Joint resurfacing surgery helps repair cartilage defects in major joints by creating a smooth, continuous surface. Unlike joint replacement surgery, resurfacing ensures minimal structural changes to the joint.
Patients are often able to return to their normal activities faster and more pain-free. Catholic Health's expert orthopedic surgeons often perform joint resurfacing on hip joints and knee joints, following cartilage damage or arthritis.
Common Types of Joint Resurfacing
- Hip resurfacing
- Knee resurfacing
- Shoulder resurfacing
Candidates for Joint Resurfacing
While some younger patients, less than 40 years of age, may benefit from resurfacing surgery, this procedure is recommended mostly for those age 40-50 who need relief from joint pain, but do not have severe enough deterioration to require a joint replacement.
For an active person with joint pain, resurfacing has many advantages and could lead to a return your normal lifestyle and activity.
Schedule an appointment to speak with an orthopedic surgeon to learn about the best option for you.