My right hip weirdness started in Nov 2014. The past year is when it became dramatic. I had tried going to an ortho guy a year ago and was met with stony silence as I told him of my quality of life getting smaller and smaller. Most he could say was I can give you a shot - I declined. I thought that since it was diagnosed as "mild arthritis", it needed to be non-mild before I could have something done that was more permanent. But as time went on and I pushed myself despite my hip pain and decreasing range of motion, people I worked with told me that quality of life issues matter also and don't get stuck on the "mild" label. So I go to my primary and ask for a second opinion and I went to a totally different organization. I armed myself with all the facts of what I had been going through and this time I brought along a very dear friend who is a nurse in case I wimped out with the doctor. But this doctor barely let me tell my story because he looked at the x-ray and said meds and PT wasn't going to fix that. I was bone on bone. He said quality of life mattered. My surgery was 3/18/19. I have been very fortunate throughout my recovery process so far. I qualified for anterior. I had only 1 night stay in the hospital - the hospital staff were great. I stayed with my nurse friend for a week and a half. The first few days I was doing too much so when home PT got to me on day 3, my pain reading was 4-5. I then took an Alleve that day which helped but the home PT person helped me to scale back my expectations. Once I decreased my activity and added icing, that soreness became much less but then there was the swelling. My thigh got really swollen and when I would try to elevate then my foot would get swollen. So I found the info on this site about elevating, I followed those instructions and lo and behold, the swelling got under control. I took myself off the gabapentin cuz all it did was make me woozy and once I could be cleared headed, I got bored and wanted to be amongst my own things so I moved back to my condo. Then stiffness and tightness was my new symptom. With the help of a new home PT watching me walk, it was determined I was still walking like I was before surgery - swinging my leg around. It had become a habit. So I have to be very focused when I walk with my walker and my mantra while I do it is "heel-toe, heel-toe". I slow down and chant that and now I get stiff in the right places - my groin and inner thigh. Before my outer hip and back were stiffening. So the right muscles are being used. I am now doing cane within the condo and walker outside. My 3rd home PT person has really helped me as to stretches and the exercising of the large muscles as well as balance. And they are helping. I can put my socks on now. I've been able to trim my toenails. Getting into and out of bed is done with ease now. I started driving yesterday. My 2 week appointment with my doc was today and he is thrilled with my recovery. My biggest thing right now is I need to exercise my discipline and patience muscles because even tho I have met some milestones, I'm at the stage where I have to go slow and steady. I would love to walk greater distances or stand longer but my hip can only take so much and I get fatigued. Which is totally normal at this stage from what I have read on this site and from what the PT people tell me. I need to let my body call the shots. This site has been very helpful even though I haven't posted til now. The leg elevation instructions were invaluable. The warning about PT not being over done is a good caution - my doctor has the same philosophy this site has. He said studies show it can be contraindicated for good hip recovery. And the thread about depression was helpful. I was baffled that I started feeling a little low the past couple of days and was kind of down on myself because of it because my recovery has been going so well - what did I have to be down about? I now know it is because I'm starting the real work of long term recovery right now and I need to be patient - my life will need to still be small for awhile and I need to keep reminding myself that it is temporary. So, that is my recovery story .... so far. A work in progress.