Hip Resurfacing

By: Jessica Aspiras Email
By: Jessica Aspiras Email

53-year-old Resa Civils has one passion in life: dancing. But more than a month ago she wouldn't have been able to pull off these moves.

"I started limping and my knee was caving in. I said I can't wait any longer."

So she decided to undergo a new hip resurfacing procedure rather than a total hip replacement.

Explains Ingham Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Wesley Mesko, "In a hip resurfacing it's only metal, metal. And in that case instead of removing the ball part of the hip joint as in doing a total hip here, in this case the head, the hip is dislocated and the head is just simply machined so that it can accept a cap that goes on the hip."

"It allows you to stay active. There are patients that actually run on these things so you don't have to curtail your activity at all with this, " says IRMC orthopedic surgeon Dr. Mark Russell.

Dr. Russell replaced Resa's old hip, with the Birmingham Hip. It was recenltly approved by the FDA less than a year ago.

"Younger patients are much more active, so this gets rid of that part of the equation so that with it being metal on metal, there's less chance of wear and less chance of it failing."

Hip resurfacing was introduced in the 70's but fell by the the wayside because plastic models had more than a ten percent failure rate. Dr. Mesko is currently participating in National FDA trials for the ReCap Hip.

"It gives us better options that if this fails, we can always revert to the stem type implant."

It's an option Resa would rather not think about.

"Between me and you I don't want to go through this again."

In the meantime, she'll keep dancing.


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  • by Dina Location: Lansing on Apr 11, 2007 at 05:30 AM
    Thank you for a wonderful article for those of us afflicted with a joint disease of the hip. I am only 46 years old and dread having the surgery, but thank God for the new technology.
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