LITTLE ROCK, AR--(Marketwire - October 22, 2009) - BAPTIST HEALTH now has a new surgical alternative to hip replacement, offering new hope to people who have hip osteoarthritis symptoms and want to return to their active lives. The Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ (BHR) procedure involves reshaping the head of the femur (thigh bone) and capping it with a smooth metal ball, similar to capping a tooth. With a quicker recovery time, the procedure offers an alternative to hip replacement surgery, where the worn bone is cut away and a metal stem is placed inside the femur. The Birmingham Hip implant is intended for patients suffering from hip pain symptoms due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia or avascular necrosis, and for whom total hip replacement may not be appropriate due to their increased level of physical activity. From a recovery standpoint, those who have had the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing procedure generally are out of the hospital sooner and regain mobility faster than those who have traditional hip replacement. At about four weeks, most BHR patients have regained a nearly full range of motion compared to five to six weeks for those who have had a total hip replacement.

Hip resurfacing is the ideal solution for many 40 to 60-year-old active patients who suffer from hip pain and are looking for an alternative to hip replacement. Baby-boomers are changing the way society looks at aging by remaining more active longer than their parents did, and they are demanding that the medical establishment keep pace.

BAPTIST HEALTH's Orthopedic Centers of Excellence, in conjunction with OrthoArkansas in Little Rock, are proud to be able to provide this service, since there are only a handful of orthopedic surgeons in the country who are able to perform the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ procedure that conserves bone, provides greater stability and increases range of motion.

BAPTIST HEALTH is the most comprehensive healthcare system in Arkansas. With more than 175 healthcare locations, BAPTIST HEALTH is committed to delivering "All Our Best" in healthcare to the people of Arkansas.

For more information regarding BAPTIST HEALTH and the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing™ procedure or any BAPTIST HEALTH service, call BAPTIST HEALTH HealthLine at B-A-P-T-I-S-T (227-8478) or 1-888-B-A-P-T-I-S-T, or visit our web site at

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