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Understanding Joint Resurfacing

For younger patients with arthritis pain, joint resurfacing may be an

alternative to total joint replacement. Joint resurfacing is a newer procedure offered by Tri Rivers for treatment of hip and shoulder arthritis.

What is joint resurfacing?

Joint resurfacing replaces only the arthritic surface of the joint and conserves more bone than traditional joint replacement surgery.


Within a joint, a smooth and slick tissue called cartilage covers the ends of the bones, preventing friction when the bones move against one another. In a properly functioning joint, healthy cartilage allows for pain-free and effortless movement. Osteoarthritis occurs when the smooth cartilage lining becomes eroded and worn over time because of overuse or injury. Symptoms include pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joint. For patients with arthritis pain, conservative treatments such as antiinflammatory medication, steroid injections and the use of a cane may become ineffective in controlling discomfort. When a patient does not respond to these conservative therapies, surgery may be considered.

When younger, more active patients need a joint replacement, there is a good chance that the implant will wear out during their lifetime and that they will need a second joint replacement surgery. Joint resurfacing provides pain relief at an earlier stage of arthritis while still making it possible to have a total joint replacement later, if necessary. During shoulder resurfacing, the orthopedic surgeon fits an implant component onto the top of the humeral head (upper arm bone). Resurfacing allows for conservation of the bone for later surgeries and avoids replacing the glenoid (shoulder socket), which is the most common site of loosening and failure long-term. Hip resurfacing replaces the two surfaces of the hip joint. The head of the femur (thigh bone) is retained and shaped to accept an anatomically sized implant. The surface of the acetabulum (hip socket) is also replaced.



Cartilage Acromion Clavicle


Femur Rotator cuff

Bursa Scapula

Glenoid Humerus

Who should consider joint resurfacing?

Joint resurfacing is designed for younger patients who are in an early stage of osteoarthritis and have healthy bones. After a physical examination and diagnostic testing, an orthopedic surgeon specially trained in joint resurfacing can determine if this procedure is right for you. Patients with hip or shoulder arthritis may want to consider joint resurfacing if they experience: · Unrelieved pain for six to 12 months · Symptoms that significantly affect their ability to perform normal activities · Pain that regularly interferes with sleep · Pain and loss of mobility that greatly affect their quality of life

Are there risks associated with joint resurfacing?

Joint resurfacing carries the same risks associated with total joint replacement, including loosening or dislocation of the implant component, infections and blood clots. As with any new procedure, long-term risks associated with joint resurfacing are not yet known.

Is joint resurfacing right for me?

After careful examination of the affected hip or shoulder, your physician will decide if joint resurfacing is right for you.

Orthopedic Surgery

Michael W. Weiss, M.D. D. Kelly Agnew, M.D. William D. Abraham, M.D. Trenton M. Gause, M.D. Thomas S. Muzzonigro, M.D. Robert L. Waltrip, M.D. S. Joshua Szabo, M.D. H. James Pfaeffle, M.D., Ph.D.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Learn more.

Joint resurfacing has enabled many patients to maintain a pain-free and active lifestyle. The Tri Rivers orthopedic surgeons are available to help you learn if joint resurfacing is right for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment with a Tri Rivers physician, call toll free 1-866-874-7483 or visit

James L. Cosgrove, M.D. Judith H. Esman, M.D. Edward D. Reidy, M.D.


North Hills · Butler Cranberry/Mars · Aspinwall

Contact us

Toll free at 1-866-874-7483 [email protected] ©2007 Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, Inc.



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