Hi everyone. Having spent the last few weeks reading people's comments here , thought I would introduce myself. I am 58 and have had intermittent hip problems for the last 3 years. I was told during last summer that I would require THR due to labral tears and advanced OA but was so shocked that I could not contemplate the op then. After a second opinion confirming this, I have reluctantly accepted that I need to do this to get my life back. Sensing my doubt, my consultant told me that if he showed my x-ray to 20 Orthopaedic surgeons they would all expect to replace the joint immediately. My initial thought was, well yes, but that's what you do for a living! However, common sense has prevailed, and despite my abject terror at the prospect of every aspect of the op and recovery, I have bitten the bullet. My hope now is that I can get through this with minimal trauma and pain, and with a successful outcome, so that I and my husband can start living our lives properly again . Roll on Summer!