Since every hip injury and patient are unique, not anyone is a suitable candidate for Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR). A comprehensive diagnosis ensures that patients undergoing this procedure have the physical capacity and the right pathology to qualify for this type of prosthetic intervention.
The procedure is mainly recommended for younger people with an active lifestyle, but it can also be performed successfully in individuals under 65. Patient suitability is established by the operating physician and involves bone quality analysis and the evaluation of the femoral head size.
It should be noted that women have a higher revision rate and have less favorable outcomes, making qualifying criteria more stringent. Women of childbearing age that intend to have offspring might not be suitable due to the ionic reaction of the metal components and how it could affect infants in-utero. Women past menopause face a decrease in bone quality, and a thorough evaluation is needed before considering BHR.
BHR isn't recommended for patients displaying several other conditions, including:
As with all other surgical interventions, a low level of risk is always involved, with potential complications including infection, nerve injury, or blood clotting. Other counter-indications or post-op difficulties may include: