Non-surgical Alternatives to Hip Resurfacing

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Before deciding on hip resurfacing, your physician may try several non-surgical, conservative measures to relieve the pain and inflammation in your hip.
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Lifestyle Modification

The first alternative to hip replacement involves such lifestyle modification measures as weight loss, avoiding activities involving long periods of standing or walking, and the use of a cane to decrease the stress on the painful hip.
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Exercise and Physical Therapy

Exercise and physical therapy may be prescribed to improve the strength and flexibility of your hip and other lower extremity muscles. Your exercise program may include riding a stationary bike, light weight training and flexibility exercises. An aquatic therapy program is especially effective for the treatment of arthritis since it allows mild resistance while removing weight bearing stresses. For an appropriate exercise program, contact an experienced physical therapist.
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Anti-inflammatory Medications

Arthritis pain is primarily caused by inflammation in the hip joint. Reducing the inflammation of the tissue in the hip can provide temporary relief from pain and may delay surgery.

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) may be prescribed to decrease the inflammation associated with arthritis. A new classification of NSAIDs, called Cox-2 inhibitors, are often very effective in decreasing pain.

In a small number of cases, the doctor may prescribe corticosteroids, such as prednisone or cortisone, if NSAIDs are not effective. However, due to the higher rate of side effects associated with corticosteriods, a physician must closely monitor their use.

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Glucosamine/Chondroitin

Two dietary supplements, Glucosamine and Chondroitin (commonly available in a combined tablet), may decrease the symptoms of hip arthritis. Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulfate are both naturally occurring molecules, and issues associated with both remain under active research. However, it appears that many people taking these nutrition supplements on a regular basis note a decrease in their arthritis symptoms.

There exist a number of non-surgical alternatives to total hip replacement surgery. Such measures as lifestyle modification, exercise and physical therapy, and medication should be implemented before deciding on surgery. If all of these measures have been exhausted and your orthopedist recommends surgical intervention, BIRMINGHAM HIP Resurfacing can be very successful in decreasing pain and greatly improving function.

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For more information about the BHR System, visit:www.BirminghamHipResurfacing.com. *Trademark of Smith & Nephew.
Accepted Insurances

Stephen Raterman, MD, FACS

Accepted Insurances for this Provider

Florida Medical Clinic participates with most major carriers. Please consult your insurance carrier or contact one of our scheduling representatives in our office prior to your appointment to verify our participation status with your insurance plan. This list is subject to change, and is not all inclusive.



Aetna Elect Choice HMO
Aetna Managed Choice PPO
Aetna Medicare HMO
Aetna Medicare PPO
Aetna Open Choice PPO
Aetna Select Choice HMO
American Medical HealthCare - BayCare
AvMed HMO
AvMed PPO
BC Advantage 65
BC Health Options (Blue Care)
BC PPC (PPO)
BC TRAD. (PPS)
BCBS Medicare HMO
BCBS Medicare PPO
BCBS Network Blue (Blue Options)
BCBS Select
Beechstreet (merged with Capp Care)
CCN (Coventry/First Health)
CCN W/C (Coventry/First Health)
CarePlus
Champus (Tricare Standard)
Choice Medical Management
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Citrus Healthcare (Commercial only)
Corvel W/C (Baycare)
Evercare (United)
Evolutions
First Health (Coventry)
Great West HMO (goes thru Cigna)
Great West PPO (goes thru Cigna)
Heritage Summit
Humana HMO Comm
Humana HMO M'Care
Humana PPO
Humana PPO M'Care
Interplan Health Group (Accountable Health)
Island Group Administration
MCM Maxcare
Markel Insurance Co. (St. Leo students only)
Marriott International, Inc. W/C
Medicare
Metra Comp
Multiplan
Private Healthcare System (PHCS)
Provider Select, Inc.
RSKCO
Secure Horizons (United)
SouthCare (Coventry/Health First)
Tricare Prime (HMO) - Humana Military
United Health Care
University Community Health Network
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