Innovative New Procedure Offers Baby Boomers an Alternative to Total Hip Replacement
PITTSBURGH (May 30, 2007) — Kevin Deliman loves to run, ski and play power volleyball, but last fall, these activities became nearly impossible due to excruciating hip pain from advanced arthritis in his right hip caused by mild dysplasia at birth. Deliman’s doctor told him that he was too young for a total hip replacement, but that he could be treated with medication and therapy. He also advised him to either curtail his activities or learn to live with the pain until he could undergo a total hip replacement.
“I cried in the doctor’s office,” remembers Deliman. “I’m an avid volleyball player, an expert skier, cyclist, tennis player and runner. I was in excellent shape and I did not want to have the top of my femur removed.”
Not wanting to have a total hip replacement, nor wanting to postpone his training for the 2008 Senior Olympics, the 49-year-old Fox Chapel resident and businessman began to search for alternatives to total hip replacement surgery. After months of phone calls, doctor’s visits, and research on the Internet, Deliman was days away from a scheduled hip surgery in India when he discovered that doctors at the Mercy Joint Replacement Center at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh could provide the alternative he was seeking: the BIRMINGHAM HIP* Resurfacing System. The bone-conserving procedure resurfaces worn-out hips using longer-lasting materials which are said to better endure the active lifestyles of today’s 40- and 50-year olds…
Hip resurfacing is not for everyone, especially obese patients or those with a history of osteoporosis or poorly functioning kidneys. The best candidates for hip resurfacing surgery are males under the age of 65 and females under the age of 60 who have minimal hip deformity and have not undergone previous hip surgery.
According to Dr. Pressman, active older adults may also be considered for this procedure. Adults of all ages who experience hip pain may be referred to the Mercy Joint Replacement Center for an evaluation for hip surgery, therapy or other forms of treatment.
For more information about the Mercy Joint Replacement Center or about the hip resurfacing procedure featuring the BIRMINGHAM HIP* resurfacing system contact the registered nurses at MercyLink at 1-800-232-5660…