I'm currently 26 (will be 27 for surgery) and I've had issues with my hip for several years. I've delayed a hip replacement due to wanting to have children first and the consequences of getting it replaced young. I had bilateral osteotomies when I was in high school and went on to develop OA, protrusio acetabuli, impingements, bone spurs, so on and so forth. I've done everything under the sun to continue functioning, including injections, which only give a few weeks of relief. I'm tired of so much of my life revolving around pain: "How many pain pills should I take with me?" "Where is somewhere I can sit down if I need to?" "I can't do x, I hurt too much." In Jan my left hip suddenly "gave out" and I lost all internal rotation; they're calling it an arthritic flare. I now walk slowly and my foot points outward; I have a hard time getting through Walmart - but it's doable. I'm lucky in the fact that my surgeon, Daniel Berry out of Rochester, MN, left the decision up to me on whether to continue with conservative measures or do the hip replacement. However, I hate not knowing if I'm making the right decision. Some doctors I've seen tell me it's a quality of life issues and to do it, whereas others tell me to continue putting it off. I wish they'd all get on the same page! Lol. Currently, surgery is scheduled for June 18th. My Xrays and MRI certainly don't look "bad enough" to warrant a replacement, which is disheartening. It's hard to find objective validation. Do you wish you would have done your hip replacement when you were younger? How did you determine it was time? I've included my Xray for reference. Any thoughts and feedback are appreciated; it's hard to find people who understand the struggle!