metal hip resurfacing

i have had one hip resurfaced and i,m about to have the other one done.
I at first was told a complete hip replacement would be better for my second op then another surgeon said for my age of 49 and a sporty ,fit person that the re surface would be better.
There is a risk of the metal n metal issue but now i am confusedI want to go back to short triathlons so does anyone out there no what hip would be better.
08:05 Wed 09th Nov 2011
 
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A very difficult question unlikely to be answered on a internet help line as there are so many factors to consider.

First point....whichever method you decide upon.....pick your surgeon carefully...ask you GP or nursing staff at the hospital that you may know personally..

The "Old fashioned" Charnely hip replacement performed at a "good unit"...
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my son had a complete hip replacement when he was 39, he is now cycling and racing with a local club and thinks nothing of cycling a 100miles on a sunday and doing at least 20 to 30 miles most days, where as his partner had a resurfacing a few years ago and is still limping quite badly and being told she may have to have a replacement , so i think it is up to the individual to decide. hope everything goes well
The drawback is the life of the hip replacement. Replacing them repeatedly is not a good thing for the bones. Moreover the technology will only get better so the longer you can wait the better.

But then how much are you prepared to be limited in the meantime?
My husband (56) has had both hips resurfaced in the last 5 years although after the 2nd one the hip fractured within 8 months and he then needed a total hip replacement for that one. He is now able to play tennis again with ease.
you say beso about the life span of a replacement my son was told aleast 25 years and a physo from a local hostital said that as ite titanium he would never wear it out it depends what pain viali is in , because that is the best thing no pain and do what ever they feel confident doing my son is now 44
A very difficult question unlikely to be answered on a internet help line as there are so many factors to consider.

First point....whichever method you decide upon.....pick your surgeon carefully...ask you GP or nursing staff at the hospital that you may know personally..

The "Old fashioned" Charnely hip replacement performed at a "good unit" by an expert trained by Charnely or his prodiges will provide a painless hip for 30+years...long enough to see you out ;-)

Another point depending upon who you believe and which papers you would like to suggest:

Complication rates for resurfacing 10% and for total hip 2% depending upon who does your operation.

If I was 50 years of age with 2 crap hips, i know which one I would go for.

The final decision must be taken between you and your Orthopaedic surgeon.

Good luck.

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