Dr. Koen de Smet

Koen De Smet (Feb. 3, 1962)

Koen de Smet 3Dr. Koen De Smet is an orthopaedic & trauma surgeon, specialized in the hip resurfacing method and regarded one of the top 10 surgeons in this field in the world.




  • Graduated in Medicine in 1989 from the University of Ghent, Belgium
  • 1986-1987: research-assistant at the Orthopedic and Traumatologic Department of the Ghent St.Vincentius Hospital, Belgium
  • 1989-1990: General Surgery at the Rotherham District General Hospital, United Kingdom
  • 1990-1992: General Surgery at the St Jozef Hospital, Gentbrugge, Belgium 1992-1993: Orthopedics Heilig-Hart-Hospital,Tienen, Belgium
  • 1993-1995: Orthopedics and Traumatology University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium


  • Dr. De Smet is staff member of the General Hospital Jan Palfijn of Ghent and Director of the ANCA-Clinic
  • Expert domains:
  • Hip surgery: Hip Resurfacing, Total Hip Replacement and Revision Hip Surgery
  • Achievements:
  • Dr. De Smet reached 10.000 hip surgeries (primary and revision) in February 2018 of which half are hip resurfacing procedures
  • General:
  • Dr. De Smet is author/co-author of numerous scientific papers, has organized several international congresses on hip resurfacing and acts as a highly qualified training centre[hr]

Koen De Smet, MD

AMCKoen de Smet
Anca Medical Center Gent
Xavier De Cocklaan 68.1
9831 St.Martens Latem (Deurle)

Phone: +3292525903
Website: www.hip-clinic.com

Ancaclinic Rome
Valle Giulia ROMA Italy



Extra information: Dr. De Smet uses different hip resurfacing prostheses under which BHR, Conserve Plus, followed by THR with large ceramic heads.


  • Gabor Kemeny

    My wife needs hip resurfacing surgery. We have friends who received the resurfacing with Dr De Smet and interested in learning about the current location, cost and other considerations. We can provide the X-rays for initial evaluation. Please let us know the next steps.

  • Kenneth Powers

    I read that Dr De Smet is part of the group of sergeons doing the ReCerf ceramic on ceramic reserfacing. This is the only joint that I would want inside me if I fit the profile. That said, I am just about 60, and would like to play competitive basketball again with 24 year old college students. Let me know the approximate cost to be included in this study. Thanks, Ken

  • Anders Kihlberg

    My name is Anders Kihlberg. I am an active 59 year old, non smoking, man that plays tennis, run, play hockey and golf, In the winter I ski and swim to stay fit I practice at least 3-4 times a week. Since a few years back I have an issue with my right hip. I have pain getting up every morning and I have to do excercises to get going. I have a hard time getting my socks and shoes on.

    I am intrested in a resurfacing operation because I have heard that you can keep sporting like I do now some time after the operation. In Sweden they do not perform this kind of operation.

    I have x-rays proving the issue…

    Best Regards

    Anders Kihlberg

  • Martin Phillips

    Good evening and a welcome from Martin, here in England.
    I am awaiting a hip operation here in Nottingham.
    My consultant is Andrew Manktelow, who you may well know
    and I have been seeing Andrew for a number of years now.
    My first x-ray indicating the start of oseoarthritis of the left hip was taken 3 years ago.
    I am a very fit man in my early 60s and an international athlete.
    My preference is for a recerf ceramic resurfacing operation,
    which will allow me to run again eventually I hope, after recovery from the operation.
    I was told in ealy June this year to expect an operation in August.
    I have had my pre-op and been passed fit for an operation
    and have had a recent x-ray, in July 2021
    Alas since all covid restrictions have been lifted the hospitals
    are now full again with covid patients, and all elective surgery including
    hip operations have been cancelled until further notice.
    Because of my smaller statue I would prefer a ceramic rather than a metal resurfacing operation.
    My question to you is this an operation that can be done in Belgium for me please?

  • Scott Woods

    Hi, I’m a 34 male with FAI and resultant arthritis in both hips. Am very interested in having resurfacing on both but have been advised I’m slightly too small to have a standard resurfacing and would love to go the ceramic route if possible. Declined a THR last year in search of this prospect. Any help most appreciated.

  • Alex Ziegenbein


    I am a 34 year old male with CAM impingement and significant osteo-arthritis. I have received mixed advise on whether a arthroscopic surgery for the impingement holds any promise and would therefore like to explore/discuss the possiblity of resurfacing. Any help would be very much appreciated.

    Best wishes,

  • Lorraine Wilkinson

    I am interested In having the hip resurfacing if possible. I am an active long distance ultra runner and woukd like to still run long distance. If having the resurfacing for females ehat is the outcome long term. How many issues do you have with female patients and what problems are tgere. My head of the femur is 48.5 mm will that be a problem and do you have smaller implants for female’s. My Dr spoke with Dr James Makenzie and he was positive about me having the resurfacing done. What is the cost of private hip resurfacing and where is the surgery done. What are the stats for your female patients with good outcomes V with problems post op. Everything I read about females having resurfacing has not been positive can you tell me how your resurfacing procedure is different. How long does the resurfacing ladt before having to get a THR.

