Active Joints Orthopedics
Orthopedic Surgery Practice located in Englewood, NJ
Hip replacement surgery can change your life if you have chronically painful hips, but if you’re an active person and your hip condition is limiting your mobility, hip resurfacing could be an even better option. David N. Feldman, MD, of Active Joints Orthopedics in Englewood, New Jersey, is a highly respected, pioneering orthopedic surgeon who uses the Birmingham Hip™ Resurfacing (BHR) System to resolve pain and movement issues without having to replace the entire hip joint. To book a consultation with Dr. Feldman, call Active Joints Orthopedics today, or use the online booking tool.
Hip Resurfacing Q & A
What is hip resurfacing?
Hip resurfacing is an innovative option for patients with serious hip conditions. Dr. Feldman uses the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System; an FDA-approved implant that preserves your femur (thigh bone), rather than replacing it.
Hip resurfacing is a technologically advanced procedure that speeds recovery times for patients. The BHR implant may be more stable and last longer than a total hip replacement, and it could enable you to take part in more physically active pursuits.
Why might I need hip resurfacing?
If you’re an active adult under 60, or over 60 but healthy and physically active, hip resurfacing could be an option should you have a serious hip disorder such as:
- Bone spurs on the hip
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
- Avascular necrosis (AVN), or hip osteonecrosis
When a patient complains of hip pain, Dr. Feldman looks at conservative treatment options first, such as:
- Using a cane
- Weight loss programs
- Avoiding spending a long time walking or standing
- Physical therapy
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Cox-2 inhibitors
- Glucosamine and chondroitin dietary supplements
If these treatment options are unsuccessful or wouldn’t be effective in your case, then hip resurfacing is a less invasive option than total hip replacement.
How is hip resurfacing carried out?
The procedure takes place either under a general anesthetic that sends you to sleep or with an epidural that numbs your body below the waist.
Using the BHR implant, Dr. Feldman can preserve the head and neck of your femoral bone, which is the round ball at the top of your femur that fits into the socket of the pelvis. He only needs to remove enough bone to ensure the femoral head makes a tight fit into the BHR implant.
Dr. Feldman then prepares the acetabulum, which is the socket in your pelvis where the femoral head sits. The second part of the BHR implant sits inside the acetabulum to accommodate the resurfaced femoral head.
Once the implant is in place, Dr. Feldman can repair the soft tissues, and your operation is complete. Dr. Feldman arranges a rehabilitation program for you. You need to follow the program to ensure optimal recovery.
Having painful hips doesn’t mean you have to undergo a total hip replacement. Call Active Joints Orthopedics today to find out more about hip resurfacing, or book an appointment online.
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