Hip Resurfacing - in The Colorado 970 Area Code
The BIRMINGHAM HIP™ Resurfacing System (BHR™) is the global market leading hip resurfacing system with over 60,000 implantations worldwide. Introduced in 1997, the BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System was designed using knowledge gained from first generation metal-on-metal total hips and a thorough understanding of hip resurfacing principles.
This successful, bone conserving total hip system is well documented through independent clinical and laboratory studies. Additional clinical evidence supporting the BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System is published in multiple registries.
This bone conserving procedure, combined with the virtual elimination of dislocation and excellent survivorship make the BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing ideal for the younger or more active patient.
The hip is a ball-and-socket joint. In a healthy hip, the ball-end of the femur (or thighbone) swivels smoothly in the socket of the pelvis, also called the acetabulum.
But in an unhealthy hip, the femur and acetabulum may become rough and worn. The bones of the joint rub together causing pain, swelling and stiffness.
Put simply, BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System is used in a surgical procedure that replaces these worn ball-and-socket surfaces in the joint with smooth, durable high carbide cobalt chrome.
For younger or physically active patients, hip resurfacing can be a bone-conserving alternative to total hip replacement surgery.
The BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System implant has two parts:
Now instead of grinding bone on bone, the resurfaced metal on metal hip joint glides with a smooth, natural motion.
Metal on metal hip joints have been shown to be significantly more wear resistant than the traditional metal on plastic hip joints used in traditional hip replacement surgery. Some of the other currently sold metal on metal joints are using new technology that has had limited if any clinical validation.
The BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing System metal on metal technology was based upon metal on metal joints that have demonstrated extremely low wear over decades of clinical use and now has over 8 years of use itself.
Now there’s a way for the young and active to become pain free a little sooner, with a solution that can last for decades. It’s called Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) – a revolutionary new alternative to total hip replacement now available from Dr. James Rector of Boulder, Colorado.
BHR has been used since 1997, with more than 100,000 patients in 27 countries having the procedure. But it wasn’t until May 2006 that Birmingham Hip™ Resurfacing (BHR) won FDA approval in the U.S. However, the data below speak for themselves.
Australian Joint Registry. Published Figures
Australian Nation Joint Registry Annual Report 2006 (Clinical Results):