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Harrison introduces alternative to total hip replacement - 6/20/2007

Harrison is among the first hospitals in the nation to offer hip resurfacing, a new alternative to total hip replacement that provides a viable option for younger, more active patients with hip pain.

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Donald Bliss, MD, is one of four surgeons in Washington-and the only one in our region-trained and certified to perform the procedure.

Dr. Bliss will speak about hip resurfacing at a free informational session on Thursday, June 14, from 7 to 9 pm, at Harrison Silverdale’s Garden Room, 1780 NW Myhre Road.

Performed in Europe for more than 10 years, hip resurfacing came to the United States in 2006 with FDA approval of the British-designed Birmingham hip resurfacing system. In this procedure, the damaged hip’s ball and socket are covered with a smooth metal rather than cutting away worn bone and replacing it.

“Hip resurfacing can be an ideal solution for many young, active patients who suffer from hip pain due to osteoarthritis and other conditions, and for whom total hip replacement may not be appropriate due to their increased level of physical activity,” explains Dr. Bliss. “As I’m seeing younger and younger patients who are staying physically active much later in life, I can now offer an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates their age and active lifestyle.”

Hip resurfacing’s bone-conserving approach preserves more of the patient’s natural bone structures and stability, covering the joint’s surfaces with an all-metal implant that more closely resembles a tooth cap than a hip implant. Total hip replacement involves the removal of the entire femoral head and neck. With the resurfacing technique, the head and neck are untouched.

The Birmingham hip resurfacing system was developed in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in 1997 and is being used in 27 countries. It remains the only resurfacing device approved for use in the US.