I received a BMHR from Dr. McMinn in May of this year. The reason I went
to him was for a couple of reasons: my hip had progressed to a point
where DeSmet and a number of surgeons in the US did not feel totally
confident they could do a resurf. And, even if they could, they would
not be able to address the 1" length discrepancy. My bad hip was about
1" shorter than my good hip. So, why McMinn? Well, the big reason was
that he had started doing a procedure called the BMHR (Birmingham Mid
Head Resection), and was the only surgeon in the WORLD doing this
procedure. Basically, this is a larger version of a BHR, and was
developed for patients not suitable for a normal resurf – but it offers
the same benefits of a BHR regarding
activity after surgery. So, basically, my chance of getting a total hip
lower, as the BMHR was a fall-back in case I was not suitable for a BHR,
and, if a BMHR was necessary, it would actually allow for
significant lengthening of my bad hip. Well, I’m glad I went to McMinn
it turned out, I was not suitable for a BHR. But the beauty of this was
that, by having the BMHR, Dr. McMinn was able to lengthen my leg by a
inch! It has since settled some, and feels as though I am still about a
inch short, but I’ll take it. I have never felt so level!!!
Care was absolutely incredible. I have never experienced attention to
detail as I did at Birmingham Nuffield. The nurses were
great. Dr.. McMinn was great. I went alone, but he made me feel totally
our initial consult, which took place about an hour before being
admitted to the
hospital. It happened very fast, but he and Dr. Daniels were very
calming .Dr. McMinn showed me exactly what he was going to do. Said it
was not agimmee, but that is was a relatively short putt. It was at that
that I was positive I had made the right decision. In addition, the
staff (and physio) were fantastic. Very caring, and very responsive to
my needs They made me feel as though I was their only patient.
I am happy to say that I am doing great. Last year during Christmas
shopping, I could last only about 15 minutes before I’d have to stop.
After about an hour or so, I had to quit completely because my hip was
This year, I walked and walked and walked…no pain! It was wonderful.
I am doing my follow-up with Dr. Rogerson as I am from Wisconsin. He is
great, and is considered the best in the state, and one of the best in
the country. In fact, he was asked to speak at the annual conference in
this past October, one in which Dr. McMinn also spoke.
In our initial follow-up, Dr. Rogerson looked at before and after
pictures, and was in awe at what Dr. McMinn was able to accomplish. He
seen this surgery first hand, and was amazed. I have now seen Dr.
times, and have been told that I am progressing wonderfully. Because of
my leg lengthening, I’ve still got a ways to go regarding range of
but I feel twenty years younger.
I would recommend Dr. McMinn with no second thoughts. A great man. a great
surgeon. Good luck on your decision.