A partial hip replacement may also be called resurfacing. This procedure leaves more of your original bone in place than a total hip replacement procedure. This orthopedic surgery procedure repairs or resurfaces a hip joint without replacing the joint. Hip resurfacing involves the head of the femur, or thighbone.
The procedure may also involve resurfacing of the hip socket. A partial hip replacement or resurfacing is commonly recommended for younger and more active patients. Several different approaches are used by orthopedic surgeons today, including an anterior or frontal approach or a posterior or 'behind the hip' approach. Your doctor will decide which is more suitable for your condition and treatment.
A partial hip replacement surgery may cause a few side effects, which can include bleeding and/or blood clots. You'll be asked to wear compression stockings to help prevent blood clots. Following your partial hip replacement, you'll be encouraged to move your hip as soon as possible following the procedure to help healing and enhance circulation. As soon as you're able, you'll be encouraged to start physical rehabilitation therapy.