When Catherine (Cathy) Holbrook knew the pain in her hip was making daily life
more difficult, she opted for a new procedure called the Birmingham Hip
Resurfacing to help with her pain.
Her nephew Nathan, who works at Hinsdale Orthopaedics, suggested that she look
into the new procedure being done by Robert Daley, MD. Although she lives in
Bloomington, she felt the procedure was worth the drive. Since her oldest son
was born at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, she was also familiar with the
hospital and the area.
"I know Dr. Daley is a really good physician, who concentrates on hips and
knees," says Holbrook. "I didn’t like having constant hip pain hindering my
daily life. My hip was bone on bone with bone spurs, so I had limited
flexibility. I wanted the opportunity for less pain and better maneuverability."
"The BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System is a clinically proven alternative to
total hip replacement for physically active patients who are under the age of 65
and suffer from hip arthritis," says Robert Daley, MD. "This includes
osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, rheumatoid arthritis, and avascular necrosis. We
began performing this procedure at Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center in July."
According to Dr. Daley, hip resurfacing preserves more of the body’s natural
bone structures and stability. The benefits of the BIRMINGHAM Hip Resurfacing
technique and implant are that the implant’s head size, its bearing surfaces,
and its bone-sparing technique make it a preferred choice for young active
patients. While the implants rate of survivorship is comparable to standard
total hip replacements after five years, these three key advantages set the
resurfacing technique and implant apart from its total hip replacement
"Usually people are around 70 when this happens," says Holbrook. "My hip caused
enough pain at night that I had trouble sleeping. If I had to walk a long
distance, I would use a cane to ease the pain. I couldn’t bend to touch my foot,
so I couldn’t tie my shoe. At 51, I was feeling a lot older than I should be."
The hip resurfacing technique is less invasive than normal hip replacements as
well. A total hip replacement requires the removal of the femoral head and the
insertion of a hip stem down the shaft of the femur. Hip resurfacing on the
other hand, preserves the femoral head and the femoral neck.
"During the procedure, the surgeon will only remove a few centimeters of bone
around the femoral head, shaping it to fit tightly inside the BIRMINGHAM HIP
Resurfacing implant," says Dr. Daley. "The surgeon will also prepare the hip
socket for the metal cup that will form the socket portion of the
ball-and-socket joint. While the resurfacing component slides over the top of
the femoral head like a tooth cap, the
acetabular component is pressed into place much like a total hip replacement
component would be."
"I’m currently going through physical therapy to help regain all the movement
and strength of my hip," says Holbrook. "I know I made the right decision in
having the procedure done, and that once my recovery is completed, I will be
able to participate in activities that I haven’t been able to do for the last
couple of years."
"This is such a great opportunity for potential hip replacement patients," says
Dr. Daley. "With the constant improvements in technology, I am proud to be able
to offer, along with Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center, one of the most
advanced treatments for hip replacement."