Bronson Battle Creek offering seminar on osteoarthritis hip resurfacing


January 13, 2014

If you suffer from osteroarthristis hip pain, you're not alone. Each year, millions of people visit their doctors because of it.  The usual treatment has been hip replacement, but now there is a good alternative to total hip replacement for many.  It is called hip resurfacing.

Dr. Joseph Burkhardt, a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon at Bronson Battle Creek (BBC) will offer an interactive discussion on Thursday, February 6, from 6 - 7 p.m. about what options you have for osteoarthritis hip resurfacing.  The seminar will be held in the BCC Outpatient Center.  Registration is at 5:45 p.m.  Please use the Emmett Street entrance and park in the OPC green lot #4.

Even though the seminar is free, seating is limited so reservations are needed.  To reserve your place, call (800) 451-6310 or sign-up online at

Dr. Burkhardt will discuss the various aspects related to osteoarthritis such as potential causes, and the various treatment options a person can explore.

Osteoarthritis of the hip is a disease, which wears away the cartilage between the femoral head and the acetabulum, eventually causing the two bones to scrape against each other, raw bone on raw bone. When this happens, the joint becomes pitted, eroded and uneven. The result is pain, stiffness and instability, and in some cases, motion of the leg may be greatly restricted.

Hip resurfacing is a type of hip replacement, which replaces the two surfaces of the hip joint.  The procedure is very bone conserving as the head of the femur is retained.  Instead of removing the head completely, it is shaped to accept an anatomically sized metal sphere.  There is no large stem to go down the central part of the femur and the surface of the acetabulum (the socket) is also replaced with a metal implant, which is press fitted directly into the bone.

Other benefits include a short hospital stay of just a few days, a smaller incision, and treating only the damaged or arthritic parts of the hip rather than replacing the entire hip.

If your doctor has suggested you may need surgery to due to hip pain from arthritis, ask if you might be a candidate for resurfacing.

Join Dr. Burkhardt, learn the various approaches to reduce pain for those suffering from osteoarthritis and hip pain.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have designated Bronson Battle Creek as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement.  The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care. 

For more information about the Bronson Battle Creek Orthopaedic Renewal Center programs, talk with your healthcare provider or call Tracy Barnes, RN at (269) 245-5944.  Or you can visit to learn about the ORC and view educational videos on hip and knee replacements.