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Hip Resurfacing Procedure Offers Patients New Option by Dr. Deveney

Danbury, CT - Fifty-three year-old Eric Heinecke of Brewster, N.Y., recently underwent a hip resurfacing procedure at Danbury Hospital. The lifelong motocross racer was literally in the middle of one of his races when his hip locked up, forcing him to quit the competition. In January, Mr. Heinecke sought out Dr. Robert Deveney, a world-renowned hip resurfacing specialist who trained in joint reconstruction at Columbia University and Emory University, to perform the procedure in January, and in May was back in the driver's seat to win the New York State Championship race.

"Although this procedure was only approved by the FDA in 2006, its popularity is catching on for patients of all backgrounds, ages and activity levels," said Dr. Deveney, co-director of Danbury Hospital's Center for Advanced Orthopedic care with Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

"While the bulk of our patients tend to be younger individuals, hip resurfacing can actually be successfully operated on anyone up to age 65. It is one of the most universal advances to hit our specialty in the past decade."

Hip resurfacing uses a new type of artificial replacement prosthetic that incorporates a high-tech, metal-on-metal construction.
Specifically, the procedure consists of a cobalt chrome metal cap with a high carbide content that is fitted over the top of a patient's hip ball, and an accompanying metal cup of the same material that is placed into the pelvic socket. Instead of grinding bone on bone, the resurfaced hip joint glides with a smooth, natural motion.

In addition to the material used in the actual prosthetic, Dr. Deveney notes that the main difference between traditional hip replacement surgery and hip resurfacing is the way in which the femoral head and neck is preserved.
In the former, the femoral neck and head is removed; in the newer method, the femoral head is simply resurfaced and reshaped, conserving more natural bone for greater strength and durability.

As a result, hip resurfacing reduces the potential need to have multiple re-do surgeries; allows a patient to return to a normal, active lifestyle; has potential to last longer than traditional hip replacement; and reduces chances of subsequent hip dislocation.
Similarly, for Robert Hilerio, a retired New York City police officer who regularly competes in both mountain biking and Judo competitions, the hip resurfacing opportunity came at the perfect time.

"I knew I was delaying the inevitable with my consistent hip pain and in fact, I was ready to undergo total hip replacement surgery this spring," said Mr. Hilerio, a 59-year-old New Windsor, N.Y., resident.

"However, after reading about cyclist Floyd Landis' positive hip resurfacing experience, I knew I had found a better option that would help maintain my physical quality of life, while eliminating the underlying pain."

Hip resurfacing has gained in popularity over the past year because of celebrities like Barry Manilow and sports figures such as Floyd Landis's, who have opted to improve their joint health.

Those seeking additional information about joint replacement may call 1-866- 374-0007 or visit www.danburyhospital.org.