Complications associated with hip resurfacing arthroplasty

Orthop Clin North Am. 2005 Apr;36(2):187-93, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.ocl.2005.01.002.


Hip resurfacing arthroplasty is an old orthopedic concept that has undergone a resurgence of interest in the past decade. Because of the rapid increase in the number of procedures being performed, previously recognized complications have begun to recur. This article focuses on complications that are related to the hip resurfacing procedure such as femoral neck fractures, avascular necrosis, raised metal ion levels, and sound initial and durable long-term fixation of an all-metal monoblock cobalt/chrome acetabular component. Dislocation rates after resurfacing and other complications are briefly discussed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / adverse effects*
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / instrumentation
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods
  • Equipment Safety
  • Female
  • Femur Head Necrosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Femur Head Necrosis / surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Fractures / diagnostic imaging
  • Hip Fractures / surgery
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Materials Testing
  • Metals
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / diagnostic imaging
  • Osteoarthritis, Hip / surgery
  • Postoperative Complications / diagnosis
  • Postoperative Complications / epidemiology
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Prosthesis Failure*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / diagnosis*
  • Prosthesis-Related Infections / epidemiology
  • Radiography
  • Reoperation


  • Metals