Many of you know that a hip
prostheses was designed to mimic the
ball-and-socket action of your hip joint.
Cemented implants are held in place with
bone cement. What you probably don't know is
back in the late 1800's the first one was
designed and forged by a Blacksmith!! Yes, a
Blacksmith. While I am unable to show proof
positive, the facts are that I have spent
untold hours researching this .
Consequently, I am almost sure that this is
correct. Awhile back I was in a conversation
with two doctor friends of mine, both are in
the orthopedic field (Bone Specialists).
After our short conversation
I forged three of these in my Smithy. (The
top one in the picture) (The bottom one in
the picture is factory made) I have one, I
sent one to Dr. Boone Brackett in Chicago,
Illinois and one to Dr. Jack Henry in
Lubbock, Texas. Dr. Henry, I think,
installed the one I gave him in the hip of a
friend of mine from Muleshoe, Texas. One
Charles Flowers, I think.
There are many advantages to
the prosthesis I made from some 1018 mild
steel. The biggest ?, you guessed it, rust !
The rust will help it adhere to the bone !
Hence no cement. The proof of this will be
when I am able to get Mr. Flowers to Chicago
and convince Dr. Brackett to use his knife
and look at the surgery that was done by Dr.
Henry, I think we will see the rust. This is
long but very important to the Medical
R.G. Box (Owner of Pecanderosa Forge)