Really reconsidering surgery next week. This is a long post... When I scheduled surgery at the end of the summer I was having more discomfort with my athletic endeavors and this has been my main driving force for surgery- keep active, cycling, long family vacations hikes. I developed trochanter (thigh bone) bursitis after a hike I should not have attempted...level of intensity was unexpected. I did turn back early. About 2 months ago I had cortisone shots for both trochanter bursa (not my knees) and started getting my whole body...core and upper body (I have strong legs already) ready for Dec surgery. Since then my knees have felt fabulous....2 months ! So here I am at preop testing Fri saying my pain level is zero. I had been thinking my strength going into surgery will be a plus, and that my knees are only going to get physically worse (bowed, bone spurs esp on right knee). Have been bone on bone lateral sides for a few years. But now I'm second guessing everything. I am blessed to be one of the few who have little day to day pain. I score extremely low on the arthritis score chart on this website. Sure I'm stiff after sitting awhile. But it's doable. I have adopted hiking poles and knee braces for hikes and my strong arms help me up and down stairs....Im really good at adapting to my bad knees. I have come across just one too many posts lately (here and elsewhere) of extra tough recoveries (I KNOW it'll be hard...year or more of pain and healing) and just poor outcomes. I also realize people with issues post more than those having none. I'd be crushed if I came out of this surgery worse than going in....need to have faith that I won't. So I am becoming less and less mentally sure of my surgery choice. I have had a lot of anxiety over this, leading to stomach and bladder issues (history of both) the past 2 week. I have had some success with acupuncture to help me feel more grounded (awesome..first time trying this!!) I know that I have to be the one to make the final decision. I'd appreciate any input from this great group !