Hip replacement worries - analysis paralysis
Just bringing back my topic in a new way to ask for your thoughts. I need a hip replacement — not for pain but because joint is so stiff I have to use a cane (sometimes two), am bending forward more, and getting more limited in function. At 68, I would really like to get back to walking since it has been 5 years of decline. Five ortho docs I saw in years past said without pain in hip, they would not replace. Now I found two docs (one does 2x more knees than hips — 60 hips a year) and the other is a trauma surgeon who each say they would do it.
Since people on this forum have said: "If I knew then what I know now" — I would like to know more now so I pick the better alternative. One says posterior with lots of PT after. The other says anterior with no PT. Since no docs before even wanted to do surgery, now having two with opposite opinions is keeping me up at night worrying. I could do nothing but I want to have a life — just don't want it to be worse than it is now. I've talked with others about their docs but they were ones that did not want to do mine because my joint is so stiff/stuck – joint is welding itself to the cup – so apparently would take twice as long as "normal" hip replacement. Any thoughts anyone can offer so I can move beyond "analysis paralysis" and get on with life? Thanks.