2016 AOANJIRR Registry Summary

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Note by Patricia Walter:  This information is only for hip resurfacing in Australia.  Many experienced hip resurfacing surgeons have personal series of HR which are more positive than the results below.

Summary of 2016 AOANJIRR Report by Patricia Walter


The Registry has recorded 8,895 total resurfacing hip replacement procedures in patients less than 55 years of age. In this age group, the use of primary total hip resurfacing as a proportion of primary total hip procedures, has declined from a peak of 30.2% in 2004 to 4.3% in 2015. … Read the rest

What Equipment Will I Need At Home After Surgery by Patricia Walter

What Equipment Will I Need At Home After Surgery?

Everyone has slightly different needs. There are some basic items almost everyone needs and then there are things that some people want and others just don’t need.

Must Haves:

Crutches  – Normally crutches are supplied by the hospital.  I used elbow crutches and they are much easier to use than normal under the arm crutches.  Overseas hospitals use elbow crutches while US hospital still normally use old fashioned under the arm crutches.  If you have to be on crutches for a long time, I would suggest getting a pair of elbow  … Read the rest

Dr. Schmitt First Surgeon to Perform Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in Michigan

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The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ procedure is an alternative to traditional hip replacement…

Philip Schmitt, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was the first doctor in Michigan to perform Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.

Advantages of Hip Resurfacing

Hip resurfacing offers many benefits compared to total hip replacement. It features a technologically advanced bearing surface that dramatically reduces joint wear when compared to traditional hip replacement materials. It’s ideal for younger, very active people who may outlive a traditional total hip replacement and therefore require future hip joint revision. Other advantages of hip resurfacing … Read the rest

Osteoarthritis Patients Survive Longer after Hip Resurfacing than THR 2013

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BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – Contrary to expectations, metal-on-metal hip resurfacing for osteoarthritis was associated with higher patient survival at 10 years than was total hip arthroplasty in a large, population-based study…

…Cumulative mortality rates were 2.8% for hip resurfacing versus 7.3% for cemented total hip replacement (THR; hazard ratio, 0.51). Ten-year mortality rates comparing hip resurfacing to uncemented THR were 2.6% and 3.2%, respectively (HR, 0.64)…

…”Patients who received a metal-on-metal resurfacing [MoMR] procedure seem to have a long-term survival advantage compared to patients receiving cemented or an uncemented THR,” said Dr. Adrian Kendal of the National … Read the rest

Post Op Tips by Dr. Gross Patients

Patients often rely on information from other patients that have already had surgery.  Of course, you should always ask you own surgeon what pre op and post op information they can supply.

Dr. Gross patients have posted suggestions for others after their surgery:




and some generic suggestions for post op exercises, of course you should follow your own surgeons suggestions first.

I also included water exercises by Evelyne from Dr. De Smet.  They are excellent exercises if your surgeon approves their use for your personal recovery.

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New Nationwide Ratings of Surgeons Based on Patient Outcomes

Nonprofit Consumer Group Releases First‐Ever and Only Nationwide Ratings of Surgeons for Patient Outcomes,  Based on Government Data Previously Kept from the Public

New Website Shows that Similar Patients Have Three Times the Risk of Death or other Bad Outcomes with Some Surgeons Compared to Other Surgeons.


WASHINGTON—Preventable medical errors of various kinds kill at least 200,000 Americans each year,
making this the third leading cause of death in the United States, six times as many deaths as from auto
accidents. One way to reduce such errors is for consumers to choose the best surgeons. For the first

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Hip Resurfacing News features up to date news about hip resurfacing, FDA approved devices, personal hip stories, experienced surgeons, medical studies, video interviews and press releases. Hip Resurfacing came of age in the United States when the FDA approved the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Device in May 2006. Since then the FDA has approved the Cormet Hip Resurfacing Device and the Wright C+ Device.  Orthopedic surgeons have been performing hip resurfacing surgeries since 1997 overseas. More than 140,000 people world wide have received hip resurfacings. Hip Resurfacing is an alternative to total hip replacement.

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10th Anniversary of my BHR by Patricia Walter

Today (March 15, 2016) is the 10th anniversary of my BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Device by Smith and Nephew) surgery.  My BHR is still going strong with no problems at all.  It feels just like my other unoperated hip – normal.

I traveled to Dr. De Smet in Belgium in 2006 because there were not many experienced hip resurfacing surgeons in the US.  Also, I did not have health insurance and could not afford surgery in the US.  Dr. De Smet had performed about 2000 surgeries at that time and was used by many hip patients in the US. 

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