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J Arthroplasty. 2010 Aug;25(5):748-53. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2009.05.034. Epub 2009 Jul 29.

Early return to function after hip resurfacing: is it better than contemporary total hip arthroplasty?

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Cleveland Clinic Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, Cleveland, Ohio 44113, USA.

Abstract

Our hypothesis was that return of function for young patients undergoing resurfacing total hip arthroplasty (THA) with metal-on-metal bearings or contemporary THA with ceramic bearings would be comparable. Results from 337 unilateral hip resurfacing patients were compared with results from 266 unilateral ceramic-on-ceramic THA patients. Early differences in Harris Hip Scores were observed, but all differences faded by 24 months. Hip resurfacing seems to be a viable alternative to THA for well-selected patients. However, the public perception of improved functional capabilities was not demonstrated in this patient population. Resurfacing patients may be more impaired (slightly higher pain scores/lower function scores) than their THA counterparts in the early postoperative period, but these differences disappear by 24 months when both groups report Harris Hip Scores in the excellent range.

PMID:
19643563
DOI:
10.1016/j.arth.2009.05.034
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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