Hip resurfacing is a viable alternative to conventional hip replacement procedures for patients with chronic pain from arthritis, dysplasia, avascular necrosis, and other degenerative conditions. If you would like to learn more about this innovative solution to hip pain and immobility, consult with board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Stephen Raterman, MD at Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine. As a pioneer in the field of joint resurfacing and one of the first surgeons in the country to perform such a procedure, Dr. Raterman possesses an unparalleled level of experience helping patients regain their mobility and range of motion through this groundbreaking treatment.
Dr. Raterman uses the Birmingham hip resurfacing System, an FDA-approved, bone-preserving treatment that involves resurfacing a few centimeters of the head of the femoral bone (the “ball” of this ball-and-socket joint) and capping it with a smooth metal covering. Damaged portions of bone and cartilage in the socket are then discarded and replaced with a metal shell. Comparatively, total hip replacement involves completely removing the head of the femoral bone as well as the bone and cartilage within the socket.
The results of the Birmingham hip resurfacing procedure are extremely promising. This implant is potentially longer lasting and more stable than traditional hip replacement prostheses, and allows patients to return to the activities they enjoy much sooner than if they had undergone hip replacement. And, in the event that revision surgery is necessary following a hip resurfacing procedure, it is often less complex to perform when compared with a hip replacement patient.
The ideal candidates for hip resurfacing procedures are men under 50 years old, as this treatment has not shown to be effective in women and seniors.
If you are tired of suffering from chronic hip pain and want to know more about your treatment options, we encourage you to contact Florida Medical Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine & Spine today. Our friendly associates will be happy to schedule you an appointment with Dr. Raterman and answer any questions you may have.
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