MADISON – Among baby boomers and active younger patients, interest in
surgery, a bone-sparing procedure available for the last year at UW Hospital
and Clinics, continues to soar.
It’s easy to understand why. Patients with resurfaced hips are enjoying
increased range of motion and decreased dislocation, making it possible for
them to return to a fully active lifestyle.
Replacement, a procedure in which surgeons cut the neck of the femur and
remove the femoral head, resurfacing a hip involves removing the cartilage
at the end of the femur, placing a metal cap over the top, and repositioning
it in a metal socket. For patients in their 30s and 40s, resurfacing
provides the important benefit of preserving bone in the event a future hip
revision surgery is needed.
patients with good bone quality are the best candidates for the procedure;
patients with poor bone quality or kidney problems are not. Women are also
less likely to be candidates for hip resurfacing if they’re planning to have
children or suffer from dysplasia.
In countries like Australia, where hip resurfacing has been the standard of
care for several years, approximately 15 percent of patients needing a hip
surgery to manage severe arthritis qualified as good candidates for hip
resurfacing. Even though interest in hip resurfacing is high, the surgeons
expect those numbers to be similar for U.S. patients.
"To get good outcomes, it’s important to have experienced surgeons and
physical therapists to help patients navigate the recovery process and
return to an active lifestyle," says Dr. Illgen. "That is one of our
at UW Hospital and Clinics, call (608) 263-4069