Published: 10 July 2013
Last Updated: 10 July 2013
Created: 10 July 2013
Joan Lindh's BHR Revision to THR by Mr. McMinn 2010
Published on Mar 27, 2013
Joan Lindh had a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR)
operation in 1999. Around ten years later, she underwent revision surgery in
which her BHR was revised to a Total Hip Replacement (THR). Joan maintains
that the BHR gave her 'ten good years' and since the revision has gone back
to leading a normal life.
You can read Joan's story on our website here:
Joan is an active housewife from Surrey who enjoys golf, tennis and cycling.
She struggled for seven years with hip arthritis but, following a BHR with
Mr McMinn in 1999, got back to a highly active, happy lifestyle continuing
to play the sports she loves.
Around 10 years post op, she began experiencing a dull ache in her groin and
travelled back to Birmingham for blood tests with the McMinn clinical team.
They soon discovered Joan had a metal allergy which unfortunately caused a
swelling (or 'pseudotumour') around her hip and some acetabular bone damage.
Joan's body had reacted badly to the normal amounts of metal ions released
by her BHR. And, though the implant had not worn abnormally, the problem
would require revision surgery to correct.
In January 2010 Joan had her BHR revised to a total hip replacement (THR).
She was delighted to get back to normal life quickly and recalls, "I was in
hospital for five days. The wound healed fine. The day after coming home I
cooked supper using one crutch around the kitchen. The following day I went
to the supermarket."
Aware of the sensational press stories surrounding Metal-on-Metal (MoM)
implants, Joan took a positive outlook on her situation. "I've had 10 good
years of my life restored to me," she says. "Ten years ago, had I known that
I would need a revision at this stage I would not have changed a thing. I'd
have gone ahead with the resurfacing operation."
The press have reported severe metal reactions in MoM patients, particularly
those fitted with a failed ASR hip resurfacing. These cases must be put into
perspective, however. For the most part, pseudotumours and metal reactions
are very uncommon in patients with a well-implanted BHR. In Mr McMinn's
series of 3,205 BHRs for example, only 11 patients (0.3%) have suffered MoM
reactions and all are doing well following their revision surgery.
Joan, for instance, even managed to fit in some travelling following her THR.
"We went to New York six weeks after the operation," she says. "We walked
for miles and used the subway a lot. I just didn't give it a second thought
- in fact I was walking better than my husband and my daughter! Two months
after the operation I was back to life as usual."
Since her revision surgery, Joan has managed to get back to playing regular
golf, commenting, "I feel very confident with my new hip; very comfortable.
I've walked for miles and I haven't had any feeling of insecurity with it at
all. It's just very easy."
More on this article:
For a list of FAQs on Pseudotumours, please click here:
For a detailed metal ion Q&A from the McMinn Research Team, please click
For more information on Derek McMinn and the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing