Hip resurfacing surgery

METAL-ON-METAL HIP RESURFACING (MOM)


​Hip resurfacing involves replacing the damaged or diseased surface of the hip ball and socket joint with a metal surface

Enquiries & Appointments

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About having a hip resurfacing procedure

This surgery is more commonly performed on younger patients. It can be an alternative to a total hip replacement if your leg and hip bones are generally good.

It's also known as metal-on-metal hip resurfacing, where the surface of the ball-and-socket joint in the hip are replaced with a metal surface.

Need to know

Hip resurfacing surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. Alternatively, it's sometimes carried out after a spinal epidural injection to block the pain in your lower half.

Your surgeon will reshape the ball joint of your hip and fit it with a metal sphere, leaving the head and neck of the thigh bone intact. The socket, or cup part of your joint, will be fitted with a metal shell.

Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you. They'll also explain what's involved in the procedure. And they'll let you know how long it should take you to recover.

Before the operation, you can plan ahead to make your life easier during your recovery. It's a good idea to arrange for a friend or a family member to help you with tasks such as shopping, bathing and laundry during this time. You may also want to consider installing handrails in your bath, shower and staircase in your home to help during your recovery.

You'll be cared for in hospital for a few days after the operation. After surgery, our physiotherapy team will encourage you to stand up and walk a little with the help of crutches. They'll also give you exercises to practise to help to strengthen your hip and legs.

You should be able to go home after three to five days. You'll need to use crutches, a walker or walking sticks for a few weeks. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine, including work or exercise.

Hospital stay and procedure

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Paying for medical treatment

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Hip resurfacing surgery Consultants

Mr Giles Stafford

Mr Giles Stafford

Orthopaedic Surgery

Professor Richard Field

Professor Richard Field

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Hugh Apthorp

Mr Hugh Apthorp

Orthopaedic Surgery

Mr Alastair Dick

Mr Alastair Dick

Orthopaedic Surgery

Our Hip resurfacing surgery locations

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

Institute of Sport Exercise and Health (ISEH)

170 Tottenham Court Road W1T 7HA London
The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Princess Grace Hospital

The Princess Grace Hospital

42-52 Nottingham Place W1U 5NY London
The Lister Hospital

The Lister Hospital

Chelsea Bridge Road, SW1W 8RH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
London Bridge Hospital

London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street SE1 2PR London

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