Early results of primary Birmingham hip resurfacings. An independent prospective study of the first 230 hips

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2005 Mar;87(3):324-9. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.87b3.15556.


We describe the experience with the first consecutive 230 Birmingham hip resurfacings at our centre. At a mean follow-up of three years (25 to 52 months) survivorship was 99.14% with revision in one patient for a loose acetabular component and one death from unrelated causes. One patient developed a fracture of the femoral neck at six weeks which united unremarkably after a period of non-weight-bearing. The Harris hip score improved from a mean of 62.54 (8 to 92) to 97.74 (61 to 100). The mean flexion improved from 91.52 degrees (25 to 140) to 110.41 degrees (80 to 145). Most patients (97%) considered the outcome to be good or excellent. Our preliminary experience with this implant is encouraging and the results are superior to the earlier generation of resurfacings for the same length of follow-up.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement, Hip / methods*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hip Prosthesis*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Prosthesis Failure
  • Reoperation
  • Surgical Wound Infection / etiology
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vascular Diseases / etiology