LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 15, 2007) − At the young
age of 33, Allen Harris already has had his first
hip resurfacing procedure. Exactly one year ago, a
car accident during the line of duty as a London
police officer left him with a broken femur, crushed
joints and a broken and dislocated hip. But thanks
to a new procedure called the Birmingham Hip
Resurfacing System, Harris, like many other active
young people, was able to resume normal activities
and an active lifestyle.
After his accident in May 2006, Harris had a
procedure to reconstruct his hip. But he still had
pain, and 70 percent of his ball joint had died. New
to UK HealthCare, orthopaedic surgeon Dr. Mauro Giordani heard about Harris’s hip
issues and talked to him about the Birmingham Hip
procedure. After discussing various surgical options
with Giordani, Harris decided it was the best option
Thankfully, Giordani, who is among the first
surgeons in the country trained to perform the
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure, was able to
help Harris in his time of need. Harris knew he
wanted to get back to his career. "I’d only been a
police officer for six years, and I didn’t want to
retire too young," he said.
Later the same day as his procedure in November,
Harris was up walking with crutches. After only two
weeks, Harris said he was walking just fine.
Giordani said the Birmingham Hip procedure is
allowing young people like Harris to remain active
and productive members of society.
"Dr. Giordani is one of the finest people I’ve come
across," Harris said. "I’m glad he was there to help
After the accident, Harris was afraid he would have
lifelong problems and never be able to work again.
But now he says his life is back to normal, and that
he has no pain in his hip.
Harris went back to work as a London police officer
in January 2007. He said he feels good and is
getting back in the swing of things. "I’m a pretty
determined person," he said.
About the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System
alternative to joint replacement for baby boomers
and young people whose active lifestyles make it
likely that conventional implants will wear out and
leave them with few subsequent treatment options.
During hip resurfacing procedures, which came onto
the U.S. market last year following FDA approval of
Smith & Nephew’s Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System,
surgeons fit a metal cap onto the head of the femur
and use a matching cup to replace the damaged
surface of the patient’s hip socket, allowing the
metal surfaces to articulate to mimic the hip’s
The metal-on-metal system, which also leaves more
natural bone intact than joint replacement, is
thought to delay the need for hip replacement by at
least five years. This bone conserving procedure,
combined with the virtual elimination of dislocation
and excellent survivorship, make the Birmingham Hip
Resurfacing System ideal for the younger or more
active patient. And because the all-metal implant is
made from strong, smooth cobalt chrome, it has the
potential to last longer than traditional implants.
"This is one of the most exciting new procedures
I’ve seen in years," Giordani said. "I see hip
resurfacing as the ideal solution for many of my
young, active patients who suffer from hip pain. As
I’m treating younger and younger patients who are
staying physically active much later in life, I’ve
needed an alternative to total hip replacement that
accommodates their age and lifestyle. The Birmingham
Hip Resurfacing System is that alternative."
For more information about the Birmingham Hip
Resurfacing System, contact UK Health Connection at
(800) 333-8874 or visit the
UK HealthCare Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine