Like most people, you probably want to keep your body parts for as long as
possible. Innovative hip and knee surgery at San Joaquin Community Hospital (SJCH)
can help you do just that. It’s called resurfacing, and it’s life-changing.
Bakersfield, CA (eMediaWorld) August 18, 2008 — Like most people, you probably
want to keep your body parts for as long as possible. After all, God gave them
to you for a reason. Innovative hip and knee surgery at San Joaquin Community
Hospital (SJCH) can help you do just that. It’s called resurfacing, and it’s
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 383,500
hip replacements and 550,800 knee replacements in the United States in 2005, and
the numbers are rising. You don’t have to be one of them.
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
Gary Shepard, a 56-year-old from Bakersfield, has been athletic most of his
life. It took its toll. He’s been in pain for countless years, limping and
walking at a 45 degree slant. He couldn’t even cross his legs, so in 2007 he had
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR™).
"The change is dramatic. It feels like my own hips. I walk straight, I’ve grown
two inches, and even my knees don’t swell anymore. People can’t believe it when
they see me—I feel fantastic," says Shepard.
Your hip is a ball-and-socket joint that unites two separate bones—femur
(thighbone) and pelvis. The femoral head is a ball that fits into the pelvis
socket. In the standard total hip replacement (THR), ball and socket are
completely removed and replaced. The femoral shaft (thighbone’s long part) is
hollowed out and a spike, which holds the ball, is pressed into the bone. The
spike can loosen and cause bone wear.
It’s completely different with resurfacing. The femoral shaft is never
disturbed—there is no spike. A minimal amount of the ball is shaved and then
fitted snuggly with a smooth metal cap. The socket is shaped to fit a polished
metal cup that the bone naturally takes on as its own.
Resurfacing preserves bone, improves range of motion, and gives you freedom to
have a highly active, normal life. And that’s a great thing.
Resurfacing was available years ago; it didn’t last long. Technology and metal
implants were far less sophisticated than today. Patients can now expect
superior results with new medically-advanced implants.
In 2007, BHR™ celebrated its 10th anniversary. It has been used in 26 countries
with a worldwide success rate of 97.2 percent. The FDA approved its use in the
United States in 2006.
"With BHR™, I remove a lot less bone than in hip replacement. Oftentimes it’s
only 10 percent of the femoral head," says Tom Ferro, MD, FAAOS, orthopedic
surgeon. "Patients experience less pain and report that it feels like their own
hip. Resurfacing patients appear to feel normal very quickly, frequently by the
second day after surgery.
"Another huge advantage to preserving bone is that you have more to work with
later if your hips are injured."
It’s just a fact of life: once bone is removed, you can’t put it back.
Ferro, the leader in BHR™, is one of approximately 50 surgeons nationwide who
perform this procedure. It requires considerable expertise in resurfacing.
Although his clinic, the Bone & Joint Center, is located in Arroyo Grande and
San Luis Obispo, Ferro also performs BHR™ in Bakersfield but only at SJCH.
"The hospital is extremely receptive to state-of-the-art procedures, and they
have the patient’s best interests at heart. It’s important that patients have
the finest technology used by the best people and in a highly efficient
system—that’s San Joaquin," says Ferro.
This procedure is recommended for active people under 66 years of age with good
bone quality. There are some exceptions. Always talk to a physician to identify
your best options.
"After seeing the huge change in me, friends and relatives are considering this
for themselves. My wife spent a lot of time researching BHR™. I highly recommend
it, and you can’t do much better than Dr. Ferro," says Shepard.