Good morning everyone. I’ve just registered on the forum as I’m having surgery to replace my left hip on 15th April. Thank you for running this excellent supportive community for those going through joint replacement surgery; it’s invaluable. A little about me: I’m a 43 year old male who’s led an active life but suffered from worsening knee pain for about 15 years. After years of aimless physio intervention I finally saw an OS who xrayed my knee and hips. I was diagnosed in November with severe RA as a result of FAI. It came as a great shock and I have to admit to having taken a bit of a knock mentally as a result of the diagnosis. I fell into a bit of a rut immediately afterwards but have managed to improve my mood through meditation which I’d recommend to anybody feeling similar for whatever reason. After seeing two more OS I elected to have the Mako robotic assisted surgery as I was persuaded by its accuracy as reported improvement in recovery time. However I’ve also read a couple of journal articles that mention some of the potential disadvantages, mainly a possible increase in likelihood of heterotopic ossification and, because locating pins are used to help with robotic surgery, potential issues with pain as a result of these pins. I would be interested to hear of any opinions or experiences about the robotic surgery option (I have read one or two threads here). I still have the option of going the conventional route if I want to. I suppose it will all be done robotically eventually but, compared to traditional surgery, it hasn’t had the longevity to be properly compared. Many thanks in advance!