05:16 PM EDT on Friday, June 22, 2007
By Felice J. Freyer Journal Medical Writer
The guys wanted it. Guys in their 40s and 50s, who once spent hours playing tennis or doing karate, and who, now hobbled by arthritis, poured their energy into finding a solution to the pain in their hips.
They came to Dr. Robert C. Marchand, printouts in hand, minds made up, and said, I want this. What they wanted was hip resurfacing — a new alternative to total hip replacement that preserves more bone, and is reputed to last longer, withstand impact and allow a greater range of motion. Perhaps allowing for more years of karate kicks.
Marchand, who is with South County Orthopedics, had observed a hip resurfacing procedure in his wife’s native Germany. In Europe, he says, people are running marathons with hip-resurfacing …