  • Johnny C

    I would like information on having a hip resurfacing. I have osteoarthritis and am in a lot of pain.

  • Claudia Corapi

    Good morning Dr. De Smet.
    I’ve been suffering with my right hip since 2020.
    I am an ex-ballerina and I am 34 years old. From the recent MRI and RX done, the cartilage and the labrum are both damaged.
    I’ve seen already 5 specialists between Italy and Luxembourg, and they all told me the only thing they can try is an arthroscopy (with less than 50% chances) and eventually cortisone infiltration.
    Any help would be very much appreciated.

  • Laverne Kamieniecki

    Don’t know if this is the right site but Dr De Smet did a Birmingham Hip Resurfacing back in 2007. Could you please send me a email address so I can contact your office Thanks Laverne Kamieniecki i

  • Ekaterina Gibiansky

    I am an active 62 years old female with osteoarthritis of the left hip. I would like to explore the possibility of having hip resurfacing surgery with Dr De Smet. Please let me know how to proceed.
    Thank you

  • Lisa micklewright

    I’m looking for some help , my 17 year old has been told he has to have a hip replacement, he is extremely active so I’m looking at getting him the best help I can , could you please give me some info on prices ect , Thankyou .

  • Audrius

    Hello, Dr. De Smet,
    I would like some information about hip resurfacing. Had MRI and was advised a hip replacement. Heard many good words about you from my friends that you helped.
    Regards Audrius

  • Mariusz Rokoszak

    Hello, I would like to know, does Dr. De Smet uses MoM (Adept) prosthetics smaller than 48mm?

  • Ron van Mierlo

    Hello Mariusz,
    You should never try to play doctor and determine something even before the specialist with the knowledge has decided what the situation requires. So see my complete answer in the separate email message, regards Ron

  • JL


    I am a 29 year old woman who suffers with FAI, labral tears & cartilage damage. I have had arthroscopy with little to no relief. I am a very active person and very athletic. I am a serving member of the Military and fear I will loose my career if this continues. I am in a lot of pain daily and I am interested in the crematic resurfacing.

    Thank you



    I am a 51 year old active woman who suffers the last three years with a strong hip pain in my right side.
    The last x-ray in Sept, indicating the start of osteoarthritis. I am a sports lover and I wish to continue my athletic life. I am a friend of Nikos Konstantinidis who told me that he is very happy with the resurfacing surgery with Dr. Koen de Smet.
    Can you send me the next steps, please?
    Thank you in advance

  • Matthias

    Hello, just a note:
    I am now 62 years old and have have a near problem-free Adept surface prosthesis on the right for 15 years.
    I have been familiar with Koen de Smet’s work since that time 15 years ago and have now also had an Adept surface replacement prosthesis implanted by Koen (since December 2023) on the left MoM.

    The decision to fly to Ghent to see Koen was certainly one of the best and most important decisions I made. The experience I had in Ghent was exceptionally good and excellent in every way (professionally as well as personally); and far surpassed the experience I had in Germany (but also in Switzerland) even at the already highly professional and specialized centers before.
    would not have believed before that there could still be so significant differences due to this highly professional team in Ghent in comparison. I would not have believed before that there could still be so significant differences international due to this highly professional team in Ghent with Koen in comparison.

    Thanks also to surfacehippy Patricia Walter where I started my intensive search for a solution 15 years ago as a competitive athlete with hip problems at that time, I am writing this not only as a patient, but professionally trained in musculoskeletal imaging also with a focus on hips triggered by the problems I had 15 years ago.

    THANK YOU Koen and the whole team! Matthias

  • Joost Hettinga

    Hello Dr de Smet, my 18 year old son probably needs a hip surgery. In The Netherlands they do not perform resurfacing hip surgery and reading about it I do not understand this especially with very young patient. Can you provide me information please?

  • Christian Annarumma


    I have been part of prof Cobb clinical trial for H1 and been operated successfully three years ago for my right hip. My left hip is now needing surgery and the h1 hasn’t still been approved in UK so was wondering if I could be operated with ReCerf by Dr Koen de Smet. Would you be able to let me know about cost and availability?
    Many thanks. Christian

  • Sergio

    Dear Dr De Smet,
    I am a 38 yo with advanced OA in both my hips. I have played football my entire life almost professionally and that might be one of the reasons. 5 years ago a doctor recommended me to stop and since then i do no impact sports. 2 months ago I played a tennis paddle game with friends and I did not feel any pain while practising however after that day I suffered hip pain for 3 weeks.
    I would like to share with you the latest MRIs and X-rays and discuss whether I should go for bilateral Hip resurfacing.
    Many thanks for your help.

  • Ayah Lensford

    I urgently would like to send records to Dr Smet’s office, I need hip resurfacing on my left hip. I am thankful I found this site. Please contact me as soon as possible to go forward.

    Ayah Lensford

  • Umair

    Dear All,

    Hope you are all fine and doing well?
    I had an accident on 11th Jan 2023 and because of this my neck of femur is dislocated.
    After surgery, my leg length is 1 inch shorter and I can’t walk properly and having lamping. My country’s doctor advising me to go to for THR and HIP resurfacing from aboard. Please suggest which one is the best available option for me.

    Thank you

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