A total hip resurfacing procedure replaces diseased and damaged bone and cartilage from your hip with implants designed to restore function to your hip joint. During a hip resurfacing procedure, your doctor will insert a metal shell into your hip socket and onto your reshaped femur. The new ball-and-socket components are joined to form your new hip joint.
Different from a total hip replacement, total hip resurfacing does not completely replace the ball of your hip joint with a metal or ceramic ball. Instead, the damaged hip ball is reshaped and capped with a metal prosthesis.