Hip Resurfacing is very near and dear to my heart and left hip. I believe it is a wonderful alternative to a total hip replacement, if you are a suitable candidate. People with painful hips want to begin living an active life again without pain. They don’t want restrictions to their favorite sports and activities. Hip Resurfacing offers that opportunity to return to a normal active life without the fear of dislocation and other THR restrictions. Hip Resurfacing is also bone conserving. If a revision would be necessary, you have a complete femur bone left for surgery. Those two basic reasons are why I believe in hip resurfacing and have a left resurfaced hip with a BHR (Birmingham Hip Resurfacing).
I was very fortunate to meet a local man in my town that had a hip resurfacing with Dr. Amstutz in CA. He told me about the procedure. When I was searching for information about hip resurfacing, there was very little available in 2005. The Yahoo Hip Resurfacing Discussion Group was about the only resource. I wanted to share information about hip resurfacing to help people learn there is an alternative to a THR. I started the Surface Hippy website as a source of hip resurfacing information in 2005. The website continues to grow. It features articles about hip resurfacing, hundreds and hundreds of patient stories, frequently asked questions and surgeon information. The website is a resource for perspective patients to learn about hip resurfacing.
I also wrote a book about my experience Belgium and my BHR by Patricia Walter to help people learn more about the surgery experience.
I work on the website every day as a full time job. It has grown and changed over the years. Last summer (2015) I updated it to a WordPress website that is now mobile responsive for phones, tablets and laptops. About 1000+ visitors a day use the Surface Hippy Website. A large discussion group called Hip Talk has 4500+ members and is very active. Over a thousand personal stories are shared in the Personal Stories Section.
I often receive Thank You Notes for my efforts and donations to help support the website. I appreciate everyone’s kinds words and generous gifts. I will continue to improve the website and add information.