Hip Resurfacing
(The Birmingham Hip)

In conventional hip replacement the neck of the femur is cut and the femoral head (the ball part of the ball and socket joint) is completely removed. In hip resurfacing, the head and neck of the femur are retained, the arthritic surface is removed and a new new metal “ball” is applied (see right). The cup is replaced as for a conventional hip replacement. The main advantage of this technique is the fact that it is bone conserving. If and when the implant loosens, revision surgery is technically easier and the bone stock  is better. This operation is particularly good for younger men with strong bone. It is not recommended for anyone with osteoporosis or women of child baring age.