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Hip Resurfacing


For younger patients with chronic hip joint problems total hip replacement surgery is not the only option. Hip resurfacing surgery is an alternative treatment strategy.

Dr. Steven Harwin has extensive experience with hip resurfacing and total hip replacement procedures having performed one of the first hip resurfacing operations in New York City after returning from his study abroad under one of the inventors of the hip resurfacing procedure. He has distinguished himself as a top orthopaedic surgeon in the New York City area and has a national and international reputation as a master surgeon, innovator, implant designer and educator. As the Director of the International Learning Center for Joint Reconstruction at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, he regularly hosts visiting surgeons from all over the world to observe his surgical technique.

Hip Resurfacing Surgery

A board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Harwin is renowned for his experience, skill, and accomplishments in the arenas of joint replacement, reconstruction, and arthroscopic surgery. Utilizing the most innovative procedures, techniques, and state-of-the-art materials to meet all of your orthopaedic needs.

How Hip Resurfacing Works

The hip is a ball and socket joint. A hip resurfacing procedure consists of putting a metal cap on the top of the femur (the ball) and a metal shell into the acetabulum (the socket). Hip resurfacing is a total hip replacement but it removes slightly less bone than traditional hip replacements. Advantages of a metal-on-metal ball-and-socket joint include a wide range of motion and reduced dislocation potential. There are also some disadvantages. There have been numerous reports of increased short term and long term complications such as malposition, metal hypersensitivity reactions and fractures. Dr. Harwin will discuss with you the benefits, risks and alternatives of various hip replacement treatment options. Having performed over 3,000 hip replacements, he has the experience needed to help you make the right decision about your hip surgery.

One of New York's Top Doctors

Dr. Harwin utilizes the latest state-of-the-art technology and materials for total hip procedures, including Ceramic Bearings, Titanium, Vitallium and X3 Polyethylene. He has been named a “New York Super Doctor,” a “Best Doctor” and “Top Doctor in the New York Metro Area” by Castle Connelly Medical, Ltd., a “Top Surgeon in America” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and a “Best Doctor in America” by the Best Doctors® organization, a group founded by professors affiliated with The Harvard Medical School.

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By Dr. Steven Harwin