Hip pain can take the pleasure out of even the most enjoyable activities. We know it can be draining. The good news is that Presence Health’s board-certified hip joint specialists have brought relief to thousands of people, using Birmingham hip resurfacing and other procedures. Our orthopedic and rehabilitation therapy center supports you throughout the journey to recovery and beyond, helping you prevent future injury. In fact, we’re the only provider in Illinois to offer the complete range of rehabilitative care.
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Named after the city in England in which it was pioneered, BHR is an alternative to traditional hip replacement surgery that preserves more of your bone, which is important in case there’s a need for full hip replacement in the future. The procedure is intended for those whose hip pain, usually from advanced osteoarthritis, is strong enough to diminish their quality of life or interfere with their normal activities.
With traditional hip replacement, more of your thighbone (femur) is removed and replaced with the artificial joint. In hip resurfacing, only the very top of the femur (known as the femoral head) is trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering. In both surgeries, any damaged bone and cartilage are removed along with the damaged socket.
An advantage of hip resurfacing over replacement is that it may be easier to revise in case of future problems. Artificial hip joints can usually be expected to last between 10 and 20 years, and hip resurfacing leaves more of the bone to support a future procedure. Generally speaking, this makes hip resurfacing of more value to younger patients.
The procedure is longer and requires a larger incision than traditional hip replacement surgery. The decision about which procedure is better for you may be complicated but Presence Health’s orthopedic surgeons are board certified and many are highly trained in hip joint health. They can help you determine if Birmingham hip resurfacing is the right way to address your hip pain.
Typically, you’ll be able to start physical therapy one day after surgery, testing out your new hip by walking with crutches, a walker or a cane. About six weeks after hip resurfacing, many people are able to get back to their regular routine and activities.