My husband has psoriatic arthritis and has been approved for a hip replacement. He has been trying to hold out for a procedure called "hip resurfacing". From what we have been told it preserves more of the bone and makes a future hip replacement more successful. The last information we got was that it should be approved "soon" in the US. Does anyone have any information on this? I don't know how much longer he can hold on - every move he makes hurts his hip or knee. He wakes up every time he moves in his sleep due to the pain. Thanks.
Balleteach is right about the other post... it should give him all sorts of info.
I looked into hip resurfacing as well. It give you far more flexibility in the hip joint since you have more of your femur head in tact. The biggest downfall (and I think it's the reason that it's not done a lot yet) is that once you get one, your femur bone does not show on the x-ray (it is hidden by the resurfacing metal). The bone can literally dissolve away and the doctor would have no clue unless he goes in to the joint. After looking into this I decided on a total hip replacement. I had mine done last November and I am doing just great (minor pain still but certainly not like it was with the arthritis). Even so, it is not to be taken lightly. It can definately help.
Good luck with the decision and I encourage him to ask as many people as he can about all the options. Better informed than sorry.