After a one month delay I have scheduled my Direct Anterior RTHR for June 14th. I've been helping my father recover from prostate cancer and surgery and am now trying to transition back to my hips. I must say I feel like a condemned man. I've not only not been able to lose the 20 lbs my doc wanted me to but have actually gained 10 since my initial visit. If I do some hardcore low carb dieting the next month I might lose 15-20, we'll see. But really, I'm starting to confront those things about the surgery that seem really unsettling. Just when you think you get a handle on the information you think you need to know, something else comes up. Like, for example, maybe I should try to get a OS that does computer-assisted navigation? Also, the anesthesia, I've heard so many conflicting accounts of the experience I don't know what to expect or what the variables are in order to make an informed decision. I was resigned to not go full general anesthesia and do a spinal or epideral, but one person says, "oh yeah, it was nothing, I just rolled over and thats the last thing i remember". And another person, like a friend of mine who had knee surgery a couple years ago says, "they dug around my back for 20 minutes and the pain was worse than childbirth!, Definitely go general anesthesia!" Are you kidding me? What am I missing here, what accounts for such varying experiences? Also, does someone have to be fully awake and alert while the needle/catheter is inserted or can one somehow be anesthetized or sedated beforehand? Any help on these most troubling concerns would be highly appreciated.