There are several conventional total hip replacement systems that have been proven to work well in elderly inactive patients. In that age group, which forms the vast majority of hip arthroplasty procedures, the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is neither indicated nor desirable on account of osteoporosis and the risk of femoral neck fracture.
In the young and active patient population, conventional total hip replacement has proven to function poorly with patients invariably requiring multiple revision surgery during their lifetime. It is in the younger and more active patients that the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing is indicated.
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