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James W. Pritchett, M.D. – BHR trained Townley 1980
3679 Hip Resurfacings to date***
901 Boren Avenue #900
Seattle, WA 98104
Meet Dr Pritchett – ProOrtho Physician
The Synovo Advantage and Kristin Thompson’s Story
Published on May 27, 2014
Dr.Pritchett Explains Metal Free Hip Resurfacing 2014 (Synovo Preserve)
Published on Sep 5, 2014
Description: Dr. Pritchett describes and demonstrates cement less ceramic
polyethylene hip resurfacing. This is a sports hip.
Synovo Preserve Hip Resurfacing System
Published on May 27, 2014
Adverse reaction to metal debris: metallosis of the resurfaced hip – by Dr. James Pritchett
When did you complete your BHR training?
In 2006 before the US release. I originally learned hip resurfacing from Dr. Townley in the 1980’s.
How many BHR resurfacings have you performed?
I have performed approximately 1200 hip resurfacing procedures. I perform BHR resurfacing procedures every week and offer both the BHR and C+ options.
Will you replace the hip joint during surgery?
No. Your joint will be resurfaced. The old term is still often used but almost all your bone is kept and only the damaged surface is replaced.
Which Hospital will be used?
The Swedish Orthopedic Institute
How long will I be in the hospital?
Surgery on first Day. One or two days to recover before going home.
What is the risk of infection?
This is less than 1%
Will I need a blood transfusion?
Rarely is this necessary anymore
How long will I be in bed after surgery?
Just a matter of hours as the effects of anesthesia wear off. You can use your new joint right away.
How long will I be away from work?
For sedentary jobs just a couple weekds. For heavy work 4 to 6 weeks is recommended.
Will my new joint last as long as I do?
In the vast majority of cases the answer is yes.
Will my hip come out of joint after a resurfacing procedure?
There is a very small chance this could occur and only with an unusual movement or injury.
Can I play sports after a joint resurfacing procedure?
Yes. All but contact sports are allowed and encouraged.
Common Concerns after Hip Resurfacing by Dr. Pritchett:
1. Fever: Most patients run a fever at first after hip resurfacing. We think this
is from the release of cytokines (pyrogens) from drilling into the femur.
Rarely is the fever a sign of infection or other serious complication. The
usual pattern is for the temperature to rise later in the day or evening. The
fever goes away within a few days.
2. Swelling: Most patients have significant thigh swelling after hip
resurfacing. This is from dislocation the hip and often is a major
inconvenience. It does not come on immediately following surgery but
usually within the first several days. Ice, massage and elevation seem to
3. Wound Drainage: There often is drainage from the incision. At first this is
blood but later it is just the serum, which is more yellow. Sometimes this
occurs several days following surgery. If there is significant redness with
this we should examine the incision for the possibility of infection although
this is rare.
4. Muscle Spasm: Many patients are surprised that the major muscle pain is
not in incisional area but rather in the thigh. This can be a major
inconvenience but does gradually subside. Exercise, massage and ice can