July 15, 2008 SAN
With more people in their 40s and early 50s being
sidelined by severe osteoarthritis, a new technology – hip resurfacing as an
alternative to hip replacement – is giving baby boomers a chance to stay active
Robyn Benincasa, a runner and San Diego
The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing system takes only the
cartilage off the outer part of the ball and socket joint, and installs a
cobalt-chromium steel cap and cup that slides more smoothly than hip
replacements, lasts longer and has less potential for leg-length
discrepancy. Widely used in the U.K. since 1997, the BHR system was approved
for use in the U.S. in May 2006.
This week, San Diego Alive, the Union-Tribune’s
video health feature, spotlights local adventure racer and San Diego
firefighter Robyn Benincasa, who, under the care of La Jolla orthopedic
surgeon Dr. Michael Kimball, had the procedure. Five months after Kimball
resurfaced Benincasa’s troublesome hip, she ran across Vietnam.