- A total hip replacement is shown on the right, a resurfacing on the left hip
- A hip replacement is the standard for arthritis, has a limited shelf life (about 20 years), doesn't spare the bone when being inserted, and pts are typically older and aren't going to be running around (they will die before it needs replaced again)
A hip resurfacing
is perfect for younger patients because it preserves the bone, and also the head of the femur is larger after a resurfacing which prevents subsequent disslocation
. Eventually resurfacing results in a hip replacement.