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The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ procedure is an alternative to traditional hip replacement…
Philip Schmitt, D.O., an orthopedic surgeon at DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital, was the first doctor in Michigan to perform Birmingham Hip Resurfacing.
Advantages of Hip Resurfacing
Hip resurfacing offers many benefits compared to total hip replacement. It features a technologically advanced bearing surface that dramatically reduces joint wear when compared to traditional hip replacement materials. It’s ideal for younger, very active people who may outlive a traditional total hip replacement and therefore require future hip joint revision. Other advantages of hip resurfacing include:
- preservation of healthy bone
- a reduction in the risk of inaccurate leg length (one leg being longer than the other)
- reduced recovery time
- ability to resume a very active lifestyle
- reduced need for a second surgery
…“This is a very good option for patients younger than 60 who have bad arthritis in the hip,” says Dr. Schmitt. The typical patient will be physically active, under 60 years of age, and suffering from hip arthritis, hip dysplasia or avascular necrosis of the hip. Hip resurfacing can be used in patients over 60 whose bone quality is strong enough to support the implant.