4.10 Hip resurfacing (CPT2 procedure codes 27125 and 27130, and HCPCS S2118) with an FDA approved device is proven for the treatment of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) of the hip in patients who are less than 65 years old and who meet all of the following criteria:
Have chronic, persistent pain and/or disability;
Are otherwise healthy and active;
Have normal proximal femoral bone geometry and bone quality; and
Would otherwise receive a conventional Total Hip Replacement (THR), but are likely to outlive a conventional THR implant system’s expected life.
New Data Reinforces the Proven Safety and
Effectiveness of the BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System
80-percent of US surgeons choose the BHR hip
as it outperforms all other metal-on-metal resurfacing devices
MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Recent new data(1)
presented at this year’s American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
annual meeting reinforces the BIRMINGHAM HIP™ Resurfacing (BHR) System
as a safe and effective hip resurfacing device. The multi-site study,
performed by orthopedic surgeons practicing at nine Canadian academic
centers, showed that three years after surgery, 99.91% of their 3,400
hip resurfacing patients experienced no implant failure due to metal
wear debris. The BHR Hip was the most used resurfacing device in this
This week, the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City
will be holding a medical education course titled "Total Hip:
Replacement and Resurfacing" on May 7 and 8 for leading hip surgery
specialists from across …
Medicare is going to decide if it should start discussions
about covering Hip Resurfacing soon. I am explaining this in layman’s terms.
There are long processes that government goes through with technical terms, but
basically the public is invited to comment on what procedures will be discussed
This is a chance for all hip resurfacing patients and
potential patients to make comments to Medicare. I have been told that Medicare
listens to surgeons, patients, patient advocates and the general public. This
is an opportunity for hip resurfacing to be covered by Medicare. I have also
been told that Medicare is the benchmark for most insurance companies. If
Medicare covers a procedure, then normally most insurance companies will also
cover the same procedure.
If you have had a hip resurfacing and would like to
encourage Medicare to cover Hip Resurfacing, please take time to comment. If
you need a …
The debate over U.S. health-care reform rages on. But why wait for someone
else to dictate your future? You have many options — if you’re willing to take
a vacation. If recovering from a medical procedure while lying on a palm-swept
beach, relaxing by the hotel pool, or shopping for terrific bargains sounds
good, then medical vacations may be exactly the right solution for you.
From hip replacement to heart surgery, more people are discovering the
advantages of traveling abroad for their medical needs.
A big growth industry In just the past few years, medical vacations have gone from a tiny niche
market to an impressive growth story with substantial market-share gains. From
Mexico to India, Costa Rica to Thailand, hospitals are taking advantage of this
global trend. And U.S. companies are taking note as well. Aetna (NYSE: AET) …
Timmi Ryerson, a San Diego stock market analyst, says her left hip actually
works again, thanks to an orthopedic specialist in India. …What’s new about these procedures is not the exotic locales the three
chose, but the way they paid for their far-flung surgeries.
While at least 150,000 Americans travel abroad for medical care every year,
according to the American Medical Association, Ryerson, Mason and Davies
represent a small but growing category of medical tourist: patients whose
insurance companies have agreed to foot at least part of the bill.
"I think that’s the solution to our health care crisis," said Davies, 53, whose
company plan, Delta Dental, maxed out his dental benefit, about $2,500, toward
the $30,000 he spent to repair damage caused by years of grinding his teeth, a
procedure that would have cost an estimated $80,000 in the United States.
Need health insurance? Better get to work
Do research to find the best individual plan
By Jane Glenn Haas
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
If you are too young for Medicare but considering leaving a job that offers
group health insurance, it pays to do some research.
After a yearlong investigation, Consumer Reports has concluded that 89 percent
of the people younger than 65 who look for individual health insurance do not
buy it because it is too costly, because they are turned down for health reasons
or because benefits are inadequate.
"Private insurance is virtually out of the question for 76 percent of uninsured
Americans — and those who do have insurance told us wrenching stories about the
high costs and poor coverage they receive," says Nancy Metcalf, health editor at
She calls searching for private insurance "daunting" and a challenge to any
adult who hopes to retire …
I am a 55-year-old male diagnosed in March of this year with end-stage osteoarthritis of the left hip, with “some component of dysplasia”. The result of the condition is that I am unable to engage in the athletic activities that have helped me control hypertension and maintain extremely low blood cholesterol levels (as demonstrated in my past two annual physicals). Despite a high-stress professional position and extremely demanding work schedules, I have managed to maintain my health…with the help of competitive handball, three to four times a …