Hip Replacement Found Safer for Women Than Resurfacing
Women experience more problems than men in the seven years after surgery, U.K. researchers said today in a study published in the Lancet medical journal. Metal resurfacing implants fail more quickly than total hip replacements made of other materials, with the failure rate as much as five times higher for females, they said. Resurfacing is more commonly offered to younger patients because it leaves more bone intact and can make it easier to perform a total hip replacement if needed later, according to the Mayo Clinic. The damaged hip ball is reshaped and capped with a metal prosthesis, as is the damaged hip socket.