A Texas hospital is among the first in the nation to offer a unique hip surgery that provides an alternative to total hip replacement. Orthopedic surgeon Randall Schultz performed the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) surgery at Seton Medical Center Austin in November 2006.
The hip resurfacing technique conserves bone by shaving and capping a few centimeters of bone within the joint. This is important for younger patients, who could face a lifetime of revision surgeries without this innovation, according to Schultz.
"I see hip resurfacing as the ideal solution for many of my young, active patients who suffer from hip pain," said Schultz. "As my patients are getting younger and younger and are staying physically active much later in life, I've needed an alternative to total hip replacement that accommodates their age and lifestyle.":
The Birmingham Hip implant is ideal for patients under age 60 who live active lifestyles. Patients benefit from returning to physical activity after the surgery since the implant is more stable and potentially lasts longer than traditional total hip replacements. The hip resurfacing surgery also helps prevent future hip dislocations and other complications.
Electric vehicles that cost a penny or two a mile to power may sound like a distant dream, but according to Ian Clifford, CEO of ZENN Motor Co., the technology could be available as early as 2007. ZENN has purchased an exclusive worldwide license for a new energy storage unit being developed by a Texas company, EEStor, to use in mid-sized, five-passenger and smaller vehicles.
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