SVMC to Hold Panel on Innovative Hip Treatment


Media Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
09 Sep. 2009
BENNINGTON — Hip pain? Learn more about the innovative Birmingham hip resurfacing technique from a panel of medical experts from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). Join Orthopedic Surgeon Robert Block as he presents on the Birmingham hip technology on Tuesday, Sept. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at SVMC, 100 Hospital Dr., in Conference Room C.
            While conventional hip replacements actually replace both the ball and socket of the hip joint, the Birmingham hip creates a special metal socket and a metal cap that fits over the head of the femur leg bone. More of the patient’s own bone is preserved and the metal on metal joint, made of a durable, high carbide cobalt chrome metal, avoids many of the wear problems normally associated with other types of hip replacements.
            In southern Vermont, Dr. Block and his colleague, Dr. William Ketterer, are the only orthopedic surgeons who are trained in the Birmingham hip technology. The procedure is recommended for younger, more active patients, usually younger than 65 years old. Older people may also be good candidates, but they must be physically active and pass a simple bone quality examination.
            After his presentation, Dr. Block will be joined for a question-and-answer period by Operating Nurses Catherine Fairbanks and Ruth Metcalf; Physical Therapist Kimberly Rivers; and Integrative Therapies Nurse Alice McGovern.
            There is no fee to participate in this panel presentation, but you must pre-register by calling Kim Turner of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Wellness Connection at (802) 447-5076 or by registering online at
The Wellness Connection is a community outreach service of SVHC that offers an ongoing schedule of health forums, classes, and screenings. SVHC is a community-based, not-for-profit charitable organization that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves.

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