I am needing a new hip, and I have a tentative surgery date if 12-17. My problem is that I have a rod and 11 srews in my femur from a spiral fracture about 20 years ago. My surgeon would prefer to take the old hardware out, then wait a few months before he performed my total hip replacement. I have begged him to do this in one procedure, because I had my knee replaced (same side) on 9-21, and I really want all this done in one surgery. I work for a very small company, so it is a real inconvenience for someone to cover my office for these procedures. Plus I would like to get all this done in 2012, because my wife had her hip replaced in July, so have obviously met our out of pocket requirements for the year. I think he will do it. I will know after another set of x-rays on 11-14. Has anyone out there had a similiar situation??