Patient Story: Birmingham Hip Resurfacing
The orthoapedic surgeons at the Kaplan Center for Joint Reconstruction have performed hundreds of Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgeries for patients throughout the Greater Boston area. One of our first Birmingham Hip Resurfacing surgery patients is Ken. Learn about how Ken’s life has changed before and after hip surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.
Fifty-year-old Ken Clark of Hopkinton is looking to score big. In fact, he has already scheduled a re-match on the basketball court with his teenage son. Just two weeks after recovering from a hip resurfacing procedure at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Clark is quite anxious to return to his active lifestyle.
Getting help at the Joint Center
After enduring severe hip pain over the last three years, Clark finally decided he needed to seek medical attention.
"While I was coaching basketball for my youngest son, a mother of another player noticed that I was in pain. That’s when she recommended that I go see Dr. Snyder," he said.
One of the first Birmingham Hip Resurfacing patients
Daniel Snyder, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Newton-Wellesley, is among one of a handful of physicians in the country trained on this new technique. He was trained in the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing method in Birmingham, England and operated with the original designer and developer Derek McMinn.
Unlike total hip replacement, which reconstructs the entire hip joint, hip resurfacing simply shaves and caps a few centimeters of bone within the joint. It is a new alternative to traditional hip replacement and now available in the United States.
An ideal candidate for Hip Resurfacing
This particular "Birmingham" approach preserves more of the patient’s natural bone structures and stability, covering the joint’s surfaces with an all-metal ball and socket joint that more closely resembles a tooth cap than a hip implant.
Hip Resurfacing vs. Traditional Hip Replacement
"This is one of the most exciting procedures I’ve seen in years," said Dr. Snyder, who has been on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital medical staff since 1985. "I see hip resurfacing as the ideal solution for many of my young, active patients who suffer from hip pain. As my patients are getting younger and staying physically active much later in life, I’ve needed an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates their age and lifestyle."