I am new to this forum but so glad I found this site. I am 55 years old and have been an avid runner all my life. An MRI from a bout of hamstring tendonitis first revealed arthritis in my left hip in 2016. Over the years, the arthritis has slowly gotten worse. Initially I had great success with cortisone shots, and was able to continue running w/o pain until it wore off, or I got another injury, but my most recent shot in March has had little effect. My arthritis has seriously degraded in the past year. I can no longer run w/o pain and have pain doing simple things like getting off the couch or out of a car. I am now 100% clear that THR surgery is my best option, and seeing all of the success stories on this site has made me optimistic that there is yet another chapter in my running life.
What I am afraid of is that I get one chance to get the surgery right, and there are many options. I’m going for a second opinion on surgery in August. Recently I have heard about dual mobility joints, and I am wondering if I should be pushing for that. I have also heard that anterior surgery is easier to recover from. If there is a checklist of things I should be pushing for or asking about, I would love to hear from others – or even things you would have done differently if you could turn the clock back and go through surgery again.