SOMC’s Trinidad Using New Hip Resurfacing ApproachPosted on February 4, 2008

A new surgical option is offering new hope to a broader range of adults who have osteoarthritis in the hip and want to return to their active lives.

Dr. Gerardo Trinidad of Southern Ohio Medical Center, a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with Trinidad Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Portsmouth, is the first surgeon in the area to provide his patients with the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure that conserves bone, provides greater stability and increases range of motion.

“Hip resurfacing is the ideal solution for many younger, more active patients who suffer from hip pain,” Dr. Trinidad said. “Baby boomers are not only remaining more active longer than their parents, they are demanding the medical establishment keep them active. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System now provides me with an alternative that meets the needs of my more active patients.”

The BHR procedure involves reshaping the head of the femur (thigh bone) and capping it with a smooth metal ball, similar to capping a tooth. It is a procedure that conserves bone much more than total hip replacement.

Total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. Dr. Trinidad explained that the Birmingham Hip resurfacing technique, however, preserves the head and neck, thereby preserving the natural length of the leg.

Dr. Trinidad said the Birmingham Hip implant is intended for younger, more active patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis and certain other conditions, and for whom total hip replacement may be being considered.

From a recovery standpoint, those who have had Birmingham Hip Resurfacing generally tend to have a quicker recovery than those having total hip replacement, Dr. Trinidad said.

For more information about hip resurfacing and Dr. Trinidad, call (740) 351-0980.

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