Around this time Mr McMinn had designed and begun using a new, short-stemmed hip replacement, the Birmingham Mid Head Resection (BMHR), which is particularly suitable for patients with damaged or deformed femoral head bone. Mr McMinn designed the BMHR for those patients who would otherwise only have the option of a total hip replacement. The BMHR procedure is also bone-conserving, restores the natural anatomy of the patient and allows patients to be active following surgery. Martin was delighted by this new option and booked himself in for surgery, "I knew Mr McMinn was a very experienced hip surgeon and that put me at ease to go with the treatment".
During the BMHR operation, the femoral head (ball joint) is resected through the middle, thereby removing the diseased or necrotic bone. The remaining femoral head and neck are then prepared into a conical shape and a matching stem is tapped into place (without the need for cement or screws). The stem is fitted with a large diameter modular head, closely matching the patients' natural anatomy. The femoral head component fits into the same acetabular cup as used for a BHR.
Following surgery, Martin quickly returned to his normal container house
, pain free life, "I was able to get back to work in 3 or 4 weeks and I was right as rain. It can get extremely busy and we've got three flights of stairs to go up and down!" Like all Mr McMinn's BMHR patients, Martin is modular house
thrilled with his outcome, "I've been pain-free and extremely active since my surgery. I've been able to get back into my walking - I can now comfortably walk any distance. And I can play badminton again!" The BMHR has been in clinical use since 2003 and is showing excellent medium-term results.