Medically reviewed by Dr. Michael Sutton
“Total Hip Joint Replacement remains one of the most common and most successful Orthopedic approaches for people with hip problems,” says McLeod Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Michael Sutton of McLeod Orthopaedics Dillon. “Your surgeon replaces the injured or arthritic top of the leg (femur) with a stem and ball. A cup is set into the hip to complete the cup-and-ball joint.” Another lesser known, but occasionally discussed, repair for a bad hip is called resurfacing. In this procedure, a cup section is still set into the hip. However, rather than sawing off the top of the femur and replacing it with a metal stem and ball, the top of the leg bone is resurfaced and a cap is placed over it.