@gibber sorry to hear about your situation…i know all to well what you are going through I had 5 total hip replacements because of infection and the last replacement I had a Mayo clinic. Unfortunately I dislocated my 5th replacement and I got infection from them going in to put it back into place. So the plan was to leave me with no hip for the rest of my life which I hated to hear being so young (37) but I knew I didnt have a choice … Unfortunately my infection was so bad and I had had so many surgeries on my leg that I ultimately chose to have an amputation…i know its scary to hear because of your situation but if I was given the opportunity to have another hip replacement and try again I would have. I was without a hip for 4 years and other than my back hurting gping without a hip wasn't terrible. I have had plenty of spacers to I just find that over time they can grind away at the cup of your pelvis. I hope you don't take my situation as a common one because its not and I am the one who chose to amputate, I wasn't forced. I'm here if you wanna talk or have any other questions. Best of luck to you!!