Hip resurfacing: A boon for Boomers or too risky?

By Annie Hayashi

Although some orthopaedic surgeons say hip resurfacing is a viable alternative procedure for some patients, others raise serious concerns about the surgical learning curve, the incidence of femoral neck fractures, and metal ions toxicity.

With aging “baby boomers” looking for ways to maintain their active lifestyles, hip resurfacing has been getting a lot of media attention. Proponents of the procedure see it as the ideal alternative to a total hip arthroplasty (THA) for younger patients, while its detractors express a broad range of concerns—from the technical difficulty of the procedure to toxicity from metal-on-metal ions.

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