Welcome to Surface Hippy

The Surface Hippy Website was conceived and designed by Patricia Walter. Patricia had her hip resurfaced in March 2006 with Dr. De Smet of Belgium. She felt there was a need for a website to help people learn about hip resurfacing. She knew first hand that it was a wonderful solution for a hip replacement and wanted to help others learn about hip resurfacing. Visit Pat’s Corner to read her informative articles about hip resurfacing including How to Choose A Doctor  and Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

Surface Hippy is not … Read the rest

5 Year Anniversary for Sean’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Gross 2011

Read Sean’s Full Story Here

February 7, 2016

I have been a less frequent visitor to this site – mostly because my hip is no longer a problem and I am busy enjoying life!

I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. Gross back in February of 2011.

My story – condensed version. My hip began to *barely* hurt in my late 20s / early 30s. It was a nuisance but not a problem. By my mid 30s it was clearly a problem and I had to stop a lot of activites I enjoyed, but I just dealt with it and basically adapted to my limitations. It happened so slowly that I really didn’t realize how limited I had become. … Read the rest

Polymotion Hip Resurfacing Device by Mr. McMinn 2015

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The Polymotion Hip Resurfacing device is an allergy-free device that uses a 3mm-thick cup made with a material known as cross-linked polyethylene, one of the toughest plastics in existence.


Traditional metal-on-metal hip resurfacing uses cobalt chromium alloy, explains Mr Derek McMinn, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at BMI Edgbaston Hospital in Birmingham, who developed the new procedure.

‘Metal reactions vary in severity, but in the worst cases can lead to necrosis [death] of surrounding hip muscle and permanent disability for the patient,’ he said.

Another benefit of the capping procedure is that less bone is removed, in contrast to total hip replacements when the femoral head (ball joint of the hip) is replaced by a stemmed device … Read the rest

Steve H’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Barba 2015

February 5, 2015 My husband was recently released from Dr. Barba. He is exercising, camping and even cut down a small tree. It is really great to see him pain free and active again. The experience with Dr Barba could not have been better. I would have no issue referring others to him and his staff. Read More Here  … Read the rest

Toby’s 6 year old Hip Resurfacing

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January 31, 2016

My fantastic HR was six years old yesterday. I celebrated with a 20k bike ride followed by a 2k swim – rainy day so I’m off to Hampstead Heath for one hour mixed walk/ run.

Time of year again to thank Pat and the other pioneers of HR.

Cheers, Toby

Ps Saw my surgeon last year for X-rays and bloods and his protocol is next check up at 10 year mark… Read the rest