Edward Sparling, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Rebound Orthopedics
An ideal alternative to total joint replacement, hip resurfacing is rising as a top option for relieving joint pain among active baby boomers.
Using smooth metal to cover the hip’s ball and socket, hip resurfacing coats the joint and preserves the bone. This technique provides pain relief for today’s aging but still active 40- and 50-somethings, and it buys some time before traditional joint replacement surgery is needed.
Orthopedic Surgeon Edward Sparling, MD, of Rebound Orthopedics at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, has been resurfacing hips since the earliest clinical trials and is considered to be among the top 10 most experienced hip resurfacing physicians in the U.S.
“Hip resurfacing is a great option for preserving quality of life,” explains Dr. Sparling. “It means relief from joint pain now, and the peace of mind of knowing that there is still an opportunity for a total joint replacement in the future.”
Patients have had great success with traditional hip implants, but the surgery requires removal of a significant amount of bone—making it more difficult to receive a second replacement surgery if the original implant wears out, and artificial joints don’t last forever.
Hip resurfacing requires only a minimal amount of bone removal, and clinical trials in the United States have shown this alternative to be a great fit for the 55 and younger crowd who need relief to maintain their physically active lifestyles but aren’t ready for a total joint replacement.
Published March 2008.