Friday, March 30, 2012
Hip Resurfacing, the alternative to a Total Hip Replacement (THR)
The hip resurfacing shaves off the top of the femur to implant a "golf ball and tee" looking metal device, which then glides under the metal socket which the bone can grow over to encase the metal ball. The THR cuts off the femur and replaces the hip joint with a bigger device and while there are many success stories with THR's, those patients can never have the option to have the hip resurfacing. Hip resurfacing patients have the option, if needed, to have a THR later. 98% of the patients have had successful metal implants lasting 14 years+ (since he initiated this particular procedure). So, we are extremely hopeful that the procedure will give Russ "a new life". The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday so please pray for him.