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November 6, 2009

Dennis Scroggins: A Very Satisfied Patient Talks About the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Procedure

Sheboygan, Wis. Dennis ScrogginsDennis Scroggins is an independent contractor and owner of Dennis Scroggins Construction Company. His ability to work, which includes frequent bending, climbing, and lifting, is vitally important to his livelihood. "I started having hip pain about three years ago, but was able to handle the project load without too much difficulty until about a year ago." During his annual physical he mentioned the pain to his doctor and after an X-ray he was referred to an Orthopaedic specialist. "I chose to go to Dr. (Scott) Glaeser because I'd seen him in the past."

Dr. Glaeser examined Scroggins, reviewed the X-rays and determined that he'd be an excellent candidate for a new hip resurfacing procedure, the 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.

Scott T. Glaeser, MDThe bone-conserving approach of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System preserves more of the patient's natural bone structure and stability by 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," said Scott T. Glaeser, MD, Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates, S.C.

According to Scroggins, "Dr. Glaeser was right on when he said that I'd be back to normal within five months." It was nearly five months to the day when Dennis realized that he was ready to climb a ladder with confidence and, more importantly, NO PAIN. "It's so hard to describe how much my life has improved. I'm actually better than 'normal' I'm able to do things that I haven't done in five years." Today Dennis Scroggins is able to walk one and a half to two miles every day. This is an activity he really enjoys; however, prior to his surgery and recovery he was lucky to be able to walk 50 feet without pain. He is working pain free and able to take on whatever project his customers need. "I'm an independent contractor. It's important for me to be able to work without the fear of hurting myself due to pain. I can't say it enough, I can lift, climb, stoop, and bend; I am walking; I have my life back."

"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 arthritis. As I see more patients in their 40's, 50's, and early 60's trying to stay physically active, I've needed an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates their age and lifestyle; the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System is a good solution."

"You can only take the pain for so long and then something has to give. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time with the right doctor and hospital. Thanks to Dr. Glaeser and St. Nicholas Hospital, I am a new man and I couldn't be happier. Life is good again!"

Hip resurfacing is intended for patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia, or avascular necrosis. When a total hip replacement is not appropriate due to a person's increased level of physical activity, this is a perfect fit. For this reason, most surgeons feel it will be ideal for patients under the age of 60 who live non-sedentary lifestyles.

Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates and St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin are among the first in northeast Wisconsin trained in the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing technique.

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 reproducing pre-operative 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, contact the qualified physicians at Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates at (920) 458-379.

About St. Nicholas Hospital
St. Nicholas Hospital is the recipient of the 2009/2010 HealthGrades Outstanding Patient Experience Award™. St. Nicholas Hospital is rated among the Nation's top 5% of hospitals for patient experience and one of only 211 facilities in the country to achieve this distinction two years in a row.

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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About Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates
Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates is a premier orthopaedic surgery group in East Central Wisconsin providing comprehensive care of the musculoskeletal system. All of our physicians, Donald R. Gore, M.D., D. Scott Sellinger, M.D., Kevin Gassner, M.D., Scott Glaeser, M.D., and Bruce Van Dommelen, M.D., are board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. 

Our surgeons have expertise in fracture care, total joint replacement, spine surgery, hand and foot surgery, pediatric orthopaedic care, sports medicine, and the non-operative care of musculoskeletal conditions.

Sheboygan Orthopaedic Associates offers ancillary services including physical therapy, digital x-rays, MRI , and durable medical equipment. For an appointment and evaluation by one of our physicians, please call (920) 458-3791.

  Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is a trademark of Smith & Nephew, Inc.

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