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 … Read the rest

Avascular Necrosis AVN by Dr. Nabil Ebraheim

Avascular necrosis or osteonecrosis is the death of a segment of bone due to loss of blood supply. Both bone cells are the bone marrow are affected. AVN is a common cause of hip pain in young and middle aged patients between 35-50 years of age. It occurs more in males. AVN leads to severe degenerative arthritis of the hip joint and accounts for 10% of total hip replacement cases in the United States.… Read the rest

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Tim Bratten’s 4 1/2 Year THR Update

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I’m 4-and-a-half years out on my revision to THR (a la De Smet) and going strong. I would also say that the two year mark was an important dividing line in my recovery from  THR surgery. After that point I never had to worry again about overexerting myself. In terms of performance, I see very little real difference between the THR and the HR. Maybe in some very subtle ways the HR excells a bit but both serve quite well up to this point.… Read the rest

4 Year THR Anniversary with Mr. Treacy 2012

8/8/2016   I haven’t posted on here for a while but I’m usually lurking in the background about once a week seeing what’s happening.

It’s 4 years today that I got my THR from Ronan Treacey at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham. I wanted a HR  but unfortunately was not a candidate due to childhood hip issues ( slipped femoral epiphysis), so I got an Oxinium/poly THR.

At the time, it was something I struggled to accept as although Mr Treacey told me I was 70/ 30 against being able to have HR, I only ever considered that option- a … Read the rest

Smith & Nephew Awarded Summary Judgement in BHR Case

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August 1, 2016  A Wisconsin federal judge has awarded Smith & Nephew Inc. summary judgment in a case involving its Birmingham Hip Resurfacing implant, finding the plaintiffs failed to present expert testimony that the device was defective.

What is a Summary Judgement:

A final decision by a judge, upon a party’s motion, that resolves a lawsuit before there is a trial. The party making the motion marshals all the evidence in its favor, compares it to the other side’s evidence, and argues that there are no “triable issues of fact.” Summary judgment is awarded if the … Read the rest

Gasyz Celebrating Birthday with Hip Resurfacing with Mr. Treacy 2015

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July 24, 2016  Birthday boy today, so decided to treat myself to a come back race. Entered in the vets class at The Fast Eddy xc series and came away with a nice 4th place. A very testing and fast 15 minute lap was laid on,comprising of a MX track, fast open fields and a very technical and rough forest. After 2 1/2 hours my knees were shot but my 11 month old BHR was perfect.

Back home now, on the sofa eating birthday cake and no hip pain whatsoever. Still life in the old … Read the rest

Bill’s 8 Year Anniversary on Right BHR with Dr. Brooks 2008

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Celebrated my 8 years on my Left BHR by riding 350 miles on my bicycle.  Rode from Pittsburgh, PA to D.C. in 6 days on the Greater Allegheny Trail and the C & O Trail.  I also have a BHR on my right side which is 3-1/2 years old.

Both hips felt great and preformed well.  My only pain was the blisters on my butt.

It is very important in the long run to keep your weight down, keep stretching and keep exercising. If I let any of these go I will start limping … Read the rest