Hi All- I am 54 years young and had bilateral (both hips) anterior replacement on December 10th 2018. Left hip was really bad for years and decided on surgery after right hip started to act up. I'm a sucker for a 2-for-1 deal so opted for the bilateral lol. Surgery went very well, I exceeded all expectations and went home the following morning. Normal recovery pain, but followed the meds regiment and was controlled (pain meds, anti-clot, anti-inflammatory). Had a scare at one week when visiting nurse removed the dressings as they pulled off the underlying mesh (outer incisions glued) and the right incision opened up somewhat. Reclosed and went on an antibiotic precautionary. At home therapy went well. Was way ahead of the curve. Never even used the cane, went from walker (about a week) to walking. Did notice toward end of home PT (2 weeks) that right hip was lagging behind left. Therapist at that point felt that right wasn't behind, but that maybe left was just that far ahead. Started outpatient PT at 3 weeks. Seemed ok, just favored the right hip. First post-op visit with the PA at 4 weeks. X-rays looked good. My complaints at this point were the numbness in the thighs and considerable pain still in right outside hip, worse with movement- walking, stairs, and knee lifts. Left hip (again this was the bad one initially) felt good as new. Numbness was explained as closeness to nerves at incision points and that it would most likely return to normal. Right hip pain was attributed to inflammation, and they put me back on anti-inflammatory. Physical therapist was suspicious, as we never got past the rudimentary exercises due to right hip. Her first concern possible infection, and recommended I get a blood test to rule out. I called the Dr’s office but they refused to order the bloodwork as they didn’t feel it was necessary. I went ahead and got it done on my own. There was luckily no sign of infection, but at almost 7 weeks my red blood cell count along with hemoglobin were still low (how long does it take to regenerate post-op?). Pushed and got an appointment with the surgeon. Didn’t think it was a mechanical issue, attributed the pain to bursitis, and gave me a lovely cortisone injection that he said should provide relief in a day or two. Ceased PT until further notice. Not sure why but the injection made it far worse- I couldn’t walk more than 100 yards without having to stop due to the pain. Felt like a horse had kicked me in the hip. Also noticed that the pain was extending to the front top of the thigh, and deep in the buttock area. Went back again and he put me on a 6-day steroid treatment (6,5,4,3,2,1). With the 6 pills the first day I felt like superman! Except for some localized sharp pain, it felt the best it had since the surgery. This was short lived however, and as the days wound down, the pain came back, and I’m afraid that the liberties I took while it felt good made it actually worse. Also with right foot planted any type of twisting causes a sharp pain in the hip area. Last visit with the Dr on Feb 14 and explained the feelings. I am going for an MRI on Feb 20, with a follow-up the following day. I am very frustrated and somewhat depressed. Have heard so many good things about this procedure. As of right now, I am nearly as bad off as I was prior to the surgery but with the opposite side. Appreciate anyone’s help and insight. I am more than happy to reciprocate where I can. Also want to give a shout out to my lovely wife who has cared for, supported, and put up with me selflessly throughout. In my opinion the most important “medicine” on the path to recovery is a good support system at home.