- 10 Year Update Rod Windle’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2007
- 10th Anniversary of my BHR by Patricia Walter Owner/Webmaster
- 11 Year Update Patricia Walter’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2006
- 12 Year Anniversary for Patricia Walter’s BHR by Dr. De Smet March 15, 2006
- 13 Year Update Patricia Walter’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2006
- 18 Month Update Taj’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2016
- 3 Year Update Alan’s Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2004
- 8 Year Anniversary of Pat’s BHR
- Alan Ray Diary of Hip Resurfacing in Belgium LBHR with Dr. De Smet 12/15/2004
- Alan Ray Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2004
- Andriko Hip Resurfacing with Dr. De Smet 2017
- Angy’s Hip Resurfacing Dr. De Smet July
Patricia Walter discusses hip resurfacing and BHR Birmingham Hip Resurfacing she received in 2006 from Dr. De Smet in Belgium. Video recorded March 1, 2008
The first advantage of a hip resurfacing is that the hip device, due to its large size, allows a person to return to any of their favorite activities without restrictions or possibility of a dislocation. The old fashioned total hip replacement devices use a much smaller diameter ball as compared to size of your natural femur bone. The small size of the ball allows a hip to dislocate more easily. The size of the hip resurfacing device is matched very closely to the original size of your hip, so any movements you make are much less likely to cause … Read the rest
I started https://surfacehippy.info in 2005 because I felt people should have information about hip resurfacing. The website has had many updates and design changes, but always provided information and personal stories about hip resurfacing. There have been many changes in hip resurfacing and available devices over the years. The one remaining constant has always been – hip resurfacing is an excellent choice for active people that want to be out of pain and return to their previous activities. The top, experienced hip resurfacing surgeons are still doing hip … Read the rest
September 13, 2018 – I’m happy to report that I LOVE my new hip. I had follow-up xrays which shoed everything looking good, and my non-op hip in perfect shape, as well.
Last year I decided to try racing (I’ve been rowing for 9 years, but not racing, and the pain was unbearable by the end). I’m happy to report that at the end of this month I am going to FISA Worlds in Florida to race SIX times in three days. Kind of crazy.
I still have trouble with my glute medius, which has been down and out for over a decade, but with PT, strength training, and dry needling, it’s coming back. That piece just takes time.
So … Read the rest
May 30, 2018 – So, I rarely think of my hips, but I’m doing a bit of volunteer work that reminds me of how lucky I was 16 years ago when I found Dr. DeSmet. My husband and I both had hip resurfacing in October, 2002 – we were his first husband/wife team – my hip is 45 minutes older than his! Just wanted to let you all know that those hips and the subsquent ones are all working just fine and we are still able to do whatever we want. Amazing. I also want to shout to the wonderful Dr. De Smet who still answers my emails and who has over these 16 years operated on many friends of mine and who has consulted … Read the rest
My BHR is 12 years old. I have not ever had any problems with it or my hip. The real problem is that it is doing great while the rest of my 73 year old body is wishing it could also get an overhaul. LOL
Hip resurfacing is still a great option when you are a good candidate. There are very few problems with hip resurfacing for most people. There are always a few who do, unfortunately, have problems. Fortunately, there are not many.
The top experienced surgeons who have done thousands of hip resurfacings continue to have excellent results. Many other surgeons who did not do a large number of hip resurfacings no longer continue to perform the surgery. It is a difficult surgery … Read the rest
I recently realized that my 10 year anniversary of my hip resurfacing is here! I had my left hip resurfaced by Dr. De Smet in late 2007. About five years ago, I had my metals level checked and sent the results to Dr. De Smet…his reply was that it looked like my hip would be fine for at least 100 more years (metals levels were fine). Since then, I’ve done exactly the same thing with my hip every day: ignore it. My hip feels like it’s always felt since my surgical incision healed, which is that it is an integral and natural part of my body. I am grateful to Dr. DeSmet for giving me my life back. I surf, … Read the rest
2 Year Update December 21, 2017
A much overdue report on my experience with Dr. de Smet and my new right Conserve + hip. I don’t wish to repeat all of the good information already available on this site, but let me say that it has been an invaluable resource and I have referred many locals to it after they have seen my progress in the gym and at at my workplace. I have been going to the same gym for over 20 years and when I showed up post op they thought I’d sprained an ankle or something and were shocked to discover that I had a hip resurfaced . I think this reaffirms the importance of optimal conditioning PRE surgery and early activity … Read the rest
November 29, 2016
I have about a week before my surgery next week. I’m a 49 year old female, born with hip dysplasia. I’m an avid rower and a cyclist and I’ve had bone-on-bone arthritis for at least two years. I was able to ride and row all season, and even got in one of each over the holiday weekend, which I’m happy about.
If it weren’t for this site I’d be having a hip replacement, I’m sure. I’m most looking forward to being able to stand, walk, and sleep without pain. Oddly enough I can row hard and ride hard easier than I can just stand around. The weight bearing is a killer.
December 7, 2016
Everything went well! I ended up with general … Read the rest
Peter Smith Published on Oct 10, 2017
Short discussion about Hip Resurfacing with Dr De Smet, Gent, Belgium.… Read the rest
I had a bilateral done on 29th of April this year Dr DeSmet. After 8 years of suffering I finally got through all the issues of Back pain (2 replacement disc’s) knees issues and numb feet issues and yes burning left hip and weak flexion on the right side (limping) The recent surgery has at this stage only 3 weeks after the surgery changed or fixed 90% of all of that and I can sleep. I am almost off pain killers and have the left leg to sort out right leg seems real good. These get hit rather hard when they get dislocated for surgery.
Interesting Dr DeSmet used the Conserve plus which is not available in the US now due to … Read the rest
Just want to thank everyone involved in my Hip replacement at Anca Medical center. I had high expectations of fast recovery but this is incredible. To try walking with crutches the day after the operation and be able to walk in the city of Gent 4 days after operation was amazing. Today its 8 days since operation and I can walk without crutches. Yesterday me and my new friends took a day tour to Brugge as walking training. I still use crutches for balance.
11 Year Update 3/15/2017 – My BHR is 11 years old today. It is a gift I received from Dr. De Smet from Belgium 11 years ago. I remember the surgery day as if it were yesterday – the day I was out of pain. I have been out of pain and active since then. Never had a problem and just don’t think about my hip. I am 72 now and hoping to live until I am 100 with the same BHR in my left hip! I never regret the day I flew to Belgium to have surgery and would do it again, in a heartbeat. Although we have wonderful, experienced surgeons in the US now, Dr. De Smet is one of the most experienced … Read the rest
December 26, 2016 – Life seems to be a never ending story of learning and trying to achieve certain goals in life – or get back to a normal “you” or to try and fit back into society.
I had my bilateral resurfacing April 2015 and most has gone well. Although I am not fond of the scars and appearance the functionality and pain has changed my life.
Arthritis is not nice stuff and I have many family member given their opinion of my health and lost many friend over what has happened due also to their opinion.
I also lost a fantastic job in which I had passion for. Simple stuff but that’s me……
Been 8 years on crutches … Read the rest