Hip resurfacing is an alternate surgery to the Total Hip Replacement surgery (THR). Unlike Total Hip Replacement Surgery, a very less part of bone has to be removed to repair the damage caused in that area. In the Hip Resurfacing Surgery, a mushroom like cap which is made of cobalt-chrome is placed over the femur. A similar cap is also placed in the hollow pelvis socket (acetabulum). When the person moves the hips, a fluid is induced in the joints which flows between the metal structure and lubricates the implants making it easier to walk and move the hips.
Patients who have advanced arthritis of hip can either choose Total Hip Replacement or Hip Resurfacing. The surgeons and experts can guide the patients about which surgery should be opted, depending on the level of wear and tear of the hips.
Hip resurfacing surgery must be done only after the proper guidance and advice of the expert doctors as this type of hip surgery is not suitable for all patients.
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Difference between Hip resurfacing vs. Hip replacement
In Total Hip replacement, the damaged cartilage along with the head of the thigh bone is cut off and a metal ball like structure is inserted in the remaining bone. In hip resurfacing, the bone is not cut. Instead it is just shaved and capped with a metal body.
- When only the cartilage is damaged, hip resurfacing can prove to be a useful way of surgery because it preserves more of the natural bone of the patient. It also reduces the future risks of dislocation and unequal leg length. In case of THR, the person might feel slight pain in that area after some years.
- According to the observations, it is seen that the patients who have undergone hip resurfacing can function at higher levels with ease than those who have undergone THR.
- In THR, because the head of the thighbone is fully made of metal, one might feel uncomfortable. But in case of Hip Resurfacing, one can hardly feel anything different in the hips.
- Once a person’s hip is resurfaced, the remaining thighbone gets eventually stronger. In contrast, hip replacement might give its full weight load to the thigh bone, weakening the stem of the bone.
- Studies show that hip resurfacing lasts as longer as the traditional hip replacement surgery (THR). There are also very less chances of Hip resurfacing surgery failing.
The purpose and result of both the types of surgeries is different depending on the age of person, bone structure, wear and tear of the bones etc. It is advisable for the elderly patients (above 65 years old) to choose the traditional hip replacement surgery. While hip resurfacing is ideal for the young patients. In India the cost of operating is saved without compromising on the quality of service and care. In spite of the reasonable cost band of the surgery, all the latest required equipment’s and tools imported in India are used by the surgeons in order to enable a precise and long lasting result of the surgery. The cost of hip resurfacing surgery in India is one third of the surgery cost in the western countries. Therefore, many patients from Pakistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, USA, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Zambia, Nepal, Congo, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Kenya, etc. come to India to get their hips resurfaced. Compared to all the other countries, Hip Resurfacing surgery in India and the hospitals in India provide the best healthcare service to the non-Indian patients by offering them special healthcare tour packages.
The average cost of Hip resurfacing surgery starts from USD 4500 and it can increase till USD 12000. The surgery cost can vary from person to person based on the patient’s medical history/ condition, medical facilities in the hospitals, medicines and other factors.
- Hospital Stay : 5 Days
- Single Room Cost: $9,000
- Twin Sharing Cost: $6,500
- Post Discharge Stay in India: 14 Days
There are a number of hospitals in India which provide Hip Resurfacing. One can find these hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Nagpur, Gurgaon, Kerala, Goa, Jaipur, Chandigarh etc. But the best hip surgeries are provided by hospitals in North India. Some of the prominent hospitals specializing in Hip Resurfacing surgery in India are as follows:
- GNH Hospital, Gurgaon
- Max Hospital, New Delhi
- Jaypee Hospital, Greater Noida
- Medanta Medcity, Gurgaon
- Artemis Health Institute, Gurgaon
- Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon, Noida
- BGS Global Hospital in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore
- Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi
- Apollo Hospital in Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Goa
- Wockhardt Hospital in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai
- MIOT Hospital, Chennai
- Dr. LH Hiranandani Hospital
There are many doctors who have studied orthopaedics and specialize in the hip resurfacing surgery. These experts have taken their education in international institutes. Some of the renowned surgeons in this field are as follows:
- Dr. Debashish Chanda, GNH Hospital, Gurgaon
- Dr. IPS Oberoi, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon
- Dr. Ashwani Maichand, New Delhi
- Dr. Anubhav Gulati, GNH Hospital, Gurgaon
- Dr. Subhash Jangid, Artemis Hospital, Gurgaon
- Dr. Vijay C Bose, Apollo Hospital
- Dr. Praveen Tittal
- Dr. Prince Gupta, GNH Hospital, Gurgaon
If one feels unbearable pain in the hip and thigh area, he must immediately consult a physiotherapist, do the necessary tests and consult an expert hip surgeon, decide the type of hip replacement surgery to be done and take the further steps to carry the respective surgery procedures.