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Cindy Ficorelli
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03/20/2008

Genesys offers Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR), a new technique for hip replacement surgery, is now offered at Genesys. The procedure is intended for younger, physically active people suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis and degenerative hip disease. Ideal patients are under the age of 55 who live a non-sedentary lifestyle, are in good health and have good bone strength.
According to James Heming, DO, one of the orthopedic surgeons at Genesys who conducts the procedure, typical candidates for BHR (hip resurfacing) "have exhausted other means of relieving hip pain. They have tried numerous therapies, medications and injections with little or no change in their disability, and they've had to give up the active lifestyle they enjoy so much."

To conduct the procedure, orthopedic surgeons at Genesys shave the rough, damaged surface of the hip joint bones and cap a few centimeters of bone within the joint rather than replacing the entire hip joint. Traditional total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and part of the neck of the thighbone; BHR caps the head only and leaves most of the neck untouched.

This bone-conserving approach preserves more of the patient's natural bone structure, which especially is beneficial for young patients who may require another replacement later in life, Dr. Heming points out.

In the United States, about 400,000 total hip replacements are performed each year. Of these, about 60,000 could be candidates for hip resurfacing. Experts predict an 80 percent increase in hip replacement procedures by 2030.

A recent study of male arthritis sufferers revealed that 88 percent of those with osteoarthritis under the age of 65 say the disease completely prevents them from participating in normal activities including driving and doing chores.

The BHR is the first hip resurfacing technique approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.

A few hip pain sufferers who have benefited from the new hip resurfacing technique are: Floyd Landis, winner of the 2006 Tour de France; Cory Foulk, endurance triathlete; and Peter Webb, a 2005 London marathon runner.

For more information about this new hip resurfacing technique offered at Genesys, call 1-888-234-4710.

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