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Can you get arthritis in a resurfaced hip?

Q) Can you get arthritis in a hip that has been resurfaced?
Christopher Binks, via email

A) The simple answer is ‘yes’. Resurfacing is a minimalist way of replacing the joint which is less invasive, yet still effective but, unfortunately, may not last forever. Many patients who have hip resurfacing will later need to have the whole joint replaced. Resurfaced joints just have the cartilage on the femoral (thigh bone) side of the joint replaced.

With total joint replacement both the femoral and the acetabular (pelvis) side of the joint are replaced with artificial components. These may be metal, plastic or ceramic. They may be cemented or uncemented. There are many products on the market and the surgeon will choose the best one for you.

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