Originally Posted by jstcrashnthru
Birmingham's are nice. But only a very small percentage of hip patients qualify for them. We've just started doing them again after a several year hiatus. The technology has finally caught up with the theory and they are much better than they used to be. They're good for younger, realatively active, and otherwise healthy patients. It still leaves the femoral head intact and makes it easier to do a total hip later if/when the Birmingham wears out.
That's what made it so attractive to me. I've still got a lot of hiking and backpacking to do. My doctor at Davis told me that it's possible to make this last a lifetime if it's rehabbed properly and well cared-for after recovery. I suppose we'll see..........