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May 12, 2009

Surgeon Introduces Unique Alternative to Total Hip Replacement
Innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing* System preserves bone and joint stability for young, active patients.

Sheboygan, Wis. —Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates and St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin are among the first surgeons in northeast Wisconsin who have been trained in the remarkable new Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) technique. 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.

"This is one of the most exciting procedures I've seen in years," explains Dr. Glaeser. "I see hip resurfacing as the ideal solution for many of my young, active patients who suffer from hip pain. As I see more patients in their 40's 50's and early 60's trying staying physically active later in life, I've needed an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates their age and lifestyle."

Hip resurfacing is intended for patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia or avascular necrosis, and for whom total hip replacement may not be appropriate due to their increased level of physical activity. For this reason, most surgeons feel it will be ideal for patients under age 60 who live non-sedentary lifestyles.

About the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant

While the hip resurfacing implant closely matches the size of a patient's natural femoral head (hip ball), it is substantially larger than the femoral head of a traditional total hip replacement implant. This increased size translates to greater stability in the new joint, and it decreases the chance of dislocation of the implant after surgery. Dislocation is a leading cause of implant failure after total hip replacement.

Total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. Hip resurfacing, however, leaves the head and neck untouched. It is this neck length and angle that determines the natural length of a patient's leg after surgery, and since it is not removed and replaced with an artificial device during the resurfacing procedure, there is a greater likelihood of maintaining accurate leg length.

The Birmingham Hip implant is an all-metal ball and socket joint. Traditional hip replacements use a metal ball and a plastic socket. As would be assumed, this plastic socket wears down over time, and may need to be replaced surgically. In fact, it is a leading cause of follow-up surgeries. All-metal total hip replacements reduce joint wear by 97-percent compared to total hip implants containing plastic sockets.

For more information about the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System, Click here or contact the qualified physicians at Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates at (920) 458-3791 or St. Nicholas Hospital at (920) 459-8300.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is a non-profit hospital sponsored by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis located at 3100 Superior Avenue, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Their mission and vision is to provide family-centered, compassionate care without regard for race, creed, or ability to pay. This is achieved through the core values of respect, care, competence, and joy.

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