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Hip Resurfacing - in Colorado

The Procedure

Until just recently, your orthopedist would likely be recommending total hip replacement surgery at this point of your disease state. While it is clearly a more bone-sacrificing procedure than hip resurfacing, total hip replacement is a safe and effective surgery, and is performed more than 300,000 times per year in the United States.

As you may know, total hip replacement requires the removal of the femoral head and the insertion of a hip stem down the shaft of the femur. Hip resurfacing, on the other hand, preserves the femoral head and the femoral neck.

During the hip resurfacing procedure, your surgeon will only remove a few millimeters of bone around the femoral head, shaping it to fit tightly inside the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant.

Your surgeon will prepare the acetabulum for the metal cup that will form the socket portion of the ball-and-socket joint. While the resurfacing component slides over the top of the femoral head like a tooth cap, the acetabular component is pressed into place much like a total hip replacement component would be.

Hip Resurfacing vs. Total Hip Replacement (THR)

Hip Resurfacing is different from a conventional Total Hip Replacement (THR) in the following ways:

  • Typically with Hip Resurfacing both prosthetic implants are made from metal. With THR, the prosthetic implants are made from ceramic, polyethylene, or metal.
  • With Hip Resurfacing, the implant is almost identical to the size of the head of the natural femur. With THR, the size of the head can be considerably smaller.
  • With Hip Resurfacing, the procedure is considered to be bone conserving on the femur side. The natural femur neck remains intact and the natural head of the femur is reshaped and resurfaced, rather than removed. With THR, both the natural neck and head are removed, and the stem is considerably larger.

History of Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing

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.

Is it right for you?

After reading about Birmingham hip resurfacing, you may be interested to learn whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure. Please take a moment to answer the following questions:

  • Do I have a metal allergy?
  • Do I have insulin dependent diabetes?
  • Do I have rheumatoid arthritis that is poorly controlled or that requires prednisone medication to treat?
  • Do I have lupus?
  • Do I have chronic kidney failure?
  • Do I have other immuno-compromising diseases such as amyloidosis?

If you answered “yes” to one or more of the above questions, you are not a good candidate for hip resurfacing.  If you answered “no” to all of the above questions, you may be a good hip resurfacing candidate.

Dr James Rector and Hip Resurfacing

An orthopedic surgeon for over 25 years, Dr. James Rector has extensive experience in hip and knee replacement procedures. When Birmingham Hip Resurfacing became available in the United States in May 2006, Dr. Rector was excited to be the first Colorado surgeon to offer it. He has performed more than 900 Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgeries since June 2006.

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing offers younger patients the possibility of returning to more active lifestyles. In Dr. Rector’s practice, early results have been as good or better than those for conventional total hip replacements.

If you’re interested in hip resurfacing, contact Dr. Rector at Boulder Orthopedics today for more information and a consultation.

With more than 25 years of experience in hip and knee procedures, Dr. James Rector was the first surgeon to perform Birmingham Hip Resurfacing in Colorado.

James B. Rector, MD, of Boulder (near Colorado Springs) Orthopedics performed the first BHR in the state of Colorado. Dr. Rector is one of the most experienced surgeons performing the BHR procedure in the United States.
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