Hip Resurfacing

Introduction

The hip is made up of a ball-and-socket joint. The ball of the femur, called the femoral head, fits into the socket of the pelvis, called the acetabulum, and is kept in place by structures of cartilage. A hip resurfacing surgery is a procedure in which the femoral head is trimmed down and capped and the cartilage of the hip joint is removed and replaced by prosthetic components.

There are many conditions that can cause pain in the hip including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis. In some cases, these conditions can cause severe pain that limits daily activity.

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