Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

All I can say is… Wow! 
I flew out here from San Diego after researching hip resurfacing for a couple of years. I chose wisely.“
- Kent

Dr. Rogerson was among the first surgeons in this country and the first in Wisconsin to provide patients who suffer hip pain the remarkable Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) technique. This alternative, which has been offered in Europe and other countries for more than 15 years, won FDA approval in May 2006. It was the first FDA approved hip resurfacing system in the United States. Rather than replacing the entire hip joint, as in a total hip replacement, hip resurfacing simply shaves and caps a few centimeters of bone within the joint.

As of June 1st, 2014, Dr. Rogerson has performed over 750 Birmingham hip resurfacing procedures and results have been extremely gratifying.

Dr. Rogerson

“This is still one of the most exciting procedures I’ve seen in years,” explains Dr. Rogerson. “I see hip resurfacing as the ideal solution for many young, active patients who suffer from severe hip pain due to arthritis. We are seeing a new demographic of patients who, through either extremely physical work or high intensity endurance activities, develop early significant hip arthritis. They don’t intend to slow down. BHR is the best viable alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates both age and lifestyle. Our results since 2006 with our innovative HipHab rehabilitation program have been extremely successful in returning patients to unlimited activity.”



The bone-conserving approach of hip resurfacing preserves more of the patient’s natural bone structures and stability, covering the joint’s surfaces with an all-metal implant that more closely resembles a tooth cap than a hip implant. This approach reduces the post-operative risks of dislocation and inaccurate leg length, and because the all-metal implant is made from tough, highly finished cobalt chrome, it has the potential to last longer than traditional hip implants.

The Birmingham Hip implant is intended for patients suffering from hip pain mainly due to osteoarthritis, and occasional patients with mild dysplasia or mature avascular necrosis, and for whom total hip replacement may not be appropriate due to their increased level of physical activity. For this reason, most surgeons feel it will be ideal for patients under age 65 who live active lifestyles.

To learn more about this procedure, please visit the sections below. If you think you may be a candidate for hip resurfacing, please visit the Take the Next Step section to have Dr. Rogerson perform an initial assessment of your medical condition and x-rays without charge.

  1. A Patient’s Guide to Hip Resurfacing
  2. Dr. Rogerson’s HipHab Rehabilitation Program
  3. Reasons to Choose Birmingham Why the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. 
A Personal Message from John S. Rogerson, MD.
  4. BHR Literature Review Important BHR statistics, warnings and precautions.
  5. Metal-on-Metal Hip Bearing Controversy
  6. History of Hip Resurfacing
  7. Patient Testimonials Read several stories about patients who have had the hip resurfacing surgery
  8. BHR Patient Photos View photos of our patients who have had the hip resurfacing surgery
  9. Financial Information
  10. In the News In this section we link to articles that feature Dr. Rogerson and Birmingham hip resurfacing.
  11. Take the Next Step! After reading about hip resurfacing, you may be interested to learn whether or not you are a good candidate for the procedure.
  12. We encourage each patient to learn as much as possible about the options available, in order to make an informed choice regarding his or her surgical options. The following Web sites may be useful to you during your research:
  13. Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System Dr. Rogerson uses the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. This system is the only resurfacing device approved by the FDA. Visit this site for a patient guide to the surgery, patients’ stories, a free information kit and more.
  14. BHR vs. THA Clinical Data: Read how well the BHR hip resurfacing system performs compared to standard total hip arthroplasty (THA).
  15. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS): Analysis of wear of retrieved metal-on-metal hip resurfacing implants revised due to pseudotumours.
  16. Read Smith and Nephew’s response to the above JBJS article regarding pseudotumours and resurfacing.
  17. Surfacehippy.info This site is a hip resurfacing patient support group. Surfacehippy is a forum for sharing information and experiences among patients who have had hip resurfacing surgery. Anyone interested in learning about the procedure is welcome to participate. This site includes a physician listing, as well as several interviews of Dr. Rogerson with Patricia Walter.
  18. Hipresurfacingsite.com This site serves as a patient-to-patient guide to hip resurfacing. A physician listing is included in the site, as well as an interview of Dr. Rogerson by the late patient advocate Vicky Marlow.