I'll be be getting a hip replacement done sometime this year. I'll find out on July 30th when I see the doctor. My hip is literally dislocating. The ball of it is half out and being held in by a ligament. Lovely. It hurts a lot all the time. I have hip pain for years but this is truly awful. I can't say I'm happy about getting the surgery done though. I am deathly afraid of being put to sleep, being in the hospital and I really don't like needles.There are so many unknowns. What will I be able to do after the surgery? I figure housework is out of the question. How will I get by if I can't bend over? Will my pain level be any better than it is now? At least at first? It is a major surgery after all. It's gonna suck to lose my freedom and be semi helpless. Yes,it will "only" be temporary but it will still suck. Thank goodness I have friends who will give me rides, feed the cats and help with housework. I live alone so I'll need it. I am hoping this will all be worth it one day. I figure I'm between a rock and a hard place - if I don't get it done my hip will definitely dislocate and if I don't, it might anyway. My chances are better with the surgery though. I'm really hoping the doctor won't send me to a rehab place. Wish me luck.