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 is among the first surgeons in this country and the first in Wisconsin to provide patients who suffer hip pain the remarkable new Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) technique. This alternative, which has been offered in Europe and other countries for more than a decade, finally won FDA approval in May 2006. It is 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 April 1st 2011, Dr. Rogerson has performed 558 Birmingham hip resurfacing procedures and results have been extremely gratifying.
“This is 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 hip pain. We are seeing patients who, through either extremely physical work or leisure, develop arthritic hip pain. They don’t intend to slow down. BHR is an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates both age and lifestyle. In the past, I’ve even encouraged patients to seek treatment in Belgium because I didn’t want them to have to wait any longer for this great option. Now they can be treated close to home.”
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 due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia or 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.
- A Patient’s Guide to Hip Resurfacing
- Rehabilitation at Meriter Hospital & HipHab
- Reasons to Choose Birmingham Why the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System. A Personal Message from John S. Rogerson, MD.
- BHR Literature Review Important BHR statistics, warnings and precautions.
- Metal-on-Metal Hip Bearing Controversy
- History of Hip Resurfacing
- Patient Testimonials Read several stories about patients who have had the hip resurfacing surgery
- BHR Patient Photos View photos of our patients who have had the hip resurfacing surgery
- Financial Information
- In the News In this section we link to articles that feature Dr. Rogerson and Birmingham hip resurfacing.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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.
- SurfaceHippy 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.
- SurfaceHippyInfo.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 patient advocate Vicky Marlow.