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 Replacement

Conventional Total Hip Replacement is a very successful procedure for the treatment of Hip Arthritis. The purpose of the total hip replacement is to remove the two damaged and worn parts of the hip joint - the hip socket ( acetabulum and the ball (femoral head) - and replace them with smooth, artificial implants called prostheses which will help make the hip strong,stable and flexible again.

For younger, more active people needing a hip replacement there is a high chance that traditional hip replacement will wear out during their lifetime and need to be replaced again - a second replacement (revision) is more difficult and consequently may last a shorter time than the original replacement.

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Hip Resurfacing

Hip Resurfacing Surgery is a type of Hip Replacement which replaces the two surfaces of the hip joint. The procedure is very bone conserving as the head of the femur is retained. Instead of removing the head completely, it is shaped to accept an anatomically sized metal sphere. There is no large stem to go down the central part of the femur and the surface of the acetabulum ( the socket) is also replaced with a metal implant, which is wedged directly into the bone.

The resurfacing components are made of 'as-cast' cobalt chrome which is finely machined to produce a very high quality surface with a low friction finish, hence low wear. The BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing has the largest independently verified clinical history of any resurfacing device available today.

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