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Every person's experience is different but the vast majority of individuals have great success.

The first thing that come to mind is yes, you will have to make some changes in your life. Yes you could in theory keep jumping around the stage and do high impact sports BUT it will lessen the life of the hip itself. Hips today can last as long as 20 years if you have a good surgeon utilizing the newest techniques. Abusing your hip as you did in the past will definately shorten that lifespan which means you'll need another replacement probably in your 30's instead of in your 40's. Are these activities worth the increased pain and decreased lifespan of the hip? To me it isn't.

There are still lots of things you can do and still enjoy life, you'll just have to find new ways of moving around with the band istead of jumping. You'll have to learn and know your limits. We all had to but it doesn't mean your life will come to an end.

The surgery:
It's about a 4 hour surgery and on average about a 4-7 day hospital stay. Your leg will be weak and it will hurt. People claim they felt better after the surgery, I never did and had mine done many times.

After the hospital stay you may be sent to a rehab facility or stay in the hospital for rehab. This period of time could be for a few days up to a few weeks. It depends on your doctor itself and how your progress while in the hospital immediately.

They do get you up and walking the next day but it's not like you think. Generally speaking you'll be using a walker to get around and won't be able to lift your leg. Some doctors will allow full weight bearing, some won't.

Infection rates are low. Generally they have you on IV antibiotics for a few days. Any time you get a large cut or have surgery you will need medication to prevent infections. Any time you have dental work done you will have to be premedicated with antibiotics to prevent infections. The reason this is done is that when you have an infection the first place it will travel is to the prothesis, this in turn will release toxins that go through your blood stream and to your heart which can kill you

Blood clots are rare. They will have you wear special hose to help prevent them and probably have you on a machine for the first few days you are in the hospital to keep the blood circulating. I would not worry about it. You may have to take blood thinners or aspirin for a period of time just to protect you.

You'll have to go to physical therapy for probably 6 weeks after you are out of the hospital. Rehabilitation is so very important. If you are healthy you can expect to be back to a normal lifestyle in 3-6 months, for some folks it does take longer.

Definately read the other threads, I've written a few myself regarding a recent revision I had due to hip failure. There's a lot to be learned but it's nothing to be scared of. The risks are no different than any other surgery but you do have to protect your hip for a period of time. You will not be allowed to bend more than 90 degrees for a while, you will not be allowed to cross your legs either until your doctor feels it is OK.

Most doctors will give you a handbook of the things to expect post op and what you will need like a shoe horn, grabber to pick things up off the floor, raised toilet seat, shower chair etc. Some hospitals offer classes you can take prior to the surgery, see if your doctor or hospital offers them. It will answer much of your base questions.

Good luck
Barbie