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The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System is a metal-on-metal approach to resurfacing only the head of the femur (ball-shaped top of the thigh bone). This may be contrasted with a total hip replacement in which both bones in the hip joint (the femoral head and the acetabulum) are involved. The acetabulum is a cup-shaped indentation in the pelvis into which the femoral head is seated and rotates.
The BHR system consists of two parts:
The cap on the femoral head moves within the cup in the acetabulum. The two parts are composed of a highly polished slippery metal. They are made to be durable and to glide easily against one another.
The BHR System is meant for patients who in general are younger than 60 and physically active. These patients are not suitable candidates for a total hip replacement, because they are likely to need another hip replacement in their lives, and a second surgery is a more complicated, often less successful procedure.
The hip resurfacing system is meant to relieve pain and improve the function of the hip by replacing portions of the hip that are seriously damaged by degenerative joint disease. These include:
There are a few problems with this method of hip prosthetic surgery:
The BHR System is made by Memphis-based Smith & Nephew, Inc. It was approved May 9, 2006.
If you've experienced problems with your implant, you might be eligible to file a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) System lawsuit to seek compensation for your suffering. For more information, please contact our defective hip implant lawyers today.
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