Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Procedure
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The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ procedure is an alternative to traditional hip replacement. While a total hip replacement requires the removal of the top of the femur, in hip resurfacing only a few centimeters of bone around the femoral head is removed. The implant used is different from the implant used in a total knee replacement. The hip resurfacing implant used is made of metal and designed to reduce the rate of post-surgery dislocation. Philip Schmitt, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was the first doctor in Michigan to perform Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing - This revolutionary new procedure is generally recommended for patients with hip arthritis who are less than 60 years old.
Advantages of Hip Resurfacing
Hip resurfacing offers many benefits compared to total hip replacement. It features a technologically advanced bearing surface that dramatically reduces joint wear when compared to traditional hip replacement materials. It’s ideal for younger, very active people who may outlive a traditional total hip replacement and therefore require future hip joint revision. Other advantages of hip resurfacing include:
preservation of healthy bone
a reduction in the risk of inaccurate leg length (one leg being longer than the other)
reduced recovery time
ability to resume a very active lifestyle
reduced need for a second surgery
Am I a candidate for hip resurfacing?
The Birmingham Hip procedure is an alternative to traditional hip replacement for patients ages 40-60 with active lifestyles. Hip resurfacing can be used in both men and women even though women’s hip bones are smaller and less dense than men’s. “This is a very good option for patients younger than 60 who have bad arthritis in the hip,” says Dr. Schmitt. The typical patient will be physically active, under 60 years of age, and suffering from hip arthritis, hip dysplasia or avascular necrosis of the hip. Hip resurfacing can be used in patients over 60 whose bone quality is strong enough to support the implant. If you are considering hip replacement, talk with a DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Grace orthopedic expert about what’s best for your situation.
For more information about hip resurfacing and DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital’s orthopedic surgeons, call 888-DMC-2500 or use our online physician directory.