Revision of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing cup: technical notes and the use of a novel technique to overcome unique problems

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ABSTRACT:The number of hip resurfacing procedures performed in the United Kingdom has doubled in the last four years reflecting its popularity among orthopaedic surgeons. Of the available options the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) prosthesis has been the most popular choice in this country. Despite this revision rates have been shown to be higher in the resurfacing group compared to the total hip arthroplasty group particularly in the early postoperative period.Revision of the BHR acetabular component is technically demanding due to several unique design features of this component. We discuss these features and describe a novel reliable and reproducible technique for revision of the BHR cup. (Hip International 2008; 18: 220-3)

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