Hip Replacement Guru

March 27, 2010

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Technique in Live Webcast

Shawnee Mission Medical Center will showcase a new, less invasive approach to hip replacement during a live surgical Webcast on Wednesday, September 20, at 7 p.m.
During the Webcast, Scott Cook, MD, will perform the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) technique. Cook is one of just 40 doctors in the United States trained to do the procedure.

Rather than replacing the entire hip joint, as in a total hip replacement, hip resurfacing simply shaves and caps a few centimeters of bone within the joint. The bone-conserving approach of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System preserves more of the patient’s natural bone structures and stability, covering the joint’s surfaces with an all-metal implant that more closely resembles a tooth cap than a hip implant. This approach reduces the post-operative risks of dislocation and inaccurate leg length, and because the all-metal implant is made from tough, smooth cobalt chrome, it has the potential to last longer than traditional hip implants, which involved the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. The Birmingham Hip resurfacing technique, however, leaves the head and neck untouched.

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  1. We live in …
    We live in Australia & my husband was told this was the only operation he could have for his hip due to his age (42yrs). He’s been told to wait a year & get back to the surgeon to let him know if he really wants this. I’m wondering why he would say this, should I be worried? My husband’s in so much pain he can barely walk. Can anyone please tell me if I should be pushing the Dr to get it done sooner as he’s been like this for 2 years now? Nicky

    Comment by Nick100606 — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  2. hi my husband had …
    hi my husband had this op 3 months ago and is still suffering we have had a follow up and all appears ok have you had a grinding metal feeling??

    Comment by alfie101100 — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  3. I had this surgery …
    I had this surgery 3 months ago. I’m absolutely amazed. I expect to be back to tennis this summer and skiing next winter.

    Comment by midlifeflyer — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  4. i had a leg 6cm …
    i had a leg 6cm shorter than the other. after my total hip replacement i was on top of the world.all you folks that say you are afraid, put this to the back of your mind, after the op you will feel on to of the world and give you back thye gift of pain free walking

    Comment by JOHNDC10 — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  5. I had this surgery …
    I had this surgery 3 months ago in the UK and am entirely satisfied thusfar. Revison rates for McMinn 10 years out are less than 1% so like all good surgery – it lasts!

    Comment by hughstjust — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  6. Well, after being …
    Well, after being in pain for 3 years, the remote possibility of having a reaction to metal ions in 20 years seems less present than being hit by a bus or dying from lightning. What I want is to LIVE TODAY! Whatever happens tomorrow… is in the distant future!

    Comment by catspussycat — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  7. I have had this …
    I have had this operation. It was done on January 2007 here in the UK. Within three months I ran a 10k race. It now November 07 and I have done three 10k’s and a 9 mile run mainly on road. In January 2008 I’m running in a Half marathon. Before the operation I would do a 10k in 38 minutes. I can no longer run a 10k in that time but I have got down to 46 minutes. Before my operation I thought I would never be able to run again. How so wrong I was.

    Comment by docgreenfingers — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  8. I believe that the …
    I believe that the Birmingham hip has been approved in the US since mid 2006. It shows much promise and I hope very much it lives up to its potential.

    However, the statement in the video “it is ideal for younger, active patients..” is medically misleading.

    Comment by MauricetheMonster — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  9. As with all …
    As with all relatively new procedures, there are significant unknowns. With a device which will be inside the body for a long period of time, and more importantly, where there will be metal wear particles and ions such as cobalt in the body, including migration to the brain and other organs, for decades, there will likely be unknown side effects which will only manifest themselves after significant long-term experience has been gained.

    Comment by MauricetheMonster — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  10. Do we know what the …
    Do we know what the outcomes will be like in 15 or 20 years? Absolutely not…they haven’t been installed, even experimentally, for that long. 30 and 40 years later, the outcomes will certainly be important for younger recipients.

    Comment by MauricetheMonster — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  11. Mechanical …
    Mechanical installation success rates are one thing, long term neuralogical and immune response is another. No one knows if youthful recipients will be at increased risk for dementia as they age, for example. In the light of these issues, for a hospital to put out this kind of advertising might be considered medically questionable, but not surprising.

    Comment by MauricetheMonster — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  12. How long has this …
    How long has this type of surgery been available? I have always been a person that believes choice is good….are there a lot of doctors that perform this type of surgery? How many companies offer a hip resurfacing implant….? Does anybody out there know?

    Comment by sandcastlequeen — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  13. thanks

    Comment by ksgn2004 — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

  14. Many Thanks!
    Many Thanks!

    Comment by oldflatus — March 27, 2010 @ 8:26 am

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