A Solution for Young, Active Patients with Hip Arthritis in Ontario
Toronto is North America’s 4th largest city and has the fastest growing population in need of hip surgery, yet Toronto has limited experience in hip resurfacing. This has left a void for patients in urgent need of this procedure.
Recognizing this gap, Cleveland Clinic has been able to help a number of Ontarians receive the appropriate treatment.
Resurfacing of the hip offers several advantages compared to traditional total hip replacement in young, active patients. Much less bone is removed from the upper femur (thigh bone), activity levels are completely unrestricted after full recovery, and there are fewer problems with popping out (dislocation) or unequal leg lengths. In the right patient, resurfacing lasts as long as, or longer than, total hip replacement, and options are better and safer if future surgery is required. An experienced surgeon is needed, due to the complexity of the procedure. Men have better results than women, so only men are currently approved for these referrals.
Cleveland Clinic, a global nonprofit academic medical centre, has provided world class care to people from around the world since 1921. Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Peter Brooks has had a large and highly successful hip resurfacing practice at the clinic since 2006. He has performed more than 3,000 resurfacing procedures using the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System (BHR). This device has the longest and best track record. He is originally from Canada, graduating first in his medical school class at the University of Toronto in 1979. He did his orthopaedic residency at Harvard University, and further training in joint reconstruction at the University of Toronto, where he was on staff until moving to Cleveland Clinic in 1991.
Who is eligible?
Depending on a number of factors, males under the age of 65 with osteoarthritis of the hip may be able to receive OHIP coverage from the Ministry of Health for a hip resurfacing procedure at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
How do I get started?
- If you are a male under age 65 with arthritis of the hip, you need to find out if you are a candidate for hip resurfacing. Dr. Brooks will review your X-rays, which can be sent by email or mail. Call his office for assistance. Or, make an appointment at Cleveland Clinic Canada for an examination and X-rays.
- If you are a candidate, apply for coverage from the Ontario Ministry of Health. Cleveland Clinic Canada can assist you.
- Once you have been approved by the Ministry, you can contact Michele Gordon below to organize your appointment with Dr. Brooks in Cleveland, Ohio.
Please note: Preoperative testing and postoperative care can be provided at Cleveland Clinic Canada in downtown Toronto, or at other suitable locations in Ontario.
To find out if you are a candidate, contact:
Dr. Brooks’ assistant Audrey at 216.444.4284 or 800.CCF.CARE, extension 44284 or visit Cleveland Clinic online at https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/treatments/17103-hip-resurfacing or www.surfacehippy.info
For further information on getting Ministry of Health coverage or to arrange an appointment in Cleveland with Dr. Brooks, please contact Michele Gordon at Cleveland Clinic Canada at 416.507.6783.