Originally Posted by custmmc
Can you give us some more information on what would disqualify someone from getting a hip resurfacing? The doctor said I did not qualify, but during the office visit we had so many other questions to ask that we did not follow up on the resurfacing issue. I would prefer the resurfacing because it allows for more long term options.
I would also like to know more about a hip fusion. Would it be possible to ride motorcycles at all after a hip fusion? During my first doctor consultation he suggested hip fusion, but at the next visit he said I should not consider fusion.
Thanks to all for contributing. This is great information, please keep it coming. I will continue to collect comments for a few more days, and then try to summarize what I learned from this and other postings.
I look forward to the day that I can enjoy riding something more entertaining than the electric shopping carts at Wal-Mart.
Age and activity level. The younger (under 55 or so) and the more active the better.
AVN...avascualr necrosis...can't do a Birmingham. AVN basically means that the bone is starved of blood supply and starts to degrade.
Presence of a lot of ostephytes (bone spurs). Can make it very difficult to get a good resurfacing.
Overall condition of the femoral head (the ball part) and the acetabulum (the socket part). If there has been bone on bone contact for a long period of time, the femoral head will actually grind down.
Other damage, such as a fracture.
If you qualify, a Birmingham is a great option. But that's not to say that a good orthopedic surgeon won't be able to give you a similar result using a traditional total hip procedure. As I said before, these things have come a long way and it's not unusual for patients to get 15-20 years out of a total hip. With the new technologies, some patients may even get a lifetime out of a single hip.
You might want to ask your doctor about PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) as well. We use it pretty extensively and the results are pretty damn amazing.