In an interview, Dr. Rudiger spoke to the Swiss newspaper Blick about Andy Murray coming back to competition on the tennis tour. Rudiger warned that Murray may pay the price for all the effort he is making after multiple hip surgeries in the future: “To be honest: I would not have thought such a thing possible.
For me it was a mission impossible to reach such a level with an artificial hip again. But Murray is also taking a high risk," said Dr. Rudiger. “The operation is known as ‘Birmingham Hip Resurfacing’. In the implanted prosthesis, two metal surfaces rub against each other.
Ten years ago, this method was already used in Switzerland - often with catastrophic consequences. The hips had to be replaced much faster than with the conventional surgeries - such procedures damage the body sustainably”.
Rudiger added: “The stop-and-go movements are extremely damaging, the more so at the professional level. The hips had to be replaced much faster than with the conventional surgeries - such procedures damage the body sustainably.
It comes to the fact that the abrasion of the plates can lead to cobalt poisoning in the blood. The bones can be attacked, also nerve and visual damage are possible." The former world No. 135 Julien Varlet, who was forced to end his career due to a hip injury, spoke about Andy Murray coming back to competition after two surgeries.
"It's a big risk. He is taking the risk of breaking his hip. Then, he is a former world No. 1, he is very well surrounded and medicine is progressing... But for me at some point, he will need to have a complete prosthesis."