Hello, new to the BoneSmart forum (and very appreciative of what I've read so far). I've been waiting on my orthopedic assessment for 8 months and finally have my appointment next week at the Alberta Hip and Knee Clinic to determine if I'm eligible for surgery or just continued physio treatment. I'm curious if anyone is aware of what the evaluation criteria are in Alberta given this is all our wonderful socialized medicine approach. Is it just pain, mobility, age, lifestyle choices? My GP says "I'm too young, they won't give me a new hip because I'll wear it out too soon, etc". But he referred me and now I'm heading in to see if I have to start cashing the cheques (checks) my mouth has been writing about getting a new hip! Becomes a lot more serious when it's a real possibility and not just a future chance. I'm 59, been diagnosed with osteo arthritis in left hip for about 15 months but have been having pain and mobility problems for a couple of years. Once it hit the point of no return where I could barely walk up / down stairs, etc, I finally went to physio and have spent the last 18 months alternating between physio, strength training at the gym with a trainer, home exercising, etc. Dropped 35 pounds and although sad to say, other than my hip, probably in better shape now that I have been for many many years. Silver linings, right? I can now walk, do stairs, live a reasonably normal life but there's lots of things I know I can't do (or do with pain later) - run, ski, play on the floor with grandkids. Thankfully I can still golf but it's actually more painful now as I'm alot stronger so I hit harder and put more stress on that hip! If it's strictly about pain, I'm sure there are a lot more people with greater pain that I experience on a daily basis. But having spent all this time and effort getting myself into a position to have the most optimal outcome, not to mention if I didn't do all that I would be near bed ridden, is that all the process is about? I couldn't find any references to the evaluation process that we would go thru, so hoping someone else that has gone thru it can provide some answers? Thanks in advance.