Looking at an Alternative for Total Hip Replacement
Because it is difficult to remove and replace a worn-out or faulty hip device, doctors often advise patients to go away with hip replacement as long as possible. An alternative to total hip replacement, hip resurfacing, offers a more favorable outcome especially to younger patients. Hip resurfacing is an alternate procedure which places a cobalt-chrome metal cap over the femoral head and a metal cup on the acetabulum. Similar to total hip replacement, hip resurfacing devices are developed and marketed by various implant makers. In 2003, DePuy Orthopedics marketed a hip resurfacing system of their own, but due to reports of DePuy hip recall.