After two years of pain I have finally made the decision to have my left hip replaced. The past year has been difficult with constant pain not allowing me to be active as I like. The last straw was a recent trip to Italy where I was miserable walking each day. I knew the walking would be a challenge during this trip but I felt I could get by with meds which did not work. By the end of the trip I had to use a hiking stick to get around. During this amazing trip I realized I would never be able to do this again unless I got my hip replaced. I have also missed snow skiing the past few years due to the pain and weakness. Upon return I received a letter from my insurance company that the surgeon I had seen back in September would no longer be covered by my insurance. This surgeon performed both the Anterior and Posterior approach. I then found another surgeon in the area that I like and trust that my insurance would cover. He was very positive on my recovery and due to my good health I will be back to normal quickly with my activities that are important to me. He explained in detail the difference between the two types of surgery however he only does the posterior surgery. I had talked to a few "friends of friends" that were very happy with the Anterior surgery but have not heard any first hand information on the posterior surgery. My wife wanted me to look for another surgeon who does the anterior approach but I decided to schedule surgery for January 8th with this surgeon whom I like. I also want to get this taken care of early January so I can recover in the winter when my business is slow. When asked about the difference in recovery I was told that although many patients/ doctors feel the anterior approach recovery and pain may be a little quicker; the time difference is very minimal and in many patients it is virtually the same. Any thoughts or information would be greatly appreciated.