Question:I've been surfing the web for solutions to my hip arthritis. At age 42, I'm not ready for a hip replacement. But what about this new hip resurfacing technique? I've never heard about it before. Is it safe? Does it work?
Answer:Hip resurfacing with metal components was first approved by the FDA in 2006. The procedure is called a metal-on-metal hip resurfacing (MOMHR).
A study of more than 2,000 patients showed this treatment was safe and effective with good results after a five-year follow-up period. This procedure preserves bone and extends the life of the joint. Patients who have severe hip pain without severe joint or bone destruction may want to consider this treatment option.
With MOMHR, hip motion and function are restored more toward the normal biomechanics compared with total hip replacement (THR). And by saving as much bone as possible, you may be able to have a THR later if needed. Studies show that the more skilled the surgeon, the more bone is preserved.William Macaulay, MD. Total Hip Resurfacing: A Viable Alternative to Total Hip Arthroplasty for the Young Active Hip Patient in the United States? In Current Opinion in Orthopaedics. January 2008. Vol. 19. No. 1. Pp. 2-5.
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