Firefighter Returns to Work Thanks to Innovative Surgical Procedure

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Gary Gonzalez, a 28 year career firefighter returns to work - without restriction - thanks to the innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure. BHR simply resurfaces a small portion of bone, rather than replacing an entire hip, thus preserving bone and joint stability for younger, active patients like Gary.

Dr. Eugene Lopez of Midwest Sports Medicine, Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Expert

Birmingham Hip Resurfacing Implant

BHR simply resurfaces a small portion of bone, rather than replacing an entire hip, thus preserving bone and joint stability

Gary Gonzalez, a 28 year career firefighter returns to work - without restriction - thanks to the innovative Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) procedure. Dr. Eugene Lopez of Midwest Sports Medicine who helped mainstream BHR, a high performance alternative to total hip replacement. BHR simply resurfaces a small portion of bone, rather than replacing an entire hip, thus preserving bone and joint stability for younger, active patients like Gary. Dr. Lopez was trained for the procedure in the early stages of FDA approval and has been instrumental in helping many elite athletes and others get back in the game restriction-free.

Gary Gonzalez was having pain in his right hip due to degenerative arthritis. His pain gradually worsened and the doctors he had seen before Dr. Lopez told him that he was going to have to quit working as a firefighter. Gary remarked, “To be told that I could not go back to work ever wasn’t acceptable to me.” He continued to work, but did so with increasing pain. Then he found Dr. Eugene Lopez of Midwest Sports Medicine. Gary recalled his first visit with Lopez, “[Dr. Lopez told me] ‘you do everything I tell you to do, and the surgery goes good, you’ll be able to go back to work as a fireman’... I was back to work in four or five months.”

The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing System relieves hip pain and improves hip function by replacing the parts of a patient’s hip that have been severely damaged by injury or degenerative joint diseases like arthritis, dysplasia or avascular necrosis. Birmingham Hip Resurfacing, commonly known as “BHR”, is intended for patients where total hip replacement may not be appropriate due to a higher level of physical activity. For this reason, accomplished hip resurfacing doctors like Dr. Eugene Lopez believe this to be ideal for most patients under age 60 who live non-sedentary lifestyles.

The BHR bone-conserving approach preserves more of the patient's natural bone structures and stability, covering the joint's surfaces with an all-metal implant that more closely resembles a tooth cap than a hip implant. This approach reduces the post-operative risks of dislocation and inaccurate leg length. Because the all-metal implant is made from tough, smooth cobalt chrome, it has the potential to last far longer than traditional hip implants.

The results of BHR are impressive and have some clear advantages:

-Less pain
-Quicker recovery
-Ideal for active people under 60
-95% of BHR implants still functioning for over 15 years
-Risk & complications are minimal compared to total hip replacements
-Lower revision rate and higher longevity

Over a year after the surgery, Gary said, “I feel great. I feel now like I never had hips put in. That’s how good it is. And the range of motion is just the same.” Since a BHR patient’s hip anatomy is more natural, patients enjoy increased stability and range of movement.

Dr. Lopez explains why he has a high success rate with hip resurfacing, “I was trained in England by Dr. Ronan Treacy - the World’s expert and inventor of BHR. Being trained first-hand by Dr. Treacy gives me the insight and knowledge needed to maximize results for patients.”

“Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is a great procedure that I perform regularly at Alexian Brothers which is a top 50 nationally ranked hospital,” Dr. Lopez said. “This makes a big difference when you’re under 60 looking for help with a hip problem. You want to compare experience, training and the hospital when doing your homework for a surgery like this. You also want to talk to people that have had the BHR procedure. I have a long list of patients that are willing to talk about their successful results.”
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Dr. Lopez is supported by a handpicked, specialized staff that has helped him perform over 100 successful Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implants. Many of his BHR patients have been elite level athletes - including a Tour De France cyclist, UFC Fighter and a professional bull-rider - return to competition.

Dr. Lopez believes that interacting and encouraging his patients is a key component to successful Birmingham Hip Resurfacing as well as the other orthopedic surgeries he and his team perform. “We interact with our patients and provide them with unmatched service that goes above and beyond performing a surgery. We work to help patients make the best decision for their orthopedic health.”
Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is an attractive option to support an active lifestyle. BHR has long-term successful outcomes around the globe:
-2009 Australian Registry’s results showed BHR Hip’s success rate at 8 years (95%) is better than all other hip resurfacing implants’ success rates after their 5th year. (1)
-2008 Australian Registry’s study found that hip resurfacing devices outperformed total hip replacement for men under age 55, as well as ages 55-64. (2)
-Great Britain’s Owestry Outcomes Centre’s patient registry revealed BHR Hip’s 10-year success rate of 95.4%, with 98.6% of patients rating their opinion of the experience as “pleased” or “extremely pleased.” (3)
-A study presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2010 Annual Meeting discussed importance of several factors in successful outcomes of hip resurfacing replacements. One factor was prosthesis selection, and it showed that BHR had a significantly lower risk of revision than other hip resurfacing options. (4)

References
(1) Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report. Adelaide: AOA; 2009.
(2) Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry Annual Report. Adelaide: AOA; 2008.
(3) Robinson E, Richardson JB, Khan M. MINIMUM 10 YEAR OUTCOME OF BIRMINGHAM HIP RESURFACING (BHR), A REVIEW OF 518 CASES FROM AN INTERNATIONAL REGISTER. Oswestry outcome centre, Oswestry, UK.
Graves S, De Steiger R, Davidson D, Ryan P, Miller L, Stanford T, Tomkins A. Resurfacing Hip Replacement: Outcomes at 8 years - An analysis of 12,093 primary procedures. Podium presentation # 669. Proceedings of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, New Orleans LA. 2010

ABOUT DR. EUGENE LOPEZ
Dr. Eugene Lopez is board certified and specialty trained in sports medicine and arthritis. He holds an additional board certification in Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Dr. Lopez has over 20 years of experience and has performed in excess of 2000 joint replacements and brought the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ System to the Chicago Area. He graduated from University of Chicago and was exclusively trained for BHR at Priory Hospital in Birmingham, England. In addition to Alexian Brothers Hospital in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Dr. Lopez is on the staff of Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Oak Park, Illinois where he volunteers his arthroscopic reconstruction services to children in need. Dr. Eugene Lopez founded Midwest Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgical Specialists, Ltd. in 1990. His concerned and compassionate staff maintains a family environment where patients feel comfortable and cared for.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Midwest Sports Medicine
901 West Biesterfield Rd.
Suite 300
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
(877) 945-9090
http://www.midwestsportsmed.com

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