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Old 05-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #2
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Re: Can prolotherapy prevent hip resurfacing?

Hi 45Scotty,

I'm actually a double total knee replacement patient (both done within the past year with excellent results.)

Anyhow, I don't know what prolotherapy is, so you might want to look that up online. But given that you have no cartilage in the hip, you should probably go for the more permanent hip resurfacing option. (This technique was first developed in Birmingham, England, and my Ortho surgeon was one of the first U.S. Orthopedic surgeons to go there to be trained in this procedure) As you know, it's supposed to hopefully spare a patient from needing TOTAL hip replacement.

As for your question about metal on metal Birmingham for total hip replacement, you should check VERY THOROUGHLY into this because I just read last month that there are recalls for metal on metal hip replacement prosthetics due to the risk of eventual "leaching" of pieces of the metal prosthetic into the body and bloodstream. What you really would want to have instead is a titanium with plastic total hip prosthetic which is apparently, according to the research, less likely to cause this "leaching" problem.

Question your surgeon at length BEFORE YOU AGREE TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE for the hip resurfacing procedure! Make sure he explains the risks of metal on metal hip joint replacement! (I'm not sure it was the Birmingham make that had the recall. I believe I saw a commercial recently that said it was the DuPuy manufacturer with that recall. Check with the FDA just to be sure!

As I understand hip resurfacing or total hip replacement surgery, both are designed to help athletes get back to the sports that they enjoyed before their hip problems. Recovery can take up to a year, but each patient heals at their own body's rate, so you might be back to your soccer sooner than later post surgery if you do EVERYTHING in physical therapy that's asked of you immediately following surgery.

Hope this info helps you make your decision on surgery.

Regards,
******* (Carol)

Last edited by ldy12; 05-28-2012 at 08:39 PM. Reason: more info