Hip Resurfacing vs Hip Surface Replacement
Hip resurfacing involves replacing damaged surfaces in the hip joint with metal surfaces. This procedure can be useful for patients under 65 with advanced hip disease
Hip resurfacing surgery is an alternative to standard hip replacements for patients with severe arthritis. In hip resurfacing surgery, the implant is smaller, and less normal bone is removed. Hip resurfacing is gaining interest, especially in younger patients
Mr Hugh Blackley was the first to pioneer modern hip resurfacing in New Zealand in 2003. He was trained by the designers and remains a strong advocate for the technique. He has done the most hip resurfacings of any surgeon in New Zealand and currently does 2-3 per week. He remains the most experienced surgeon in New Zealand in the procedure and is on the Australiasian Surgical Advisory Panel for Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.
Hip Resurfacing Surgery Disadvantages

With the development of Birmingham hip resurfacing surgery, many advantages exist for hip resurfacing surgery compared to the traditional full hip replacement.

The main disadvantage for Hip Resurfacing Surgery lies in not knowing the long term results. The results to date indicate that the success rate of hip resurfacing after the first 5 - 10 years is better than those of conventional total hip replacements. Although, the operation for hip resurfacing is similar to conventional total hip replacement, in some ways it is a more demanding surgical technique.

Some concerns have been raised about the release of metal ions in the body,however, to date there are no statistical correlation with long term systemic problems have been demonstrated, although work is still going on. It is worth noting that in patients with historical metal on metal devices,some of which have been implanted for very long periods, no adverse reactions have been highlighted.

The usual risks with any hip replacement therefore apply - there is a very low risk of major complications due to infection or early loosening - thus leading to the need for further surgery. There is a lower risk of leg lengths being different. There is also a very low risk of major medical complications, such as thrombosis, heart attack or stroke. This is the same for any surgery requiring an anaesthetic.

Further Information on Hip Resurfacing Surgery :


If you have any queries on Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Surgery please do not hesitate to contact Dr Hugh Blackley's practice rooms during office hours on 09 522 2980