Hip replacements are used in place of a total hip replacement surgery when possible. Instead of replacing the entire joint, a metal chrome cap is placed over the femur bone and a matching cap is placed inside the pelvis. This is considered a preferred treatment to a total hip replacement because some of the original bone is preserved and there is less of a chance of the joint becoming dislodged. Hip resurfacing is ideal for healthy younger patients that are not overweight with no allergies to metal or significant bone loss.
India and Belgium are leaders in providing hip and joint replacement procedures to the international community. The cost for hip resurfacing in these countries only cost a fraction of the cost in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.