Hip Resurfacing

Is hip arthritis taking the joy out of your favourite activities or holding you back in your active job? While a total hip replacement may seem extreme at your age, hip resurfacing is aalternative that has helped patients quickly restore their quality of life and allowed some patients to resume more vigorous activitiesAt Clearpoint Health Network’s private surgical centre in Calgary, our surgical expertise and advanced implant technology ensure optimal outcomes with this life-changing procedure. 

Hip Resurfacing at Clearpoint Health Network

Clearpoint Health offers an excellent choice for patients throughout Canada, the U.S., and around the world looking for arthroplasty or joint replacements without a long wait time. Our team of orthopedic surgeons includes one of the first surgeons in North America to become involved in the Birmingham Hip 

Our entire team is committed to helping you return to an active, pain-free life. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care, ensuring you have a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience. 

The hip resurfacing procedure is performed at Canadian Surgery Solutionsan accredited private surgical facilityYou will be required to stay overnight after the surgery under the care of our specialty nurses and physiotherapy team, who will help prepare you for discharge and your return home as quickly as possible. Our patient-centred protocols will provide the tools you need to recover successfully 

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What Is Hip Resurfacing? 

Hip resurfacing is a bone-preserving alternative to total hip replacement. Instead of removing the ball (femoral headof the thigh bone (femur), the surgeon sculpts the femoral head to accommodate a metal cap. The damaged bone and cartilage of the socket are also cleaned away and replaced with a metal socketThe most common implant used is called the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing  (BHR) System and often the term “Birmingham Hip” is used to describe the procedure. See an animation of how it’s done. 

Is Hip Resurfacing Better Than Hip Replacement? 

In addition to being bone preserving, hip resurfacing offers a variety of advantages over total hip replacement for the right patient, including: 

  • Providing optimal stability of the hip joint 
  • Reducing the risk of dislocation 
  • Preserving bone in case a future hip replacement is needed  
  • Allowing for a greater range of activities than what is anticipated after a total hip replacement  

Hip resurfacing in its current form has been available for over 20 years. It is offered by only a few surgeons as not all surgeons are trained on the technique. Not all surgeons are trained on the technique and some surgeons prefer to only offer total hip replacements. The excellent results of hip resurfacing have been extensively published. 

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Hip Resurfacing Surgery? 

Recovery varies between patients, but most are ready to return to most regular activities within 2 to 4 months. You will be encouraged to put weight on your leg immediately after surgery but will need to walk with crutches or a cane for 6 weeks. Patients typically need help with self care, daily activities, meals, and driving for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. 

Who Is a Candidate for Hip Resurfacing?

This procedure can relieve hip pain from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis and other causes. The best candidates are typically men under age 65 and highly active or in physically demanding careers such as police officers, firefighters, and construction workers. Candidates should have strong bones free from osteoporosis and other bone diseases. 

Next Steps: Book Your Consultation Today

If you are ready to learn more about hip resurfacing, contact us using our online form to request a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. We welcome patients for hip resurfacing in Calgary from across Canada, the U.S., and overseas. Clearpoint Health Network is a network of private medical clinics across Canada, with centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary. 

Please note that our healthcare team will require your X-ray images and/or MRI, along with some basic medical history, in order to prepare for your consultation appropriately. You will be required to travel to Calgary for surgery. Your consultation can take place via telephone or video conference. 

For more information about Birmingham Hip resurfacing, visit the Smith & Nephew website.