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Hip Resurfacing India

Hip Resurfacing - Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR)

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Birmingham Hip Resurfacing or Surface Replacement Arthroplasty is a bone-conserving alternative to conventional Total Hip Replacement (THR). Unlike Total Hip Replacement, Birmingham hip Resurfacing does not involve the removal of the femoral head and neck nor removal of bone from the femur. Rather, the head, neck and femur bone is preserved in an effort to facilitate future surgery should it be necessary and to enable the patient to take advantage of newer technology or treatments in the future. The current generation of hip Resurfacing devices utilize a metal bearings have demonstrated a much higher level of wear resistance as well as reduced bone loss and inflammatory tissue reaction about the hip joint as compared to metal-polyethylene bearings. Derrek McMinn designed the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in Birmingham, England and released it for use in the UK in 1997.

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Hip resurfacing allows younger, active people to return to any activities they enjoyed previous to their hip problems. The large size cap and cup of the BHR are the same size as a person's original femur bone and are designed to prevent dislocations. There are many athletes with resurfaced hips that continue to compete at the professional level in a myraid of activities. They include:

  • Cory Foulk, a patient of Dr. Bose, finished a marathon three months after his hip resurfacing surgery, and finished 11th in the Ultraman world championship eleven months later.
  • Jim Roxburgh continues to participate in the martial arts after having both hips resurfaced in 2004.
  • Ian MacLaren of the Torashin Karate Club is believed to be the first 5th dan Karate-ka in the world to have had both hips resurfaced.
  • Floyd Landis, 2006 Tour de France Winner.

Advantages of Hip Resurfacing

As stated by Dr. Vijay Bose, a renowned expert in Birmingham Hip Resurfacing:

Hip resurfacing is a technique invented specifically for younger patients with hip problems. Conventional Total hip replacement, while being a good option for an elderly person (above 70yrs) is a poor choice for young patients as it will fail rapidly. The hip resurfacing operation is an alternative to hip replacement and has 3 crucial advantages.The first is that no plastic ( polyethylene) is used like in conventional hip replacement. Since a anatomical sized 'metal on metal' bearing is used it lasts for a very long time, manifold that of conventional hip replacement and is extremely popular in Europe, Australia and some parts of Asia. The anatomy and bio-mechanics after resurfacing mimic a normal hip very closely.

The second advantage is post operatively patients are encouraged to be very active and must play some sport , do swimming etc. No activity is restricted including sitting on the floor, crossing legs etc. In short , it behaves like a normal hip enabling patients to return to their normal lifestyle. In contrast after a hip replacement one has to behave like an elderly person( for whom this has been designed) to be safe from dislocation and to prolong the life of a prosthesis. There are also other advantages in Resurfacing like preservation of bone stock ( as no bone is removed in this operation unlike hip replacement where the head and neck of the thigh bone is completely removed.) Further it has been proven that bone stock actually increases after hip resurfacing due to the restoration of normal biomechanics in the hip and proximal femur.

The 3rd advantage is that the polyethylene 'wear particles' does not damage the surrounding bone like in conventional hip replacement and the quality of bone actually improves with time after hip resurfacing . This makes a revision solution ( if at all needed ) very straight forward hip resurfacing surgery, unlike the very complicated revision scenario in a conventional THR.

The patient is usually made to walk full weight bearing the day after the operation and is usually discharged from the hospital at about 5- 6 days from the operation. They can resume any work at 3 weeks from operation and sport is started 6 weeks from operation.

The highlights Birmingham hip resurfacing

In this video Dr. Vijay Bose's patient Scott Kopperud (who is a Grandmaster with VIII-Dan Black-Belt) shows how Birmingham hip resurfacing helped him to get back to his favorite activities

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