Question:I am an active horsewoman with a busy horse farm. Because of my severe hip arthritis, I can't ride anymore. Would the new hip resurfacing surgery I saw advertised in the paper put me back in the saddle again?
Answer:It's very possible. Younger adults with active lifestyles who are too young for a total hip replacement are turning to this new option. Instead of cutting off the head of the femur (thighbone), the surgeon puts a cap over the damaged bone.
If and when you need a total hip replacement years from now, the bone will be undisturbed. At that time, the surgeon can remove the damaged bone and replace it with a complete implant. And you won't lose leg length from having a second hip surgery.
Hip resurfacing isn't an option for everyone. An orthopedic surgeon will need to assess your situation. If you are a good candidate for this procedure, you may be able to start riding again two to three months after the operation.
Rehab begins right away. A physical therapist will work with you to restore motion, function, balance, and coordination. Be sure and let your surgeon and your therapist know your goal to return to riding. Your treatment can be tailored with that in mind.Mylene A. dela Rosa, BS, CCRP. Range of Motion After Total Hip Resurfacing. In Orthopedics. May 2007. Vol. 30. No. 5. Pp. 352-357.
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