Council Bluffs Surgeon among First in Nation to Use Unique Alternative to Total Hip Replacement
Release Date: 05/25/2007

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First innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ System will be performed in area which preserves bone and joint stability for young, active patients

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa –Fifty-seven-year-old Ed Johnson assumed the weakness and slight limp in his left leg were due to back problems. As a Ewing, Neb. high school math teacher and coach of both basketball and football, Johnson is extremely athletic and in great shape. But as the pain increased, neither a back specialist, a CT Scan nor an MRI could pinpoint the source of the problem. Finally, an X-ray revealed the growing pain Johnson was experiencing is due to osteoarthritis in his left hip, leaving him with little options except for a total hip replacement.

Now a new surgical option is offering new hope to middle-age adults who suffer from osteoarthritis in the hip and want to return to their active lives. Johnson will be the first patient in the Omaha/Council Bluffs market to undergo the new Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure at Alegent Health Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. C. Kent Boese, M.D. of Miller Orthopaedic Affiliates will be performing this innovative procedure that is remarkable because it conserves bone, provides greater stability and increases range of motion.

“Hip resurfacing is the ideal solution for many of my young, active patients who suffer from hip pain. While traditional hip replacement can do wonders for the majority of patients in terms of reducing pain and returning mobility, there is a growing population of patients that are looking for more,” said Dr. Boese. “These patients want to return to the normal activities they enjoy including biking, running, dancing or even martial arts. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ System provides me with an alternative that meets the needs of these patients.”

Dr. Boese is one of only a handful of surgeons in the country and the first in the Omaha/Council Bluffs market to provide this innovative procedure. The BHR procedure involves reshaping the head of the femur or thigh bone and capping it with a smooth metal ball, similar to capping a tooth. Patients experience a quicker recovery time than a total hip replacement, which involves a surgeon cutting the worn bone away and inserting a metal stem inside the femur. The Birmingham Hip implant is intended for patients suffering from hip pain due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia or avascular necrosis.

Patients who undergo the Birmingham resurfacing generally have a shorter hospital stay and regain their mobility faster than those who have a traditional hip replacement. Johnson expects to regain nearly a full range of motion in four weeks and is optimistic about the future.

“I’m looking forward to regaining the normal function and flexibility I enjoyed prior to the osteoarthritis in my hip,” said Johnson. “From going on a jog to showing my basketball players the proper technique on the court, this surgery will help get me back to my old self quicker.”