What is Hip Resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing is something to consider when facing the choice of a total hip replacement. Unlike the traditional total hip replacement surgery, hip resurfacing (also known as surface replacement arthroplasty) involves only replacing the top of the worn and painful ball joint with a chrome alloy cap. With total hip replacement, the recovery period is longer, bone mass is lost and possible complications increase. Hip resurfacing in the US is not as popular among surgeons as total hip replacement and it may be harder to find doctors trained in this specialty procedure. By going abroad, you may have access to newer and more advanced surgeries than are currently available in the US and at a significantly lower cost. Suitability for hip resurfacing vs. total hip replacement can be determined by your doctor and is decided based on the patient’s anatomy and ability to recover from the surgery.
Length of hip resurfacing procedures
Because this is considered a “minimally-invasive” procedure, operating time is typically 2 hours of set-up/prep and actual operating time with 1 hour in the recovery room after surgery.
Typical Recovery Time
Most hip resurfacing procedures allow hospital discharge within 4 to 10 days. Post-surgery walking may be done with support on the second day after the drain has been removed. Follow-up can be scheduled with one’s local physician once back home.
Countries of Hip Resurfacing Excellence
How to pick the best country for you
Because hip resurfacing surgery will limit mobility, it may be a good idea to plan tourist activities before the procedure. Extensive follow up visits aren’t typically required after hip resurfacing surgery, allowing relaxation time at a spa retreat as a wonderful way to make your post-operative recovery time more pleasant. Many medical tourism care centers specialize in after-care and support to help get you back on your feet again quickly.