Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
An alternative to total hip replacement for the younger, more active patient
Up until the last decade, individuals suffering from severe hip pain due
to arthritis or injury had only surgery option: hip replacement. But,
this procedure has its drawbacks for the younger set who face a second,
possibly less successful, total replacement surgery when the first wears
out as well as reduced range of motion that can limit some physical activities.
Thomas Beck, D.O., of
Atlantic Orthopaedics and Atlantic General Hospital's Center for Joint Surgery, is the only
orthopedic surgeon on Maryland's Eastern Shore offering the Birmingham
Hip Resurfacing procedure.
How It Works
Similar to a total hip replacement, the procedure eliminates the pain causes
by the femoral bone rubbing against the hip socket when the protective
cartilage between the bones has been worn away. What is different is the
durability and range of motion it affords.
This bone-conserving technique allows a patient to keep the femoral ball
-- something that is removed during a total hip replacement. Instead,
a cobalt chrome implant is placed over the end of the ball, which then
fits inside the metal-lined hip socket. This hardware is more like a cap
on a tooth than a traditional implant. Additionally, it doesn't require
a plastic liner to separate the metal surfaces of the ball implant and
the socket, which can slowly break down over time resulting in irritation
in the joint and eventual failure of the hip replacement.
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Who is a Candidate?
Unfortunately, not everyone considering surgery is a good candidate for
the Birmingham procedure. For resurfacing to be successful, the bone needs
to be very strong. Although there are exceptions, most candidates are:
For more information,
contact the Center for Joint Surgery at Atlantic General Hospital at 410-641-9189 today.