Welcome to Surface Hippy/Hip Resurfacing Website

Hip resurfacing site, an alternative to Total Hip Replacement! Surface Hippy- Hip Resurfacing site was created by a Surface Hippy (a fellow patient) and is here for the global community of Surface Hippies (Hip Resurfacing patients and those considering hip surgery) or alternatives to Total Hip Replacement. This site contains information that will be crucial through your journey to find answers.

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Hip Resurfacing

Why Hip Resurfacing?

Hip Resurfacing is a bone preserving procedure that is a more conservative approach to hip surgery than the conventional Total Hip Replacement (THR). It gets rid of your hip pain but allows you to return to a full active lifestyle with no limitations.

Vicky Marlow

Letter from site founder Vicky Marlow

First let me preface this by saying that everyone is their own best advocate.


About Debbie McCreight

Welcome to the new website! My name is Debbie McCreight and I have been working...

Patient Stories

  • Dave Remington

    Dave Remington

    Surgery treatment by Dr. DeSmet
    Place: Left COC
    Surgery on: 4/30/21

    This is a summary story of a successful effort to return to sport after a tortuous six-year pursuit of a hip resurfacing that began in 2015, all the while I was getting seriously older and in dange...

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  • G Grant

    G Grant

    Surgeon: Dr Su @ HSS
    Place : Left Hip Resurfacing-BHR
    Surgery on : 7/10/20
    Condition: Osteoarthritis/multiple labrum tears/FAI
    Sports: Hockey, running, weightlifting, golf

    Hi Everyone - I wanted to share my hip resurfacing journey for anyone thinking abo...

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  • Nancy


    Surgery Treatment by Dr. Gross
    Place : Right Side Hip
    Surgery on :10/30/17

    I'm a retired firefighter, athlete, world champion mountain bike racer, etc. I had my left hip resurfaced in 2008 by Dr. Ure. It hasn't been the best outcome because the cup was placed to...

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  • Alex


    Surgery Treatment by Dr. DeSmet
    Place : Right Side Hip
    Surgery on : 6/27/19

    I suppose my journey into the world of hip surgery started the same as most everyone else’s. I was doing an activity I loved and started feeling noticeable pain in my leg. I was in ...

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Hip Stories

My name is Wayne Daniels and I have been a professional dancer/teacher/choreographer for more than 18 years. However, in 2004 I began to experience significant pain in my right hip and as the years passed by it became severe to the point that I began to lose flexibility in my body. So I decided to research my options and subsequently there was an article in The New York Times (see below) about Dr. Macaulay and Hip Resurfacing.Read more...

Colin Gittins is the manager of a software department, and a regular football player following his bilateral Birmingham Hip Resurfacings. As a central defender, he regularly takes goal kicks and free kicks when required.Read more...

Spending large sums of money on a dressage schoolmaster is the dream of many dressage riders. Being able to sit in the saddle to enjoy a schoolmaster is a small but important detail to that dream. After spending over 40 years of my life riding, teaching and training, in August of 2007 I found myself unable to put my right leg over the cantle to mount or dismount without extreme pain.Read more...

Our hockey team won the 2009 summer championship in overtime a couple of weeks ago. I had the thrill of playing in this and enjoying the feeling that I helped contribute to the victory. It was our eighth championship and my first after returning from surgery.Read more...

I suffered a grievous injury to my right hip in a cycling accident in 1993. I had 5 stainless steel pins inserted into the femoral head to hold things in place and after an arduous recovery went about my life. That life included working full-time, fathering 3 children, studying for a doctorate, and competing at the world level in triathlons, ultra runs, bicycle races and blue water swims.Read more...

My story is pretty typical, active, bad hip at a young age, at 33 while doing a lot of running developed pain. At doctors advice put it off for almost 15 years, thus deteriorating hip more. Once I could no longer put up with pain started doing research and found Dr. Amstutz.Read more...

I had my C+ device surgery done on 9-9-2009 by Dr De Smet. Reason for me started with restriction of movement, no being able to tie my shoelaces not being able to swim, not being able to stand up from the couch in the evenings and to quickly walk to the fridge, without being very stiff in the lower back.Read more...

M55 Arnie Pollinger of Holliston, Massachusetts, is a rare bird — he runs roads and sprints. Recently, he wrote me: “I realize my running and jumping might not be noteworthy except for the fact that I am doing all this with an artificial hip.” His surgery was in April 2012, and he’s run dozens of distance races since this list began in 1997.Read more...

I was a 5-mile/day runner for 28 years, I ran a ½ marathon with plans to run the full NYC Marathon and I participated in touch football and softball until the age of 42. I was very active for most of my adult life, never thinking that these activities would adversely affect my health. Read more...

Surfing is the essence of life for Dan, 47. The Hawaii resident, native of California and retired biology teacher has been at it for more than 35 years, and is a longtime member of Hawaii's north shore surfing community.Read more...

I started teaching my yoga class 13 days post op! Yes, I stood with my cane for most of it, but I could do side bends, some forward and backward bending and I did in fact teach the class! And I've been at it ever since - taught my first children's class last week...Read more...

Robyn Benincasa is a full time firefighter by profession and she has a full time passion. She is a World Champion Adventure racer that has completed 10 Ironman competitions and 36 "expedition length" adventure races. She has been in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, The New York Times, Hooked on the Outdoors...Read more...

In early 2014 I couldn't walk without limping, everything I did was a chore. I went from being someone who ran 10 miles on Saturdays for fun, and hiked several times a month, to being dropped off out front of the store, because I couldn't walk through the parking lot. I had to give up everything physical that I loved like hiking, yoga, running and walking on the beach.Read more...

Vicky is absolutely right. I am actually one of the people that she is referring to - I not only had revision surgery (my hip dislocated immediately following surgery), I'm now facing another surgery to revise the revision (and that probably means THR).Read more...