With more than 43 million Americans suffering from arthritis, total hip replacement surgery is not an uncommon procedure. Now, an alternative to total hip replacement surgery allows patients to resume many of the activities they enjoyed pre-operatively, while conserving more of their natural bone and helping to minimize their risk of dislocation.
The Cormet Hip Resurfacing System, offered exclusively by Stryker in the United States, provides patients with two important benefits. First, patients have more of their natural bone preserved. In this innovative process, the end of the thigh bone, or femur, is capped with a strong metal covering - much like the capping of a tooth. Because the femoral head is simply reshaped and “resurfaced” rather than removed, the procedure is bone conserving. A metal shell is then placed into the hip socket, providing a metal against metal joint. The large diameter femoral head used with hip resurfacing reduces the risk of dislocation, and may provide a more natural performance than traditional total hip arthroplasty.
While hip resurfacing may not be the answer for every patient, it offers a beneficial alternative to total hip replacement for select patients with chronic hip arthritis.
Interest in hip resurfacing procedures is on the rise globally due to the bone conserving nature of the procedure and anticipated potential benefits related to post-operative activities and range of motion. In these procedures, surgeons replace the hip socket in much the same way as a conventional total hip, but the femoral head is resurfaced rather than removed. Hip resurfacing is viewed by many surgeons as an alternative to traditional total hip replacement to help patients return to their active lifestyles.
Should the implant need replacing at some time in the future, a conventional total hip replacement can typically be used. This makes hip resurfacing an attractive option for younger and more active osteoarthritis patients.
"Hip resurfacing offers the right patient a procedure that can restore function and relieve pain while leaving the joint amenable to a later traditional hip replacement,” said Mark Pizzurro, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon on staff at The Valley Hospital. “The anatomic nature of these devices helps enable certain younger, more active patients to get back to the activities that are important to them without resorting to a total hip replacement," Dr. Pizzurro said.
To find out if you are a candidate for hip resurfacing, call 1-800-VALLEY 1 and ask to be directed to a Valley Orthopedic surgeon who performs this procedure.