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New hope for patients needing hip replacement

Baptist Health South Florida treats over 12,000 international patients a year through its international center.
Baptist Health South Florida treats over 12,000 international patients a year through its international center.

In the past, the hospitals at Baptist Health heave pioneered partial knee, ankle and even big toe replacements. Now, patients who were anxiously waiting for the arrival of the new hip replacement technology, are seeing their dreams come true.

There is a new procedure and the impact has been revolutionary: Now patients don't have to suffer unbearable hip pain waiting for total replacement until recently the only option to osteoarthritis or arthritis.

The new partial hip replacement technique works by covering the head of the femur with a metal helmet and by placing a sheet of metal on the pelvis' cupola. This allows the patient to preserve a large part of bone mass which is generally lost during a traditional surgery.

The procedure is especially suitable for patients younger than 65, who have an active lifestyle. Active people are at greater risk of suffering lesions that would be harder to repair had they already lost a considerable section of bone required with total hip replacement.

Baptist Hospital of Miami is one of the few medical centers in the region that performs partial hip replacements.

Baptist Health South Florida treats over 12,000 international patients a year through its international center, Baptist Health International Center of Miami. Its multilingual staff is specially trained to personally assist with your medical and travel needs. Services include: 24-hour emergency on-call services, coordination of hospital, physician and diagnostic appointments, assistance with travel arrangements, including scheduling of transportation to and from the airport and accommodations at nearby hotels that offer special discount rates.

For more information please call 786-596-2373 or by email.

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