years. One of these new advancements, the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, is particularly appropriate for young and active patients. This technique results in an implant that lasts longer than traditional hip replacements, meaning young people face additional surgeries less frequently.

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What to Expect During Surgery

Hip resurfacing is performed under spinal or general anesthesia. To begin, your surgeon will make an incision over the thigh bone. Through that opening, the femoral head will be displaced from the socket. The damage will be trimmed away, and the remaining bone fitted with a metal cap.

The damaged bone and cartilage inside the socket will then be removed, and a metal cup fixed to the area. Finally, the femoral head will be repositioned inside the socket and the incision closed.

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Hip Resurfacing or Hip Replacement: Which One is Right for You?

We will make recommendations during your private consultation at one of our Nano Clinics (Los Angeles, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, or Bakersfield), following a thorough examination of your joint, motion tests, and a medical history. 

During hip resurfacing, your surgeon will trim away small amounts of damaged cartilage and bone. You’ll retain almost all of the native bone in your socket. It’s significantly less involved than a total hip replacement, and tends to be the ideal option for younger, active patients with a decent amount of healthy bone. 

With hip replacement, the entire head of the thighbone is removed and replaced with a metal stem. A metal or ceramic ball then secures to the top of the stem, and the implant fits into a new metal hip socket. This tends to be the best option for patients who are suffering from severe pain and/or advanced arthritis.

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To learn more about hip resurfacing and replacement, and discover which option is right for you, please contact Nano Clinic today and schedule a consultation.

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