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Double Hip Replacement Candidate Seeks Out Danbury Hospital

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - Danbury, CT

Sanjay Gupta

Pottery, tiles and counters, ceramic has always been one of the most durable materials for modern home renovations. Now, Danbury Hospital has taken this concept into the medical arena by using ceramic as a replacement for traditional hip implants. Specifically, Dr. Sanjay Gupta of the Center for Advanced Orthopedic Care at Danbury Hospital has performed one of the few ceramic on ceramic hip replacement procedures on David Bunnell, a 53-year old custodian at Trumbull High School.

“David is an ideal candidate for a ceramic hip replacement due to the fact that he is a relatively young and active man, and is quite concerned about the possibility of early revision surgery due to wear,” said Dr. Gupta, co-director of Danbury Hospital’s Total Joint Replacement Program. ”The traditional polyethylene and metal hip prosthetics have a much higher rate of wear than ceramic since ceramic is second only to diamonds in strength and durability. This ensures minimal deterioration, allowing David’s hip to last 15-30 years, while he remains active both professionally and personally.”

Benefits of Ceramic Implants

Dr. Gupta notes that one of the most common long-term problems with hip replacements is the wear that takes place through normal use. Over time, the body may see polyethylene and metal wear particles as invaders and possible foreign bodies. As the body starts to attack them, this leads to osteolysis, a dissolving of the bone around the prosthesis and joint inflammation, which may result in the need to replace the implant with revision surgery.

“Even though both of my hips had been uncomfortable for a while, I kept putting off the notion of needing surgery,” said David Bunnell, a Monroe resident. “When I realized how painful it was to perform the daily physical duties demanded by my job, I knew it was time to do something about it!”

“Ceramic on ceramic implants provide excellent lubrication between the ball and socket,” adds Dr. Gupta. “This, coupled with the hardness of the ceramic, allows for the least amount of wear compared to any other hip bearing.”

Dr. Gupta notes that durability is not the only benefit of ceramic hip replacement. Metal wear particles produced from metal on metal hip replacement surgeries can cause an allergic reaction in the patient, thus causing a complete rejection of the implant entirely. Ceramic wear particles do not have this risk.

“What’s more, ceramic hips offer bigger diameter ball sizing options than traditional metal on plastic implants, thus reducing the chances of the ball coming out of the socket,” adds Dr. Gupta.

Finding hope at Danbury Hospital

Bunnell had thoroughly investigated hospitals in lower Fairfield County before deciding on Danbury Hospital for the surgery.

“Not only did Dr. Gupta’s impeccable reputation in the world of hip replacement and hip resurfacing attract me to Danbury Hospital, but also, the fact that I would be receiving world-class treatment and rehabilitation in an advanced medical facility close to my suburban home,” he adds.

How is ceramic hip replacement performed?

Bunnell’s ceramic on ceramic hip replacement surgery consisted of Dr. Gupta:

  • Approaching the hip with minimal cutting of the smallest hip muscles
  • Removing the damaged bone head
  • Inserting a titanium cup with a ceramic bearing in Bunnell’s hip socket
  • Adding a ceramic femoral head over a pin in the thigh bone

Sound body and mind

Physical advances aside, perhaps the most important outcome of ceramic hip replacement is the mental comfort in knowing that the patient’s quality of life will improve.

“Not only am I completely pain free, but there is great reassurance in knowing that my hips are one less thing I need to worry about in terms of longevity for the rest of my life,” concludes Bunnell, who has had both hips replaced within the past month. “I’m looking forward to doing all the things I couldn’t do the past few years again. I just can’t wait to get on my bike or do my gardening without pain!”

About Danbury Hospital

Danbury Hospital is a 371-bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital associated with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, the Yale University School of Medicine, the Connecticut School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center. The hospital provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedics, digestive disorders, radiology and diagnostic imaging. It also offers specialized programs for sleep disorders and asthma management. Medical staff members are board-certified in their specialties, and most serve on the faculty of the nation’s finest medical centers offering a higher level of experience.

The Danbury Hospital Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care remains one of the few facilities in the state to offer surgical treatment of spinal deformities including adolescent scoliosis. Teams of board-certified orthopedic specialists have adopted proven, minimally invasive procedures for orthopedic surgery, meaning less pain, faster recovery, and a higher level of accuracy. It continues to be a leader in clinical outcomes for joint replacement and surgical procedures of the spine.

For more information about the Danbury Hospital Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care, visit our website at, or call 1-800-511-9816.