Surfing After Hip Resurfacing Surgery : Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine

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Surfing After Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Vanlommel, Jan MD*; Goldhofer, Markus MD*; Walter, William L. MD, PhD*,†

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Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine 32(2):p 135-138, March 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/JSM.0000000000000887



There is no information about surfing after hip resurfacing arthroplasty (HRA). We did a retrospective study aiming to evaluate the safety and feasibility to resume surfing—an extreme sport with high-impact physical activity—after HRA.


Retrospective case series.


Specialist Orthopaedic Group, Mater Hospital Sydney, NSW, Australia.


We evaluated 45 patients who practiced surfing before the onset of pain and hip surgery. Complete clinical and radiographical follow-up and a completed questionnaire were available for 37 (82%) patients.


Hip resurfacing arthroplasty.

Main outcome measures: 

Postel-Merle d'Aubigne score, the Oxford hip score, the Harris hip score, and the University of California at Los Angeles activity score. Radiographical evaluation at 6 weeks, 3, and 12 months after surgery and yearly thereafter. Return to surf rates using a specific questionnaire. Complications and failures during follow-up.


All clinical scores improved significantly after HRA. Eight of 37 (22%) patients stopped surfing after their HRA. More than 80% of patients commenced surfing within the first 6 months after surgery. During surfing, 21 patients (72%) were completely pain free.


No literature exists regarding the return to a high-impact sport as surfing after HRA. Most of our patients (71%) were able to return at least to their preoperative level of surfing after surgery. No complications related to this sport activity were observed during short-term follow-up. We believe that surfing is compatible with HRA, but long-term studies are necessary to assess the influence of this extreme sport on loosening and revision rates.

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