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Birmingham Hip Resurfacing

An ideal alternative to a total hip replacement in young active patients with hip arthritis. It is a bone preserving surgery, that allows an individual to resume a very active lifestyle and allows further options with age.

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Total Hip Replacement

Total Hip Replacement is a surgical procedure that replaces the arthritic ball and socket with a prosthetic implant. It allows for pain free motion and improvement in quality of life.

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Total Knee Replacement

Total Knee Replacement is a surgical procedure that “resurfaces” the arthritic ends of the knee joint with metal and plastic. It reduces/eliminates pain and improves quality of life.

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Patient Testimonials

Discover what our patients have to say regarding their office visit, surgical experience or recovery process. We also encourage our existing patients to share their own experience!

Steve M.

  • Hip Resurfacing
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“Hartford resident and business owner Steve began noticing problems with his right hip around eight years ago. "I was only in my 30s when I had signs of arthritis," says Steve, president of M. Home Improvement. "I've always worked in construction - a lot of roofing, heavy lifting, climbing ladders - so I figured it just came with the territory." Two years ago, however, the pain in his hip started worsening to the point of being almost unbearable.

"The pain kept me from sleeping, and when I was awake, it was always there," said Steve. "I could never get away from it. I'd grab handfuls of ibuprofen (an over-the-counter painkiller) to get through each day."

At 42 years old, Steve was considered too young for traditional total hip replacement surgery. Last year, however, when his arthritic hip started severely affecting his ability to work, he knew something had to be done. "I was beginning to feel like an old man," said Steve. "By 2006, I had a hard time working even four hours a day. I would get to lunchtime and barely be able to pull myself into my pickup truck to go home. Then I'd have to grab on to every handrail just to get into the house, and once I was in, that was it. I couldn't do anything more the rest of the day." Once an avid hunter and fisherman, Steve's quality of life was going downhill...until he met Joel Wallskog, MD at the Aurora Health Center in Hartford

A fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Wallskog is an expert in joint replacement procedures, and he has a particular interest in hip surgeries from his involvement in clinical trials for emerging new technology in Cleveland six years ago. Dr. Wallskog felt that Steve was an excellent candidate for "hip resurfacing," an alternative to total hip replacement that's specifically for young, physically active patients. The advantage of hip resurfacing over traditional surgery is that it involves far less bone removal, allowing for a quicker recovery, and ultimately, greater range of motion and higher level of function. In 2001, while undergoing his fellowship at Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Wallskog was one of several physicians involved in testing the breakthrough procedure

"I was excited about hip resurfacing then, but even more so now because I can offer it to my patients here," said Dr. Wallskog, who practices at the Aurora Health Centers in Hartford and West Bend. The procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2006 and Dr. Wallskog is one of a few select physicians in Wisconsin certified to perform it. "I saw back then how well patients did after resurfacing," said Dr. Wallskog "I knew this technique was going to help a lot of patients like Steve."

During traditional total hip replacement surgery, the surgeon makes an incision over the side of the hip through the muscles and removes the diseased bone tissue and cartilage from the hip joint while leaving the healthy parts of the joint intact. Then the surgeon replaces the head of the femur (thigh bone) and acetabulum (hip socket) with new, artificial parts.

During hip resurfacing, a modified version of total hip replacement with the same goals, the femoral head is not removed. Instead, the damaged surface is reshaped and capped with a durable metal shield, and the corresponding hip socket is resurfaced with a thin metal lining. The resulting metal on metal surfaces of the joint allow for a smooth gliding motion