Looks like I am all set to go for May 23rd! Hubby and I met with my "second opinion" Surgeon who does about 450 THR per year and is highly regarded as one of the top Orthopedic Surgeons in San Diego (been doing hips/knees for about 30 years). My first "potential" surgeon, just didn't feel like a good fit for me for a whole host of reasons, which I won't elaborate on except to say that my interaction with this Dr. made me feel very confident in him, the procedure and my prognosis. Any hesitation on moving forward is gone! He and his "assistant surgeon" where very knowlegable, able to go through every detail I wanted and explain in laymen's terms and provided me with so much more post op info than Dr.#1... they even had a slightly different take on my condition, but agreed a THR was only way to fix the situation. He uses a posterior approach, will likely use the DePuy ACTIS system with a ceramic head/polyethylene liner. Typically does not have to use screws (only in about 5% of cases). No cement, internal dissolving sutures and dermabond to close the incision which will allow me to shower and said it leaves a better look than staples or sutures in his opinion. Said he would not anticipate me being in the hospital more than one night, will probably need a walker for a couple of days to a week, then cane for 1-2 weeks, then if off pain meds and cane I can drive!!! (well thats what I am shooting for as I get "cabin fever"if I can't get out and about. 1. While I have some dysplasia, its not as bad as 1st Dr. indicated. 2. He does a posterior approach and anticipates using the DuPey Actis system (cementless stem with ceramic head & polyethylene liner). Says the bone will grow into the implant and if I do appropriate weight bearing exercising over the next 1.5 to 2 years, should be stronger than my bone would have been without it. 3. He closes the incision with dissolving sutures (interior) and uses dermabond on exterior. He said I could shower within a couple of days. 3. Said only restriction he is adamant about after surgery is no leg crossing for 1st 3 months. 4. Said most his patients are on a walker for 2-4 days then move to a cane for a week or two and by week 3, if off pain meds and off cane, can begin to drive. 5. Said Air travel in-state ok in 4 weeks, out-of-state okay in 6 weeks, and international ok in 3 months.