The hip joint provides the ability to move your leg through a wide range of motions. The joint is made up of a cup-shaped socket that is part of the pelvis and a ball (femoral head) at the top of your thigh bone (femur).
The socket, called the acetabulum, is lined with cartilage that cushions the bones and allows smooth leg rotation. If the cartilage begins to wear or degenerate, the hip loses its flexibility and the bones may begin to scrape against each other, causing restricted motion and significant pain.
What Is Hip Resurfacing
Hip resurfacing is a procedure that replaces worn cartilage and damaged bone by capping the femur with a metal covering and placing a metal cup-shaped liner in the acetabulum. The best candidates for hip resurfacing are physically active and typically younger than 60 years of age. Solid bone tissue in the femur is a requirement for hip resurfacing.