March/April 2007

St. John’s First in Area to Offer Hip Replacement Alternative

St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Joplin, Mo., is the first hospital in its region to offer a new hip resurfacing procedure as an alternative to hip replacement. The resurfacing procedure covers the hip joint’s surface with an all-metal implant, conserving bone and providing greater stability and range of motion than a total hip replacement. The procedure also reduces the post-operative risks of dislocation and inaccurate leg length. Hip resurfacing is intended for patients who have hip pain due to osteoarthritis, dysplasia or other degenerative joint problems. For more information, contact David Morris of St. John’s at