Patient case study - Hip-resurfacing treatment


Anthony Mundine

I can’t wait to be able to run again, to train like I used to and have strength in my muscles.

Anthony Mundine, a former Australian Rugby league star and world-champion boxer from New South Wales, decided to get the hip-resurfacing treatment he required done at BMI The Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham after his research revealed the consultant surgeon who pioneered the treatment practised in the city.

Anthony was once described by British boxing expert and journalist Steve Bunce as ‘arguably the greatest crossover athlete in boxing history’ after securing the WBAsuper-middleweight title twice and the IBOmiddleweight title, following a prestigious rugby league career.

He had been suffering from a gradual decline in his hip-mobility and a gradual increase in disability over the past eight years and decided it was time to do something about it.

Operating theatreIt was then that his research brought him across Mr Derek McMinn, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the BMI The Edgbaston Hospital.

On choosing to travel 9,500 miles across the globe for the treatment, Anthony said, 'I’d considered going to a surgeon in Australia, and it wouldn’t cost me a cent but, when I started to research hip resurfacing and realised Mr Derek McMinn pioneered this procedure, I gave him a call. I was thrilled to know he could see me so quickly. Knowing the success rate of the operation was so high too was also a big reason.'

With the successful procedure behind him, Anthony, now 41, has decided that he feels comfortable and confident enough to get back in the ring again and add to his impressive record of 54 fights, 47 wins and seven losses, he said, 'I plan to do everything I could do eight years ago. I can’t wait to be able to run again, to train like I used to and have strength in my muscles. Having this pain made me feel really sceptical about my career, but when I’m fully recovered, I plan on fighting again.”

On the treatment itself, Mr Derek McMinn said, 'We used the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) technique to get the best result possible for Anthony. I co-invented BHR 20 years ago and it remains a pioneering treatment to this day, acting as a bone-conserving alternative to total hip replacement arthroplasty. The procedure went extremely well and I feel confident that he will be able to resume his boxing career. I would like to wish Anthony all the very best of luck in the future.'

Mr Derek McMinnOur consultant Mr Derek McMinn comments:

The procedure went extremely well and I feel confident that he will be able to resume his boxing career. I would like to wish Anthony all the very best of luck in the future.

BMI The Edgbaston Hospital provides a wide range of orthopaedic surgery and treatments including, hip resurfacing, knee arthroscopy and spinal surgery. Find out more about the surgery offered at the hospital.