There has been a lot of discussion recently in public forums about hemi resurfacing. Hemi resurfacings are not normally used by the most experienced hip resurfacing surgeons. I have been privileged to personally speak with many of them and I know their negative feelings about hemi resurfacing.
Performing a hemi resurfacing is like only doing half the job. The past history of hemi resurfacing has shown it to be a poor choice for most patients. Hemi resurfacing did not have good long term results. The basic simple explanation is that a hemi resurfacing only placed a metal cap on the femur bone and not a metal bearing surface in the acetabulum of the hip. This resulted in a hard metal surface rubbing against cartilage and unprotected bone of the hip. Some hemi resurfacing patients were lucky and did not require revision surgeries, but most required … Read the rest