Hip resurfacing surgery

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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

About

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

  • What happens icon plus

    Hip resurfacing surgery is usually carried out under general anaesthetic. This means you'll be asleep during the procedure. Alternatively, it's sometimes carried out after a spinal injection (epidural) to block the pain in your lower half.

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

  • How to prepare icon plus

    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.

  • Afterwards icon plus

    You'll usually 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.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.

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