Hi everyone— I was on my third round of PT at a local hospital, to try and deal with the pain in my arthritic hips, when the therapist read me the riot act for not going to see an orthopedic surgeon. I was trying to put off the surgery, thinking I would be incapacitated for a long time. I am in the music business and have an unusually late-blooming career, also was about to move in with my boyfriend, into a house with stairs. The therapist convinced me I would be so much better off getting this done soon, and after a visit to the surgeon, I knew she was right. The surgeon told me I could have my other hip done 6 weeks after the first, so I booked both. The operation, the anterior method, took 90 minutes. I opted for an epidural. I was not aware of any pain or of the surgery itself. I came home the next day. I used a walker for a few days, then graduated to crutches, then one crutch after week 2. My pain has been pretty minimal, and I was able to climb our 15 stairs one at a time quite soon. I think that in another week at most, I will be walking unaided, at which point it will be almost time for operation #2. I already feel so much better than I did. I wish everyone here the very best.