Prof. Winter and his team possess many-years experience, which allows performing even the most complicated surgeries with excellent therapeutic results. The innovative minimally invasive techniques of hip arthroplasty have already helped thousands of patients to eliminate the hip problem and to return to normal life.
The Orthopedic department of Friedrichshafen Clinic provides a new way of hip and knee surgery, which is called McMinn's method or Birmingham hip resurfacing. It is a bone-sparing endoprosthesis replacement, which was developed by an English surgeon, Dr.McMinn. More than two hundred thousand McMinn surgeries have been performed with this method all over the world. Prof. DM Winter is one of the most experienced surgeons in Germany, applying this method in different groups of patients. Over the last 8 years he has performed more than 1,000 hip replacement surgeries with excellent, long-term result.
Birmingham hip resurfacing made it possible to forget about pain caused by hip joint arthrosis and return high quality of life to thousands of patients, including worldwide renowned sportsmen. In case of total (complete) hip joint endoprosthesis replacement the femoral head (the ball-and-socket hip joint) is fully replaced with a long nail. As distinct from this, McMinn's hip resurfacing method implies resecting only a few millimeters of thigh bone surface. This procedure is sparing for the bone, as it saves the major part of the joint. The cost of such kind of hip resurfacing lies below €15.000. One week of rehabilitation after the surgery would cost about €5.000 - €8.000.
The surface prosthesis is a gentle prosthetic method, which helps to avoid the trauma of articular tissues. This minimally invasive surgery technique, first used in Germany in 1997, gives an opportunity to save the head of the joint and avoid the extensive removal of the articular surface.
Birmingham resection of the femoral head core is an alternative to a traditional surgery that helps to save the bone for young and active patients. This technique is also used in cases, when Birmingham hip resurfacing method cannot be used.
Birmingham hip resurfacing is usually not indicated for the patients with avascular necrosis, big femoral cystic lesions, or the ones who have anatomic complications, such as hip dysplasia or Calve-Perthes disease. Dr.McMinn has invented another method for such people. This method is called Birmingham femoral head core resection. It allows leaving the bone undamaged. It is an excellent choice for young, active patients. Otherwise they would have to undergo a full hip replacement due to inability to perform hip resurfacing surgery.
As Birmingham hip resurfacing, the procedure of femoral head core resection restores the natural anatomy of the patient and allows keeping an active lifestyle after the surgery.
During this procedure a surgeon eliminates the bone material from the ball-and-socket hip joint (femoral head), therefore removing necrotic part of the bone. The remaining femoral head is prepared to further procedures. It is put into a conic shape, and a proper nail is implanted inside. A proper modular head is adjusted to a nail (corresponding to anatomic features of the patient). Then it is put into the same acetabular cup that is used in hip resurfacing method.
Prof. DM Winter, Head of the orthopedic department, has recently carried out a large-scale research. The aim was to check the possibility of metal ion release into the body of a patient directly after the edoprothesis. There proved to be no differences in metal ion concentration before and after the operation, on condition that the treatment has been carried out correctly.
The hip resurfacing method has been practiced in our clinic in Germany at the highest professional level and we would be glad to help you.