“Wear and tear” of the cartilage in a joint is a common issue, especially in active people as they age. This type of arthritis is called osteoarthritis. As the cartilage wears away, it becomes frayed and rough, and the joint space between the bones decreases. This can result in bone rubbing on bone.
Osteoarthritis develops slowly and the pain it causes worsens over time. If you are an active person in your 40s or 50s and you have hip arthritis you’ve traditionally had a limited number of options. You could modify activity, lose weight, maintain proper exercise, or take medication. And when all else fails you could consider surgery.
A “total hip replacement” is an outstanding operation for individuals with hip arthritis, but the problem is that it’s not recommended for younger people. Also, almost all surgeons recommend against high-impact activity after a total hip replacement. And that’s where hip resurfacing enters the picture. This procedure may offer the chance to save the athletic life of the very active adult with hip arthritis.