Hip replacement alternative for younger boomers
Updated Mon. Jan. 29 2007 5:02 PM ET
WASHINGTON – Doctors are beginning to offer a new alternative to hip replacement — one aimed at younger, athletic baby boomers who’ve worn out their joints too soon. Now they no longer have to wait until they hit their 60s for a fix.
It’s called hip resurfacing, covering a damaged hip’s ball and socket with smooth metal rather than cutting away worn bone and replacing it.
The operation hit the U.S. market last spring with Food and Drug Administration approval of the British-designed Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. Competitors are in clinical trials here, and expected to clear FDA later this year.