Hip Resurfacing Alternative to THR

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 Questions to Ask Your Doctor.

Surface Hippy is not financially controlled by any medical companies, doctors or hospitals. Patricia maintains the website and adds information daily. The website is a collection of information to help people learn about hip resurfacing. Surface Hippy is a patient to patient resource.

Many hip resurfacing patients have provided their personal Hip Stories so perspective patients can learn from their experiences. They explain why they chose hip resurfacing, their surgeries, the hip resurfacing device they received, what surgeon they chose, their hospital experiences and their recoveries. Many hip resurfacing patients return to the sports they love – read their stories here – Athletes Stories

If you are a first time visitor to Surface Hippy the Visitor’s Guide will help you start to learn about hip resurfacing. Learn about the difference between Hip Resurfacing and a THR.

Hip Resurfacing advantages versus Total Hip Replacement Illustration by Patricia Walter


Patricia Walter Introduction to Hip Resurfacing from Surface Hippy Videos on Vimeo

Guidelines to Follow-Up MOM Devices Not Cost Effective

Original Article Here

A new study about adverse reactions to metal debris after Metal on Metal THR and Hip Resurfacing shows the current follow-up guidelines worldwide are not cost effective or evidence-based.

The follow-up guidelines for metal-on-metal (MoM) hip arthroplasty and hip resurfacing from five worldwide authorities worldwide, including the U.K. were included.

Findings showed large differences between cost per patients. U.S. costs were three-times more than MHRA costs…

…Australia vs. U.S. and Canada guidelines were about six-times more costly for asymptomatic patients.

Diyna’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. Fowble 2015

Published on Jul 24, 2015

Diyna has always been strong. Extreme hip pain got to be too much – even for her. She underwent hip resurfacing, a bone-conserving procedure that makes it possible for young, active patients to continue doing what they love. Now Diyna never skips a workout.

Sign McMinn Petittion for Reversal of BHR Withdrawal

Sign McMinn Center Petition to Smith & Nephew PLC: Reversal of decision to withdraw Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implants for women by clicking on link below:

Click Here to Sign Petition

The McMinn Centre has been overwhelmed by contact from concerned male and female patients who are devastated by Smith & Nephew’s decision and its implications. Many of our female patients have stated that after successful BHR surgery with Mr McMinn, they were planning to have the same operation on their other hip when it became necessary. Now this is not possible due to Smith & Nephew’s life-changing decision. read more

Juno’s 2 Year Update

September 24, 2015

I just wanted to check in and show my recent yoga photo. I’ve come so far in the past two years and most can’t believe I am a bilateral hip patient. I recently completed my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. My ROM and flexibility is really great and is getting better every day. I see constant improvement!! In this photo I am hopeful one day the hands will grasp the foot….just need a little more openness in the hips and to lengthen the psoas a bit more.
So glad to have my life back!! Getting my hips done was the best thing I’ve done for myself.

Read Juno’s Complete Story Here