Your hip may feel stiff. You may have difficulty moving or lifting your leg. Hip pain may eventually limit your every day activities, such as walking, stair climbing, and bending.
Hip resurfacing is an inpatient surgery. Your surgeon will remove damaged cartilage from the head of the femur and prepare it for the resurfacing component. The hip socket is prepared in the same manner. The replacement socket is placed and the resurfacing head component is attached to the femur . The incision is closed and a drainage tube is sometimes placed to help remove fluids from the wound.
The first 6 to 12 months after receiving hip resurfacing are the most vulnerable time in the healing process. This is when your bone grows and heals. You should avoid heavy lifting, squatting, jogging, twisting, and high impact sports to prevent injury. Your doctor will let you know when you can resume driving and sexual relations.
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