Breakthrough Hip Surgery Performed at Kuakini
February 22, 2007
On December 11, 2006, Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Hayato Mori successfully performed the first Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure in Hawaii at Kuakini Medical Center. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in June 2006, BHR allows surgeons to reconstruct and replicate the anatomy and function of a normal hip joint in patients suffering from debilitating hip pain due to arthritis.
|Unlike a total hip replacement (left) BHR resurfaces rather than replaces the end of a patient’s thighbone (right).
Images courtesy of Smith & Nephew
The current generation BHR implant has been studied and successfully implanted in Europe, Australia and Canada for over a decade. Since the procedure resurfaces rather than replaces the end of the thighbone, patients can participate in more strenuous physical activity with an implant that potentially lasts longer, and is more stable than a total hip replacement.
"Unlike a total hip replacement, which requires the removal of the entire hip bone, the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing technology removes and resurfaces only diseased cartilage," said Dr. Mori.
The new surgery is particularly beneficial for physically active individuals. Candidates for the procedure are typically below the age of 55 for females and 65 for males.
"My patients want to get back to what they used to enjoy. They want to be able to run and surf. They want to dance and perform yoga. They want to continue their careers as a firefighter or a police officer," said Dr. Mori.
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