Jane Brody, the Times’s Personal Health columnist, recently reported on less invasive techniques for hip replacement that reduce complications and speed recovery. Dr. Patrick A. Meere, an orthopedic surgeon at New York University who specializes in hip and knee arthritis surgery, joined the Consults blog to answer reader questions. Here, Dr. Meere responds to several readers who asked about hip replacement versus hip resurfacing. In addition, see Dr. Meere’s many responses in the Comments section of “Improving on the Hip Replacement”; additional responses will be posted in the coming days, so check back for updates.
This column is 2 1/2 years old and predates a lot of the recent reports of failures of hip resurfacing implants. I think some of the information might be different today. Dr. Meere did my hip resurfacing 6 years ago, and it’s still going strong. He believes that the serious problems experienced result from a combination of poor devices and less-skilled surgeons. Nevertheless, there is concern about the debris from metal-on-metal devices, so it seems that the thinking has changed.