left hip to be exact. I am the proud owner of a
BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing) that I received in March 2006.
My left hip
had osteoarthritis for about ten years. My activities during
those ten years began to decrease until my main recreation
was sitting in my comfy, recliner chair. Having a bone on
bone hip joint will bring your life to a complete
standstill. Young or old, male or female – bone on bone pain
can not be ignored. The pain will be present when you walk,
stand, sit and even when you try to sleep. Sleep is
impossible without pain killers as is most of your life.
In the past there has been only one solution to replace a
painful, arthritic hip, a total hip replacement or THR. A
THR meant that part of your femur bone would be cut off and
drilled to accept a long stem ball replacement device that
is pounded into what is left of your femur bone. Then if you
ever need a revision in the future, what is left of your
femur bone must be broken apart to remove the old stem.
A Hip Resurfacing with a BHR is bone conserving. The top
ball of your femur bone is shaped to accept a cap that
protects the femur. Then a cup is placed in your acetabulum
as a bearing for the cap on your femur. This makes a metal
on metal bearing that protects the painful old hip joint. If
a revision is ever required in the future, the complete
femur bone is still in place to allow a THR.
Hip resurfacing, unlike the old fashioned THR of the
past, requires no restrictions to your activities. There is
almost no chance of dislocation. Many athletes have had hip
resurfacings and returned to the sports they love. If you or
someone you know has a painful hip that needs to be
replaced, be sure to learn about Hip Resurfacing before
accepting an old fashioned THR. The FDA approved Birmingham
Hip Resurfacing in the US last May 2006. Over 60,000 people
world wide have BHR’s and many more are learning about the
new procedure. Doctors overseas have been performing hip
resurfacing for almost fifteen years.
Katie Ellis received her BHR in 1991 from Mr. McMinn the
inventor of the BHR in the UK.
The BHR approved by the FDA in May of 2006 is quite
different than the older,
hemi-resurfacing of the past. Hemi-resurfacing did not
place a cup in the acetabulum of the hip, it only placed a
cap on the femur bone and this resulted in a metal on bone
joint that often became painful and required a revision.
If you are young and active, be sure to ask your doctor
about hip resurfacing. If he/she does not seem to know about
the new option, find a doctor in your area that does hip
resurfacing. There have been many active people in their
late sixties and even seventies that have had hip
resurfacing. Be sure to ask questions of your doctor and do
research so you don’t end up with an old fashioned small
ball THR that will restrict your activities and increase the
possibility of a dislocation.