Is it possible that a doctor would want to do a partial replacement on one hip and a total replacement on the other?
The type of replacement a doctor chooses to do depends on the damage, the patient's health and condition, and the state of the femur, or thigh bone. It is possible that a doctor would prefer to do a partial replacement on both hips but one is not a good candidate for it - that could be one reason. This is the type of question that a patient should ask the surgeon beforehand.
Michael A. Mont, MD, et al. Effect of Changing Indications and Techniques on Total Hip Resurfacing. In Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research. December 2007. Vol. 465. Pp. 63-70.
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