The Procedure

Until just recently, Dr. Rubinstein would likely be recommending total hip replacement surgery at this point of your disease state. While it is clearly a more bone-sacrificing procedure than hip resurfacing, total hip replacement is a safe and effective surgery, and is performed more than 300,000 times per year in the United States.

Hip before surgery Implant components
DiseasedHip The Procedure

Components The Procedure

As you may know, total hip replacement requires the removal of the femoral head and the insertion of a hip stem down the shaft of the femur. Hip resurfacing, on the other hand, preserves the femoral head and the femoral neck. During the procedure, Dr. Rubinstein will only remove a few centimeters of bone around the femoral head, shaping it to fit tightly inside the BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing implant.

Dr. Rubinstein will also prepare the acetabulum for the metal cup that will form the socket portion of the ball-and-socket joint. While the resurfacing component slides over the top of the femoral head like a tooth cap, the acetabular component is pressed into place much like a total hip replacement component would be.

BHR cuts The Procedure

BIRMINGHAM Hip Resurfacing System

BHR implanted The Procedure

Cuts   Implanted
Total cuts The Procedure

Total Hip Replacement

Total implanted The Procedure

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